Spoken Word SA together with Dymocks Adelaide presents the Be Natural Poetry Slam!
The rules are simple. You have two minutes maximum to share your original poem on the broad theme of "nature" , there’s no costumes, no props, no musical instruments, backing band or tape… just you and your words. Five judges are randomly chosen by throwing chocolates out to the audience. The judges hold up scores between each poem. Age is no barrier when it comes to poetry slams, South Australia has seen poets from 10 years of age to 80 years of age getting up and slamming, speaking, singing (yes you can sing a cappella style if you wish) and sharing. It doesn’t have to rhyme, it doesn’t have to be classical poetry, it can be a story, a moment, straight out prose or a limerick, it just has to be your own original work. Just as importantly, in a world of constant sound bites, advertising, noise and interference, for two minutes you have the soapbox, you have the microphone and you can tell your story, you can be heard above the din. It’s fun, it’s daunting, it can get emotional, even confronting but it is always entertaining.
Why not join us, share your words, have some fun and slam it!
Special Guest poet Rachael Mead is a South Australian writer and arts reviewer. Awarded the 2019 Australian Poetry and Nature, Art & Habitat Residency Eco-Poetry Fellowship in Northern Italy, she is published widely and the author of several collections of poetry, including The Flaw in the Pattern (UWA Publishing, 2018). Her debut novel The Application of Pressure has just been published by Affirm Press (2020).