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Slam poetry originated in Chicago in 1984.
Slam poetry originated in Chicago in 1984.


  • Naomi Pabon-Figueroa 5 years ago

    Congratulations on completing your first slam! I fell in love with slam poetry 10 years ago, but know it is not the avenue for me. Slam is a commitment, I'd say go with your gut instinct. It can be something for you to explore and grow in, see where life takes you! I love slam because it's a way of connecting with the poet. I can see how some people feel slam focuses too much on performance and compromises quality, but anyone with a pen can write something and call it a poem. More people writing poems may make it difficult to find high quality, but for the first time in a long time poetry is accessible and representative of more people.

  • Jackson Harlem 5 years ago

    Ohhh, congratulations, madame Truth! I wish I could've witnessed that greatness that is you.

    I say continue competing; you are not compromising anything, only sharpening yourself in a new way. I competed and won my first time "SLAMming", competing against State Poet Laureates & Pulitzer Prize winners, so winning gave me experience, more self-assurance, but also the respect among a new generation of poetry veterans.

    You are wonderful. Compete as you desire. You can do anything.

    J. Harlem

  • Thea Monyee 5 years ago

    At least we met each other=) Great article!

  • Soul (poetry examiner) 5 years ago

    This was a very informative article. I've never performed in a slam, because I personally don't feel I would succeed at it, but I love watching my fellow poets go give their all in a raw and random way!

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