- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Attend a Poetry Slam
Get to the performance early
If you are attending a slam at a small or unconventional performance space, or at the Green Mill, you’ll want to arrive early so you grab a good seat and get comfortable. This is especially true if you are part of a group.
Have cash in hand
There may be a cover at the door, and who really has time to go down the street to your bank’s closest ATM? Prices can range between $ and $15, so it’s best to find out ahead of time what the price is at the door.
Get into the front row
Typically, audience members who are chosen to be judges at the slam are closer to the stage. If you want to have the power to make a poet’s night and win the slam, then put yourself in a position to be picked as a judge. If you’re not interested in being a part of our night, find a place in the back.
Expect to be shocked in some way
Let’s be real. We’re in a room sharing stories. Sometimes, they ain’t pretty. They are often funny, heartbreaking, hopeful, incredibly painful and monstrous. But guess what: life ain’t pretty, either. So how can art be so, as well?
Have an opinion
Be prepared to let the poets know how you feel about what you have seen. You can do that in several ways: finger snapping, cheering, hissing, etc. Don’t be an idiot, but you are allowed to let it out.