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SO, WHAT IS YORK SLAM?
It’s a Poetry Slam Competition!
WHAT IS A POETRY SLAM?
Poetry slam is a competitive performance arts event, in which poets perform spoken word poetry before a live audience and a panel of randomly chosen judges.
Slam contestants are given a microphone, a live audience and just two minutes to impress the judges with their ORIGINAL spoken word poetry.
Round 2: 4.15pm
Round 3: 5.10pm
Here’s some tips for first timers:
HOW TO WRITE SLAM POETRY
- Make your poetry slam original. The written piece must be original. The story being performed for competition needs to be your own work.
- Pay attention to time. Each poet has 2minutes to perform. While practicing your poem, time yourself to make sure you do not go over the time limit (poets lose points for going over 10 or more seconds!).
- Keep it simple and relatable. Your poem should be able to reach your audience the first time it’s heard. Read and perform it for family & friends before competing. Ask them what is clear and what is not. Choose themes and subjects that many people can relate to, like relationships, politics, religion, insecurity, family-social issues, etc. Your poem should be clear and convey a message.
- Perform with rhythm and passion. Your poem should have a rhythm that shows through your passionate performance. A slam poem moves the audience through different moods. How the poem is performed is at least as important as the content if not more. If performance isn’t your strong suit, try out some of our tips for reading your poems out loud and get advice on stage fright from other slam poets.
- Practice. Watch other slam poems for inspiration! There are lots on youtube.