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NaPoMo 1/30

Break/fast Morning. She tells me she is hungry. I present my empty hands outstretched palms up to show her all that I had to offer. This isn’t enough for someone who dry swallows tornadoes without even blinking.   I try to feed her my dreams. Here is a melting blue guitar. Here is an ocean…

NaCL: Salt City Slam Genesis Bout – God

The third part of the Salt City Slam Genesis Bout: God This piece was written and performed by me, Gray. It would be arrogant of me to do a deep mine of this piece, since it’s my own piece. I’ll just note a couple things: I started the piece with “Dear Children,” to echo how…

NaCL: Salt City Slam Genesis Bout – Eve and Lilith

  The third part of the Salt City Slam Genesis Bout: Eve and Lilith   The third part of the “Genesis” bout by Salt City Slam at the 2012 National Poetry Slam was one of my personal favorite pieces, let alone group pieces.   Written and performed by Rebeca Mae and De Emett. To recap:…

NaCL: Salt City Slam Genesis Bout – Adam

This is part two of the Salt City Slam Genesis Bout. This piece, composed and performed by Salt Lake Poet luminary, Brian Frandsen, is from Adam’s perspective. In the biblical telling, Adam, like Lucifer, also falls from the grace of God and is cast out from the Garden of Eden rather than from Heaven or…

NaCL: Salt City Slam Genesis Bout – Lucifer

Jesse Parent​, Lucifer, Salt City Slam Concept Bout, National Poetry Slam, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2012. With the passing of the National Poetry Slam due to the the collapse of Poetry Slam Inc, one type of performance poetry that may become obsolete is the concept bout. Playing off of the bout structure of four teams and…

NaCl Journal of Performance Poetry: Curriculum

Over the years, I have been invited to a few classrooms to do features. Following these features, I have had conversations with teachers about seeking resources to teach slam or performance poetry. I created this curriculum with one teacher in particular. I consider it more or less incomplete. I would like to cover writing strategies…

Dear God of Childhood

Dear God of Childhood Where did you go? Here one moment, gone the next. You dropped us off at adult practice and said you’d be right back but we haven’t seen you since. All these years later We hold on to some hope that maybe you’re just stuck in traffic. Maybe you’re lost at the…

NaCl Blog of Performance Poetry: The First Post

Where to start in a blog about performance poetry? First of all — the name. For now, I’ve settled on NaCl Blog of Performance Poetry. NaCl is sodium chloride, or salt. I’m from Salt Lake City. I’m open to suggestions. My original idea for this blog was to find a performance poem I could dissect…

Featured Performance Poem Blog

There’s a lot of slam and performance poems popping up all over the internet. The lead purveyor of performance poets has been Button Poetry for the past several years, and had contributed to the overall demand of performance poems (full disclosure: I have a poem up on Button). Recently, new channels have sprung up, such…