Category: Cantab recaps

Recaps from the Boston Poetry Slam @ the Cantab Lounge's weekly show.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Happy new calendar year, Cantabbers! Thanks so much to each and every one of you who came out to celebrate the first Wednesday of 2017 with local 2017 National Poetry Slam finalist Angelica Maria. Angelica performed beautifully, bantered sweetly, and shook our emotions fiercely and unrelentingly; what a way to dust out our hearts for …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Happy Old Year, Cantabbers! How pleasing to have enjoyed our last Wednesday of 2017 with seven-year-irregular Emily Duggan on the stage. Emily brought her poetry, theater, and ghostly skills to the show, taking us on a grand journey through the personal and the historical, all wrapped up in a delightful bundle of banter. We hope …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Happy solstice time, Cantabbers; we were so pleased to celebrate one of the longest nights of the year with one of the premier curators in New England, Northampton poet Catherine Weiss. This editor-in-chief and slam founder showed off her slam cred both on and off the page, bringing her beautifully illustrated work to the merch …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 13, 2017

It just wouldn’t be right to call Austin Hendricks‘ feature at the Cantab this past Wednesday “spider-infested;” after all, we invited the spiders over, enjoyed their company greatly, and, ultimately, were saddened to see their part in the feature end… So let’s call Austin’s carefully crafted, gently personal set something more like “spider-bedazzled” or “spiderfull” …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 6, 2017

What an exceptional open mic this week, folks: really thoughtful work, a great range of emotion and entertainment, and a deep thread of generosity of spirit running through the night… Oh, wait, was it RebeccaLynn’s feature night? Well, that all makes perfect sense. RebeccaLynn took the stage in a whirlwind of one-to-two-minute poems, leaving us …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Poets! Wizards! Muggles who retain hopes for magical outcomes! Gdangit, folks, you all packed the house on Wednesday for the Hogwarts House Slam and it might be the most fun we’ve had since we made the four MBTA train lines slam off against each other. Twenty intrepid poets (plus one sacrificial Sorting Hat) represented Hufflepuff, …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 22, 2017

It’s a five Wednesday month this November, Cantabbers, and you know what that means: not cold nor wind nor the worst traffic of the year can stop us from hunkering down for a bonus night with our weekly chosen family. This week’s feature came from John Pinkham, much-loved bartender, slammer, and golden-hearted local. John brought …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Some of us have been waiting a long time to hear Ricky Orng feature at the Cantab Lounge; last night, we finally got our wish! Ricky took us through stories of family and food, language and missed connections, and through all of it wound the substantial joy he makes part of his craft. You can …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Brrr! On the first truly chilly night of the fall, a hardy, poetry-warmed crowd packed into our cozy basement for an incomparable feature by New Jersey’s Nicole Homer. Nicole read intensely and beautifully from her first full-length collection, Pecking Order (Write Bloody 2017), engaging the audience with her tested performance chops and taking the crowd …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Success! This week, we enjoyed a fabulous All Hallows/Saints’/Souls’ slam, courtesy of director and host Cassandra de Alba. Seven pairs of poets slammed off for the dubious honor of a mysteeeeeeeeeeeeerious discount pharmacy prize, plus eternal (for real this time) glory. We are pleased to offer congratulations to the Died Young team, who, clocking in …

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