Feature for January 12, 2011: Charley Pope & Kevin Devaney

Charley Pope (photo by Marshall Goff) and Kevin Devaney

Charley Pope (photo by Marshall Goff) and Kevin Devaney

Charley Pope is a relative newcomer to the New England Slam Poetry scene. Hailing from Anchorage, Alaska, he now spends his time trekking around the Northeast to frequent as many poetry venues as he can. He was the SlamMaster for the Hampshire College Slam collective during 2009, and has represented the college at three national events (as well as numerous regional competitions). You can Google him, or find a sample of his poetry at www.charleypope.net.

Kevin Devaney is an MFA student at Sarah Lawrence College and is the founder and co-director of the Sarah Lawrence College Spoken Word Collective. In his free time, he likes to try to devise new ways for art to intersect with daily life. His latest book, Why I Believe in Winter, can be found at desirepress.org.

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: False Yelp

Write a stylized review of a restaurant or business: something that gives the impression of being written by the owner, or perhaps a friend of the owner, after taking one too many creative writing courses.

Tips from the Bar: Jack McCarthy Prompts 1 through 3

Part 1: Write about your blind date with God.

Part 2: Write about sharing an apartment with God.

Part 3: Write about your break-up with God.

Tips from the Bar: the Living Eulogy

Write a eulogy for a poet who is still, currently, breathing. It can be a true piece of admiration, a fictional skewering (or, for that matter, a true skewering), or something entirely satirical.

We did this at The Cantab five or six years ago, and Eric Darby wrote a rather heady piece concerning Prabakar Thyagarajan’s life as a luchador.

Tips from the Bar: Between the Lines

Find a poem that you feel strongly about, either positively or negatively. Double space the poem, and write line
that connect the end of one line to the beginning of the next. (For example: “So much depends/upon/a red wheelbarrow,” becomes “So much depends/on the length of rope coiled/upon/the pile of manure in/a red wheelbarrow”), now remove the original poem, and you have a new poem (“On the length of rope/the pile of manure”). Yours will hopefully be better than the pile of manure.

Tips from the Bar: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens

Write the same sentiment thirteen different ways: “It was cold this morning,” “I woke up to a snowman leaning over my bed,” “This morning my thermostat registered Republican,” etc.

Tips from the Bar: the Patricia Smith Prompt

Think of the person who means the most to you in the entire world: not necessarily romantically, but someone you love with all your heart. Now, dress them for their funeral.

Tips from the Bar: the Big Fish Prompt

Write a family history for your future spawn, but make it historically inaccurate and filled with hyperbole.

Tips from the Bar: No Thanks, I’m Driving

Poetically turn down an invitation from someone.

Tips from the Bar: the April Ranger Prompt

Write a love letter to a fictional figure from literature (Tom Sawyer, Hester Prynne, The Grinch, etc.).