Poetry slam at The Playhouse

Feb 05, 2013
Photo by: Bethany Oprie Jacob Fricke will herd fellow and sister poets at a lively poetry slam Friday night, Feb. 15 at The Playhouse in Belfast.

Belfast — The Belfast Poetry Slam is back, poised to rout romantic and seasonal indifference via the bold color of the poetic voices. Former Belfast Poet Laureate Jacob Fricke will host a live action poetry performance contest, open to all, Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at The Playhouse, 107 Church St.

Everyone is invited to come to the Playhouse ready for high art, high vaudeville, live words and bold times as this mock-Olympic performance injects drama, heartbreak, spunk, and grace into the everyday conception of poetry. Poets bold enough to take the stage should bring several poems of their own composition, each no longer than three minutes long. Following the familiar slam format, no costumes, props, or musical instruments are allowed.

After each contestant’s performance of a single poem, five judges randomly selected from the audience will hold up Olympic-style scorecards to furnish a numeric score and the victors will advance to the next rounds. Prizes of literary interest and cultural relevance will be awarded. Hot and cold drinks and a selection of freshly made baked goods, courtesy of Molly’s Kitchen in Belfast, will be provided.

The February slam will be held as a benefit for The Playhouse, and donations of $5 or other offers are welcome. For more information on slam poetry, visit poetryslam.com. For more information on this Belfast Poetry Slam, contact Fricke at jacob@belfastpoetry.com; or contact Mary Weaver at mary.playhouse@myfairpoint.net or 338-5777.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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