We Be Jammin’

Don’t let the lack of sweat and bulging muscles fool you; poetry slams are a linguistic sport. Here, verbal athletes are judged by members of the audience in a battle of wits, syntax, performance — and ultimately passion, not only in themselves but also in what they inspire. Makes you wonder how canonic heavy-hitters like Shakespeare, Byron, and Keats would have fared in such cutthroat competition. Yet, unlike the competitive nature of a slam, Friday night’s fourth offering of “Trapped in My Thoughts” by Art-n-Hustle is a poetry jam.

That’s right, a jam. No judges, no scoring, just a gathering of like-minded individuals with an appreciation for spoken words. This latest jam will feature the exotically named poet collective the Panda-Platypus Poets along with ten other poets, whose stage names include Poetic Tease, Teardrop, and Neopopsicle. There’s no cover charge for those 21 and over ($10 if you’re not) — but the two-drink minimum applies to everyone. The poetic jamming starts at 9 p.m. at Stage 84 (9118 W. State Road 84, Davie). Visit stage84fl.com.
Fri., March 11, 9 p.m., 2011

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