Can't wait for August and 2012 National Poetry Slam? Looking for slam novelty? Tried internet poetry performance? Here's something not entirely unfamiliar considering the effective use most slammer make of video. Try a digital slam at "StAnza," a blog described as "news and chat from Scotland's International Poetry Festival.
Ladies and gentlemen, boys, girls, poets and spoken word artists, welcome one and all to the StAnza Digital Slam 2012!
The StAnza judges have worn out their headphones and risked clinical screen-burn to whittle down the wonderful entries to a shortlist of the crème de la crème of internet poetry performances.
The diversity and quality of the entries was staggering. Poems of all shapes and sizes were recorded in bike sheds, forests, graveyards, underneath towers, in front of live audiences, and in recording studios. Poets ranging from their teens to their sixties, award-winning to unpublished, and in a variety of languages, sent in entries from as far away as Denmark and the USA, and as close to home as St Andrews itself.
Entries have been scored by a panel of judges for Content and Performance to produce the shortlist you can see in alphabetical order [at the link] below – but the overall winner will be decided by you!
Watch the videos and then Roll up and vote in the StAnza Digital Slam at the StAnza Blog. More about StAnza: Scotland’s International Poetry Festival.
StAnza website: www.stanzapoetry.org, email contact: email@example.com