Cantab Recap For Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023

Happy Cantab Wednesdaverssary! One year ago, the Cantab re-started its Poetry Night after closing for two years due to the pandemic. This one-of-a-kind space would not be possible without the pure dedication and love of our wonderful staff and committed regulars. It’s a community unlike any other and an oasis for creativity and security alike. Happy anniversary, Cantab!

During this week’s open mic, I feel compelled to shout out and commemorate Eli Kane’s late cat, Nugget, whose spirit was with us through a beautiful piece by Eli himself. This was also one of those lucky weeks where Michael F. Gill hosts a haiku slam! The winner of the famed $17 this time was Logan Lopez, very narrowly beating out Sue Savoy with their funny and witty haiku. Logan, you may have the same name as an airport, but you always fly high in our hearts!

This week’s 🎬Weekly Shenanigans🎤 were likely due to the moderately high amount of 3-minute-time-limit pushers, with many a significant look given to passionate poets occupying the stage for more than their allotted 180 seconds. I myself may or may not have contributed to this, but who can blame me for wanting to tell the story of my prom night in a series of 19 limericks? (Editor’s note: it was a wild ride, but please time your poems beforehand!)

The feature this week was the remarkable Catherine Weiss!! They brought such a genuine energy to the room, reading from multiple books and performing on profound paleontology. Did you know they can guess which band instrument you played in middle school with very high accuracy? Regardless if you got to see them and their many talents, please check out Catherine’s website here:!

To top it off, this week’s ✏️Line of the Wednesday ✏️ is from the great March Penn, who is always bringing the heat, with this line:  “I keep asking vulnerability for less fire and more wood”

Coming up next: It’s a (last chance) open poetry slam, with the winner getting $50! For the last time this season, the top two contestants will qualify to be in our team selection slam coming up next month. Bring your best material if you plan on competing, otherwise bring your best energy to the audience and hype up our amazing poets! See you then!

– Amy ✈️

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All shows take place at the Cantab Lounge, 738 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge, with one flight of stairs to access the basement room (click for directions and accessibility information). The show is 21+ (ID/Proof of Vaccination required) and doors for the show open at 7:15. The open mic begins at 8:00 PM and the feature begins at approximately 10:00 PM. Due to a current inflation tax on transactions at the Cantab, the door charge will be $4 until further notice.