First off, I have to admit that I am not a fan of poetry slams. I think the idea of scoring other peoples' poems is inane. It's especially silly because the judges are selected at random and the judging itself is COMPLETELY subjective. If you changed up the judges in a given bout, you could easily have a completely different result. What kinda sense does that even make? That said, I love to hear poets do their thing. Correction, I love to hear good poets do their thing. Bad poetry is like nails on a chalkboard to me, but that's a discussion for another day.
Anyway, each year amazing poets from around the country converge on one lucky city to share their talents at the National Poetry Slam (NPS). This year, the Bean gets the blessing. While I hear that most of the NPS 2011 events are sold out, if you arrive early you may still able to get tickets at the door so that you can get a taste of what the nation's slam poets have to offer. If you're not able to make it out to any of the events this year, remember that the greater Boston area is host to a lot of dope ongoing poetry events, like Sundays at the Lizard Lounge, Poetic Escape on the 4th Wednesday of every month, and the East Meets Words open mic on the 2nd Friday.
For a full listing of NPS 2011 events and more info, check out the NPS 2011 website.