Tips from the Bar: Douglas Adam Stone Prompt

Explain how to get a couch too large for the stairwell into a third-floor apartment.

(Actually, Adam doesn’t even care if this is a poem or not: solve this problem in time to save his couch and you can expect extra-special treatment at the bar.)

Feature for December 14, 2011: Christian Drake

Christian Drake hosts at the Cantab Lounge during the 2011 National Poetry Slam. Photo by Jonathan Weiskopf.

Christian Drake hosts at the Cantab Lounge during the 2011 National Poetry Slam. Photo by Jonathan Weiskopf.

Christian Drake is a six-time National Poetry Slam team member who has appeared on Finals stage three times: once as a competitor (Team Albuquerque 2009) and twice as an invited guest performer (2006 and 2007). This former Somerville resident has also been a host of the Berkeley Slam and Albuquerque, NM’s Poetry & Beer Slam, Oakland’s famous Tourettes Without Regrets variety show and the spin-off he founded, Tourettes Without Regrets ABQ. His poetry has been performed on at least three continents and covered by hundreds of high school forensics students, and he himself has performed in over sixty cities in the U.S. and Canada. He has never appeared on HBO, but has been featured on Al Jazeera.

Christian’s earned his reputation in the slam world by combining finely-crafted poetry with wild, rock-and-roll-inspired performance. A poet of outstanding variety, his repertoire includes poetry about heartbreak, music formats, war, nature, pornography, immigration, gardening, mythology, love, and the relative merits of period sex. He’s best known for his environmentalist message; currently a science teacher in the New England wilderness, his work as an aquarium naturalist, planetarium guide, urban forester and park ranger has influenced his craft. The effect is, to quote one audience member, ‘like nature poetry filtered through a guitar amp.’

Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. A semi-final poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Well, we kept promising Jamei Bauer was going to kill some dogs at her feature, and, by heck, she did it; the Cantab’s best veterinary technician just about wrecked us with her heartrending stories from the ER– not to mention her tongue-in-cheek depictions of love, death, and life as God on the beach. A rollicking four-man slam was won by Sean Patrick Mulroy, who defeated Sam Teitel in order to advance to the December 21 season final.

Next week: naturalist poet Christian Drake features, followed by a second semi-final slam with Omni, Meaghan, Simone, and Melissa.

Tips from the Bar: Walking Dead Prompt

Use the following as title, subject, line, or inspiration for your poem: docile opossum apocalypse.

Feature for December 7, 2011: Jamei Bauer

Jamei Bauer

Jamei Bauer

Jamei Bauer is a veterinary technician, educator, and poet. She fled her home state of Alabama at the age of 17 and has been proud to call New England her home ever since. She loves snow. She once, accidentally, killed a giraffe. The biggest reason people stop talking to Jamei at parties is that she tells disgusting stories about working in an animal hospital. The biggest reason people stop talking to Jamei at work is that she tells them she writes poetry. Much of her work deals with reconciling these worlds.

Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. A semi-final poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Cantab fans turned out in full force to see 2011 Cantab Slam Team member (and Emerson Poetry Project curator) Maya Phillips feature last night! She brought a super-tight set of old work and new, including a brandy-new chapbook for the fans. The final open slam in the 8×8 series was won by Melissa Newman-Evans, who charmed the audience early then took a heartbreaker of a final round over Ed.

Next week: everybody’s favorite vet tech poet, Jamei Bauer, will be our feature. The slam will be the first of the two 8×8 semi-finals with Bobby, Sam, Nate, and Sean competing.

Tips from the Bar: Pandorschrodinga’s Box

You have a received a gift from someone who:

  • Doesn’t like you
  • Is a terrible gift-giver.

What’s in the box?

Feature for November 30, 2011: Maya Phillips

Maya Phillips performs on the Cantab open mic. (Photo by Marshall Goff.)

Maya Phillips performs on the Cantab open mic. (Photo by Marshall Goff.)

Maya Phillips grew up in Long Island. She is pursuing a degree in Writing, Literature, and Publishing at Emerson College in Boston, Mass. She was a member of Emerson College’s 2010 and 2011 CUPSI teams, as well as a member of the 2011 Boston Cantab Team. She is the current curator and SlamMaster of Emerson College’s slam series. She splits her time between the Boston and New York poetry scenes. Maya also works as one of the hosts at the Boston Poetry Slam.

Doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 and the feature performs at approximately 10:00. An open poetry slam in the 8×8 series will follow. The show is 18+ (ID required) and the cover charge is $3.

Tips from the Bar: Persona Poem Prompt

Your poem should start with the first line: “I’m not a serial killer, but…”.

Cantab Recap for Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Here’s hoping the holiday week was fabulous for everyone! We had a great time on Wednesday at the bar, listening in to Lucifury, who came all the way from Denver to rock a full set. The slam was won by Simone, who narrowly defeated crowd favorite Ed in the final round.

Next week: 2011 Cantab slam team member Maya Phillips features, followed by the last open poetry slam of 2011.