Niall O'Sullivan

high brow, low brow, none of that stuff in the middle

How Should You Perform Haiku?

One of my most excruciating live poetry experiences was during the reading of a long haiku sequence. The poet stopped for applause after each one. Gradually, it dawned on the audience that this wasn’t going to end any time soon. The poet read the next haiku and then slightly bowed his head and stepped away […]

Marc Kelly Smith – The L Train

a poem is a city filled with streets and sewers filled with saints, heroes, beggars, madmen, filled with banality and booze, filled with rain and thunder… Charles Bukowski – a poem is a city When people speak of Slam Poetry these days, they don’t speak of a fun, competitive, live poetry event. They speak of […]

Darius Simpson & Scout Bostley – Lost Voices

In a recent Vice article about Spoken Word, Lisa Mead, the artistic director of Apples and Snakes, spoke of a genre of poetry common to US Youth Slams, “I went to the States recently, and they have this youth slam competition there called Brave New Voices, […]There is a particular style that is very prevalent […]

Who will protect us from poetry’s protectors?

I don’t know how you whippersnappers reel off your blogs so quickly, so I arrive at the pitchfork party for Nathan A Thompson a little late. Earlier, a wave of virtual sabers were shaken throughout the twittersphere after Thompson’s ill informed and reference free diatribe against Slam appeared in today’s Independent. Most of us started […]

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