UPDATE: This post is about the 2012 event. If you’re looking for our 2013 Victorious Voices post, you can find it here.
Although Marcia and I have both been writers for most of our lives, our introduction to ‘slam poetry’ is somewhat recent – only since Shane Koyczan performed at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Like all forms of poetry there are a few rules to follow, and since slam poetry is spoken, most of those rules relate to presentation. Poetry slams are ‘competitive’, but competitive in the true sense of the word – from the Latin, meaning ‘to strive together’. All work must be original. Poetry may be spoken individually or in ‘teams’. Each poet has up to 3 minutes to perform his/her piece, with a 10-second grace period following that. Any longer and the poet begins losing points for going over time. The time begins when the poet first engages the audience. The poet may not use props or musical accompaniment, and may not wear a costume. That’s the essentials of it.
Last night marked the 3rd annual ‘Victorious Voices‘ final – Victoria’s Secondary School Slam Championships. The semi-finals were on Monday night, but unfortunately we missed that event. Eight teams from local secondary schools made the semi-finals, and the final four teams performed last night. The students were from Esquimalt High School, Pearson College, and Reynolds Secondary (Junior and Senior). The event was held at the Victoria Event Centre, on Broad Street between Johnson and Pandora. Continue Reading →