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2Mar/102

BILLY TUGGLE FEATURES @ THE KZOO POETRY SLAM THIS THURSDAY

The Kzoo Poetry Slam moves to its own night this Thursday and I'm crazy excited about it.

Billy Tuggle is going to be the feature poet, here's a little taste from You Tube.

Billy Tuggle

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7Feb/100

It Feels Like Renaissance

I wish I had a recording of the Kzoo Slam last night, so I could better describe it to the unfortunate souls who weren’t there.

I think of every show as a unique work of art.  Different people with different voices, different experiences, and different poetic styles, all come together to create a unique artistic experience.  Sometimes it’s like an abstract kinda jazz, sometimes it’s a symphony.  No two shows are ever alike. . . you know, like snowflakes, or A-holes.

Watching old friends and new friends sharing (and by sharing, creating) art last night was inspiring, humbling, exhilarating, and exhausting.  It reminded me of the best times I spent at Dirty’s Outhouse Poets’ Café in the mid 90’s, it reminded me of the heydays of the Kzoo Slam at Kraftbrau 99-05ish.  It felt like a renaissance.

FEBRUARY SLAM WINNER: AZIZI

SECOND PLACE: KIRK LATIMER

P.S. Apologies for not having actual pictures from the show, they were way too blurry.  I will attempt to adjust my camera settings for the next show.

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31Jan/100

RESURRECTION DAY

ORIGINALLY POSTED on JAN 10th 2010

Last night was the first Kalamazoo Poetry Slam in over two years, and it was more than I dared to hope for. There was something even more amazing than the great venue, passonate well written verse, and the engaged and appreciative audience, there was a community. Every one I’ve met over the past two days has reminded me of an old friend. It made me feel simultaneously old and young again, or to paraphrase the poet,

“they write, like warriors
they walk and talk like they mean it
they are alive
and now I am too.”

Our first 2010 slam winner (with a perfect 30 score) is “Z” a fantastic poet, who hosts the Tuesday night open-mic at Blaze Hookah Lounge. Don’t be surprised if you run into me there real soon.

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30Jan/100

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This is Dave, Kzoo Slam web designer, blog administrator, and patron saint of the techno-clueless.
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