Another Erotic Poetry Night survived, poets! We enjoyed a surprisingly smart, consensual, exoticization- and mango-free open mic last night, with highlights from first-time-readers crashing the erotic mic, love-poem-writers adding extra genital imagery for the audience to fill in, and at least a few meta-aware critical erotic moments. Writers, amiright??
We did eventually get down and dirty with the start of the Deadly Sins vs. Heavenly Virtues slam. The virtuous Marshall Gillson kicked things off with a Diligent ode to the inconspicuous clitoris just to get us all in the mood, but was soundly defeated by sinner Dawn Gabriel, whose Slothful editing habits led to an over-time but still wildly appreciated piece. Other memorable moments include the triumphant return of Delisile Godeffroy-Taylor to the slam stage as a victorious Gluttony, Nora Meiners heartily selling the no Avarice, no problems story to a greedy crowd, and most likely the hottest Chastity poem you’ve ever heard laid down by Chloé Cunha.
At the end of the night, the Sins had eeked out a win, establishing that the Cantab’s soul is divided evenly into seven parts of Gluttony, Avarice, Sloth, Envy, Humility, Patience, and Chastity. (Yeah, we were surprised, too.) Congratulations to Jade Sylvan, who captained the winning Sins, and to Sean Patrick Mulroy, whose Virtuous battle for your own soul will begin again next week.
Oh, right, next week: we return to the 2015 Boston Poetry Slam Team Selection Slams! Wednesday, February 18 marks our twelve-poet Semi-Finals, a two-round free-for-all featuring some of the strongest slammers in the northeast. Only nine advance to Finals in April, and we’re charging $5 on this special night to help send the eventual team to the National Poetry Slam in August. Come out to cheer, heckle, and judge to see who will make it to the next round!