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Smith Slams The State Of, Um, Slams

By Melissa Feldsher in Arts & Entertainment on Jun 3, 2009 6:40PM

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Image courtesy of Swanksalot
Marc Kelly Smith, founder of the slam poetry movement is featured today in a New York Times article on the evolution of the art form.

Combining rhythm and realism, Smith founded the slam poetry movement at the Green Mill Tavern circa 1986. From an origin steeped in subversion, the slam poetry movement evolved into decidedly more mainstream venues, like an HBO documentary and into the halls of the West Wing.

“At the beginning, this was really a grass-roots thing about people who were writing poetry for years and years and years and had no audience. Now there’s an audience, and people just want to write what the last guy wrote so they can get their face on TV,” said Smith.

Visit the Green Mill's weekly Sunday poetry slams and judge for yourself if Smith is on point or not.