Poetry in motion
Two high profile slam poets, one Kiwi and one Brit, showcase their style at Massey next week.
The pair open the next round of Massey’s Arts on Wednesday programme with a session of slam poetry.
Slam poetry is competitive performance poetry – a way of presenting a poem in a dynamic, dramatic, rhythmic and passionate way.
How a poem comes across is considered to be just as, if not more important, than its content.
From London, former UK slam champion, twice winner of Hammer & Tongue, and third at the World Slam Champs, Sara Hirsch brings her unique ‘power poetry’ style to the MUSA Lounge venue to wrap up her Spoken Word tour of New Zealand.
Sara will be performing from her What A Way To Make A Living set – an ‘‘audio adventure’’ about what she does that features among other things, ‘‘the comical conundrums of being a children’s entertainer’’.
Joining her is Wellington’s Ben Fagan.
Organiser of the capital’s Poetry In Motion performance poetry group, Ben took his solo show Under The Table to the Edinburgh Fringe last year, has performed in the USA, and is a TEDx presenter.
His work is described as a combo of laugh-out-loud entertaining, and deeply thoughtprovoking.
The Poetry In Motion group was inspired following a visit in 2011 by American slam poets Ken Arkind and Carrie Rudzinski, who have both presented at Arts on Wednesday.
The 12.30 – 1.30pm MUSA Lounge, Arts on Wednesday session next Wednesday April 13, is free.