Thursday, April 16, 2015

Poetry Pentathlon 2015-we are looking for poetry heroes

the Poetry Pentathlon will be held at the
Book Cellar
4738-4738 N. Lincoln

September 19th-7to9pm

Time to Prep for the Poetry Pentathlon.
Registration is currently open,
Just let us know you want to play
include your name, a short bio, and your intent to compete
we will reply with confirmation
Registration closes August 19th


A sestina is a form of poetry that uses a method of repeating words at the end of each line. It has 6 stanzas of 6 lines each, with an envoy (or tercet) of three lines to conclude the poem. While a sestina may seem daunting at first, they can be used to create vivid, powerful poems.


The Rant is technically another “form”.  The guidelines are pretty free form, but if you need instruction go HERE or

Poets have long written about the things that vex them. The practice of ranting in poetic verse dates back to at least Ancient Greece, where Homer catches Zeus complaining in The Odyssey: "Mortal men have always put the blame upon us gods!" Though the rant poem is not granted the same canonic acceptance as the sonnet or sestina, rant poetry has flourished from Homer's time to our own.

This one should be self explanatory.  It is a contest to write a poem in two (or more) distinct voices.  This is the only event where the contestant is allowed to recruit performers to compete as a team.  Poets may choose to handle the event solo.  Remember that in the Pentathlon, performance is worth half the score...choose wisely

We are not passing judgement.  The poem was already declared bad by the now defunct BADPOETRY.COM.  We at W4tB believe all poem can be saved, but it won’t be easy.  Poem to be rescued will be provide after registration closes (Aug 20th or there abouts)

Originally used by Nina Corwin to close out her classic open mic “the Word Gourmet”.  A prompt is issued upon your arrival at the Pentathlon.  During the course of the show, all contestants are (to the best of their ability) write a poem based in any way shape or form on the issued prompt.
this is always the last event of the evening

On the last Sunday In April, The Poetry Bomb aims to fill as many public locations as humanly possible with performances of poetry all at the exact same time
Bomb Sites Currently Include
Outside the Heartland Cafe ,Roger's Park
and Lincoln Square by the fountain where the tables and chairs are
That Poetry Bomb sounds cool! How do I get involved:
You can be a member of the Bomb Squad in one of the following ways:
1. Spreading the word
2. Attending an event and enjoying
3. Attending an event as a reader
4. Creating an event

So now that I know how I want to be involved, what do I do?

I. Spreading the word
  1. Check the website for information.
  2. Share it with friends
  3. (The extra step): talk about it with others when you socialize or while you're at work.
    (just ask
II. Attending an event
1. Check the website for event locations
2. Go there and enjoy.

III. Attending an event as a reader
  1. Contact us  here on Facebook or here if your not all social media all the time
  2. Inform us either what specific event you'd like to attend, or where you're willing to go, so we         can find a show for you.
  3. Receive the show information and go.

IV. Creating an event
   1. Schedule your event and performers.
   2. Contact us at here on Facebook  or via e-mail and let us know where your show will be, who          will be performing, and whether or not you'd be willing to let us send other performers your            way and information on any regular shows you'd like us to list in Poetry Bomb        advertisements.
   3. Check the listing to make sure we got the information correct and wait for further information on fliers and other available ads.

Weird is Sexy!!!

Chuck Kramer & Bob Lawrence are Waiting 4 the Bus

April 20th
Chuck Kramer & Bob Lawrence
7-9 pm
Powell's Bookstores University Village
1218 S Halsted St
Chicago, IL
+ an Open Mic
Well Tiger, looks like you hit the Jackpot
Weird is Sexy!!!