Friday, July 20, 2012

Top Shelf Poets (First Friday Poetry Series)Friday, September 7, 2012-Poetry Pentathlon

Still accepting contestants until July 30th. Send e-mail to with your name and phone and the words Poetry Pentathlon in the subject

Friday, September 7, 2012

Top Shelf Poets (First Friday Poetry Series)
Creative studio Space Studio A, 2941 W. Belmont, Chicago, , Chicago, Illinois 60647

Do you have what it takes to be a Poetry Champion!!
The Poetry Pentathlon
is a live event held in Chicago. Poets compete in 5 separate events designed to test there writing and performing skill. If you wish to compete contact us at, all contestants must be registered by the last week of July. All materials Provided by the hosts of the event will be sent out the first week of August.

1:Form Poem-
Tanka consist of five units (often treated as separate lines when romanized or translated) usually with the following pattern of onji:
The 5-7-5 is called the kami-no-ku ("upper phrase"), and the 7-7 is called the shimo-no-ku ("lower phrase").
Traditionally tanka has had no concept of rhyme (indeed, certain arrangements of rhymes, even accidental, were considered dire faults in a poem), or even of line. Instead of lines, waka has the unit ) and the phrase
The term waka was coined during the Heian period, and was used to distinguish Japanese-language poetry from kanshi[2][3] (poetry written in Chinese by Japanese poets), and later from renga.

2:Poetic Monologue-

Dramatic monologue in poetry, also known as a persona poem, shares many characteristics with a theatrical monologue: an audience is implied; there is no dialogue; and the poet speaks through an assumed voice—a character, a fictional identity, or a persona. Because a dramatic monologue is by definition one person’s speech, it is offered without overt analysis or commentary, placing emphasis on subjective qualities that are left to the audience to interpret.

3:Secret Word
The Weirdos at Waiting 4 the Bus will provide each contestant with a word or phrase. Each contestant is to write a poem about the word or phrase without ever using the word or phrase in the body or title of the poem.

4:80's lyrics as poetry- This is our performance event of the year. All contestants will choose a song form the 1980's and, using only the lyrics, perform it as poetry. Songs may be edited to fight off being repetitive and annoying the judges

5: On the spot prompt-A writing prompt will be provided to every contestant upon their arrival at Studio A. All players will write a poem based on the prompt, during the course of the evening.