THE SLAM IS IN Four Bound for Poetry Tourney in California

By LaRue, Jennifer | The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA), May 29, 2014 | Go to article overview

THE SLAM IS IN Four Bound for Poetry Tourney in California


LaRue, Jennifer, The Spokesman-Review (Spokane, WA)


They stand or sit in front of an audience and recite words that are sometimes tragic and sometimes funny but always heartfelt.

They are poets with different tones but one sure thing in common: They have a deep-seated need to share their inner worlds with others.

"As a writer, I aim to share myself in hopes that my voice helps others find theirs. Slam poetry has taught me that feeling and expressing raw emotion in public is OK. Human nature is OK and we don't have to hide it," poet Kimiko Hirota explained. "We share the common ground of our emotions and experiences together."

They are a community of wordsmiths, age 12 to 70, and members of Spokane Poetry Slam, a few dozen writers who share their musings at local venues.

"It takes a room full of people for a slam to happen," said Isaac Grambo, the commissioner of the slam. "It has to include poets, judges, a host, and audience members. The interaction among all of these people creates a bond that ties them together. If that bond isn't love, then I don't know what is."

Attending one of the group's events is a bit like a "Kumbaya" session; love and acceptance are in the air, as well as hoots, hollers and pats on the back. Though the events are competitive, it is done in such a way that the poets learn and receive support. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Note: primary sources have slightly different requirements for citation. Please see these guidelines for more information.

Cited article

THE SLAM IS IN Four Bound for Poetry Tourney in California
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen
Items saved from this article
  • Highlights & Notes
  • Citations
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA 8, MLA 7, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Search by... Author
    Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.