The Vancouver Poetry House presents : The Individual Poetry Slam Playoffs Featuring C.R.Avery
On Monday, September 11th at Cafe Deux Soleil, the top scoring poets of the summer season will compete to determine who will represent Vancouver in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, WA between Oct 11-14th 2017, as well as the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam between April 19-April 29th 2018.
The poet who wins The Playoff slam will have their flight and accommodations covered by the Vancouver Poetry Slam and will be crowned our Individual Poetry Slam Representative.
The rules for Playoffs are the same as always. Please feel free to review these rules on the Vanslam Website. They will also be reviewed by the host at the beginning of the show.
The format for the evening will be as follows:
The slam will consist of 10 competitors (9 top scorers from the summer season plus the winner of Monday’s -Sept 4th- last chance slam). There will be four rounds. All rounds are cumulative (your points from each round will be added together to determine your rank in the slam), all rounds will also be cut from below (those with the highest scores will move on). The order of the rounds will be
Round one – Ten poets perform – 1 min poems
Round two – Eight poets perform – 2 min poems
Feature – C.R. Avery / Break
Round Three – Six poets perform – 3 min poems
Round Four – Four poets perform – 4 min poems
If there is a tie we will have a tie breaker round between the last two poets, this round will be a 3 min poem and will not be cumulative, but rather head to head.
The following poets will be competing in the playoffs on Monday Sept 11th:
Resting Butch Face
Last Chance Slam Winner: Kay Kassirer
Best of luck to all competing poets!
About our feature:
“Cue the frenzied combo of molar and spit.
his tongue touches every chroma on its way to blue.
he’s been rinsing with gravel, flossing with wire
and chewing brick again, he’s been a bad, bad boy.
but he is crackerjack conjurer of washboards and
rubber, even suburb girls welcome the twinging. i
want to nibble yesterday’s corona from his chin, rub
my index finger along the surface of his laugh, pull
the maw open to check the slick road of his throat.
there’s something illegal going on down there, the
sweet keening of ancient instruments. the orchestra
is fidgety, click-hipped, steaming inside that skin.
the boy opens the beauteous and, in gut rendering,
words become both otherwise and everything.”
Cafe Deux Soleils and the Van Slam strive to be a trans friendly venue and a hate speech free zone. Help us with that.
We acknowledge this event is taking place on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Please be respectful of that fact and its potential impacts when attending all VPH events.
Also, be kind to our VOLUNTEER door staff. They have to follow BC Liquor Board Rules and once we are sold out we can’t let anyone in unless someone leaves. You cannot save seats for people in line. Let them know if you are leaving. Also no ATM at the door, it’s cash ONLY.
Get there early if you want a seat or want to slam. Before 7pm!