Cantab Recap for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Last night at the Cantab, we were pleased to welcome back the slam’s original doorman, Ron Goba, for a much-anticipated feature. A long-ago mainstay of the door and the open mic, and now a regular bi-annual feature, Ron has never yet let us down: he brought us a complex, sound-dense, ten-part journey, filling his entire feature time with this singular poem. We are so proud to have hosted this intense and unique show.

After a good long break to enjoy the presence of our veteran feature, a slam packed with rookies hit the stage. Although one-time Mill City team member Nathan Comstock put forth a valiant effort to reach the final round, it was first-timer Rachel Dunkel who took the big win and the big $10. Congratulations to Rachel, our first open slam winner to qualify to try out for the 2016 Boston Poetry Slam Team!

TONIGHT: we are pleased to announce that the 2015 Boston Poetry Slam Team (with guest poet Zeke Russell) will perform at the Attleboro Art Museum in a head-to-head-to-head team slam with Providence and Worcester! This might actually be the very first NorthBEAST team slam anywhere in New England this year, so head down to cheer on (or heckle) your favorites: the lovely one-room museum is easily accessed from the Attleboro stop of the Boston/Providence Commuter Rail.

Next week: get in line early for NEA Fellow, National Book Award judge, and, yes poetry slam veteran Jeffrey McDaniel! He’ll be bringing copies of very his latest book, Chapel of Inadvertent Joy, which you can purchase to wave triumphantly during the third act of the show: our second open poetry slam of the series.