It's not music. There are no instruments in slam poetry, except for your voice. Still, the artists who will be competing in the Seattle Poetry Slam's 2013 Grand Slam do manipulate words using volume, and they have incredible rhythm, pace, and in some cases, showmanship. Some local slam poets are also musicians and singers. Mary Lambert, who sings the hook on Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's song "Same Love", has been in the Seattle slam poetry scene for years.
Slam poetry is an art unto itself, and I am including it here on our blog and filing it under "offbeat". I would hate for you to miss the opportunity to see our great Seattle artists in their most important local competition of the year! The Seattle Poetry Grand Slam will be held from 8pm to 10pm on April 27th at Town Hall Seattle; doors are at 7pm. The top performers will make up the Seattle team that will compete in August at the National Poetry Slam in Boston.
Karen Finneyfrock and Tara Hardy, two Seattle Slam legends, perform a duet, "sand", a few years ago.
The Seattle Times just published a wonderful interview with the Seattle Slam Master, Daemond Arrindell. I think Daemond has been at every slam I've ever been to, including the weekly slams that occur at Re-Bar on Tuesday nights. You should go check out the article.