Category: Cantab recaps

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

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, July 31, 2019

It’s been a rare and joyous July, poets and listeners: with an extra bonus Wednesday to enjoy this month, we were pleased to welcome Nkosi Nkululeko, anthologized Best American Poet (yes!) for 2018 and fabled-and-real-life-chess instructor to the stage for our fifth and final show in the humid heart of this summer. Nkosi’s work, impeccably …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Haha extremely funny! But also awkward! But also endearing! But also intense! But also incredibly well-crafted and basically a clinic on how to take a feature seriously while filling the audience with joy and dreams, wow! Our best of all possible thanks to Melissa Lozada-Oliva, last week’s featured poet, who started the night with a …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, July 10, 2019

This week, we welcomed YesYes author, Pamet River Prizewinner, and NYU MFA Diannely Antigua to the stage. This smart and unapologetic poet plied her charisma and craft-deep knowledge of form to surprise, shake up, and delight the audience. She totally sold out of books, but if you’re looking to catch your collection up, you can …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Another June in the books, Cantabbers! Big ups to last night’s feature, Ben Tolkin, who withstood some good-natured “elusive” ribbing in order to bring a dynamic, wide-ranging, and literally historically true feature to the stage last night. Take notes, folks on the hook for a full feature set: if you aren’t nestling a ten-minute poem …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Holy wow, Cantabbers: thanks so much to each of you who brought your kindest and truest selves to the show last night. Our open mic was the sweetest and shiniest strawberry it’s been a long time, thanks to the visible and joyful work of poets and audience, and surely due in no small part to …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 12, 2019

What a night! It was a joy to welcome team slam back to the Cantab, just in time for summer: last night, two established slams and two local presses mixed it up for a wildly satisfying show. After four rounds of literary battle, we’re excited to congratulate pizza pi press on their big win! pizza …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Last night, poet Jasmine Reid took our stage for a sound-rich, spellbinding feature featuring work from her upcoming chapbook from Honeysuckle Press. This tender and uncompromising poet brought us along an emotional and physical journey linked with lush vowels and abundant slant rhyme, deprioritizing narrative in favor of audible sumptuousness: a glorious and blooming opener …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 29, 2019

What’s better than a five-Wednesday month? How about a one-time Poet Populist and intense font of potential energy taking the stage at 22 Again; this past week, Toni Bee closed out our May poetry sessions with a sweet and sexy and smart set of poems, songs, and welcoming banter. Extra thanks to Toni for her …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Shay Alexi appeared in our venue last night, fresh from Atlanta and hot in the middle of a long-haul tour, reading and performing selections from Diary of a Ghost Girl and opening their heart to a gentle and enthusiastic audience. What a sweet night! And, great news: for folks hoping for more of Shay’s work …

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Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 15, 2019

We did it, Cantab: eight poets hit the stage last night in the hope of achieving the first-ever 2019 Boston Poetry Slam Team, went three rounds against one another with utmost joy and professionalism, and, at last, when the dust cleared the results were in:

1. Joshua Elbaum 83.8
2. Arianna Monet 82.3

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