Cantab Recap for Wednesday, April 5, 2017

At last, at last, it’s National Poetry Month! You know, the one time of year you can read about “Is Poetry Dead?” in ten percent of your major news outlets… But don’t worry, our literally underground poetry scene continues very much alive for 12/12ths of the year, which you already knew if you were out to see Robert Lashley on our stage last night. Robert brought us an intensely driven performance of his unparalleled lyrical, surrealist work. Still reeling from his performance? You can grab his book, Up South, online, straight from Small Doggies Press.

After the feature, of course, we slam: this week’s open slam featured four friends-and-foes facing off in the penultimate speed slam of the season. The final one-minute round came down to John Pinkham and Rachel Sahlein, both riding high on love from the judges in the first two rounds: John took the ultimate run, and the ten bucks, leaving Rachel standing to slam another day. Congrats to John, who qualifies for our Champion of Champions slam on April 19 AND our World Qualifier Speed Slam on May 3!

Want your own qualifier spot? You’ll just need to win the last slam in the 8×8 series next week. That’ll be the end of our night, of course: the beginning starts up with our (regular-length) open mic, and our feature will be the prolific, thoughtful, and rock-solid April Penn. Come through!