Slammin'

Slammin' - Everton - "Well"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Everton performs her poem "Well" from Paul Devlin’s TV pilot Slammin', the pre-cursor to his movie SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

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Slammin' - Susan Ross - "The Brain I'm In"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Susan Ross performs her poem "The Brain I'm In" from Paul Devlin’s TV pilot Slammin', the pre-cursor to his movie SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Slammin': Stream on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

Slammin' - David Mills - "Thomas' Promises"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
David Mills performs his poem "Thomas' Promises" from Paul Devlin’s TV pilot Slammin', the pre-cursor to his movie SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Slammin': Stream on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

 

Slammin' - Everton - "Wendell Wedding"

Posted by Paul Devlin:
 
Everton performs his poem "Wendell Wedding" from Paul Devlin’s TV pilot Slammin', the pre-cursor to his movie SlamNation.
 
 
Slam Poetry melds the art of writing and the art of performance in the context of a good old fashion brawl.  SlamNation is the seminal film of this literary movement.
 

Slammin': Stream on VHX
SlamNation DVD 
SlamNation Trailer

 

Slammin' - Cheryl B - "Female Ejaculation"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

It's been two years since the passing of our friend poet Cheryl B. In honor of her memory, we offer this short excerpt from the TV pilot Slammin', in which she appeared.

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Slammin' - Evert Eden - "I Want to Be a Woman "

Guest post by Evert Eden aka Adam Ash!

I Want to Be a Woman became one of my signature poems in my slam years from 1994 to 1999. You know how it is: you road-test everything you write, then you find that two or three or four or five poems get the highest scores, and sometimes you stick with them for years. People used to complain that Patricia Smith did the same two poems three years running to win the Individual Slam, but hey, those were the ones that scored highest for her, so what was she supposed to do -- perform some other poem and lose?

I Want to Be a Woman was actually going to be the first in a long series of gender, cultural and other reversals, but after I Want to Be a Woman, I only got to write I Want to Be a Black Man. I never got round to I Want to Be a Dog and I Want to Be God and I Want to Be a Murderer and I Want to Be a Republican and I Want to Be a Dictator.

I performed I Want to Be a Woman as my final poem in 1997 to qualify for the individual finals in Connecticut, and managed to score a whole bunch of tens (in the actual finals I screwed it up royally). I remember Michael Brown telling me that my performance was like a levitation, like I was flying or something. I wish I had a video of that performance, because it was my best performance ever of anything I've ever performed ever.

I've seen this with many poets: the one time they hit a transcendent incandescent note. It's an absolute blessing to be there when it happens. In fact, there's nothing greater. I can recall such moments from many poets: Patricia Smith, Marc Smith, Lisa Buscani, Wammo (the one about the bar), Dana Bryant (the one about the heat down south), Maggie Estep (the one about being a lady vampire), DJ Renegade (the one about Miles), Da Boogie Man, Gayle Danley (at least three of her poems, when she burst on the scene in Asheville), Michael Brown, Sheila Donohue, the Superheroes group poem (best group poem ever), Regie Cabico, Jerry Quickley, Glenis Redmond, Beau Sia, Mayda del Valle, Morris Stegosaurus, Reggie Gibson (the one about Hendrix), Cass King, Taylor Mali, Roger Bonair-Agard, Derrick C. Brown (what a funny guy), Shappy Seasholtz (Butterfly, just for starters), Sara Holbrook, Jeffrey McDaniel (the one about the submarine full of midgets), Rachel McKibbens, Lynn Procope, Sarah Jones, Scott Woods, etcetera and on and on into the long good night. Heck, I remember a performance of Beau Sia when he was just making shit up on stage from moment to moment, freestyle-style, and he was on like a boner on a bat, and it was LOL hilarious. And I remember seeing Bob Holman do a whole show of his poems, with a friend on percussion and other instruments, and it was utterly mind-blowing. The memory of those incandescent performances are burned in my mind like laser etchings. When poets hit that spot in your brain, that spot stays lit up forever.

Another good moment with I Want to Be a Woman was when I ran across a student who told me he used it as an audition piece to get into drama school. I walked on a cloud for days after that. It's not that often that you find your work has actually helped someone achieve a dream.

OK, some links. My book of poems, Suck My Poem, is available here, and my novel Vagina Rebel is available here.

These days I've reincarnated myself as Adam Ash, singer-songwriter, who performs solo and with his band the Dingbots. Check out my band's CD here and follow my music career here, where you can also listen to three of my songs, including the rather bizarre My Girlfriend Got Freaky with a Strap-on.

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Slammin' - Cheryl B - "Fat Girls Don't Wear Spandex"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

We at DevlinPix are very saddened to learn of the passing of poet Cheryl B (Cheryl Burke). More info about her life and work here.

This piece is one of two appearances she made in the pilot “Slammin’”  I am honored to have worked with her on this and my condolences go out to her family and friends.

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Slammin' - Susan Ross - White Girl Blues

Posted by Paul Devlin:

This piece is an excerpt from Slammin’  the television pilot that preceded SlamNation. Susan Ross distills the same discovery I made about slam poetry and why I wanted to bring it to as large an audience as possible:  “Everyone has a poem in them...”
 

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Slam Poem: Crystal Williams - "In Search of Aunt Jemima"

Posted by Paul Devlin:

Crystal Williams performed “In Search of Aunt Jemima” at the semi-finals  of the 1995 National Poetry Slam in Ann Arbor, MI.  She received the only perfect 30 of the event (back before the phenomenon of score inflation in poetry slams).

I had recently made the pilot Slammin’ at the Nuyorican Poet’s Café in New York. Very excited about sl
am poetry, I decided to expand my interest and to introduce myself to the National Poetry Slam organizers, with the idea of making a TV series.  

In Ann Arbor, I met slam founder Marc Smith and slammaster Steve Marsh for the first time.  They were very suspicious of me!  Slammin’ was slick and MTV-like and they were concerned about someone from New York sweeping in and co-opting their movement.

After some negotiation, they allowed me to shoot the event.  But only under the condition that I give all the tapes back to the organizers.  For me it was most important to get the event documented, so I agreed.  

I hired a crew to shoot multi-camera coverage of the semi-finals and finals at the venerable Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor (a homecoming for me – I went to undergrad at University of Michigan.)  I also interviewed many poets who went on to become slam celebrities. Eventually, I gained Marc Smith’s trust and went on to make SlamNation.

So there is great material from the 1995 Nationals - as this video demonstrates -  but none of it has ever been released.  Until now.

Hopefully, someday these performances will become part of Poetry Slam Incorporated series of National Poetry Slam Videos.
Let them know there’s interest!

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