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.

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