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Chorlie from Philadelphia, PA is reading The Rules of the Tunnel October 2, 2011 - 8:58pm

What is the distinct difference?


Hope Street


Passing by suburban street signs.

They have simple messages to follow,

which is quite nice when I think about it.

As opposed to my concrete jungle:

tow zone; no parking zone; drug free school zone...

yes zone, my city is zoned.

It’s a grid that has an agenda,

to separate by market value.

Homes side by side to show self-worth,

not unlike the suburban structures.

Pre-packaged balsa wood ready for new families,

as dad puts in the new mailbox,

with dollar sign next to the address.

Impeccable lawns; fresh paint; no furniture

yes empty, the houses are meaningless.

It’s a show for other homeowners.

Reality happens behind closed doors,

in cities and suburbs.

I’m just following the street signs,

maybe I can find one that is for the public,

symbols or words.

It doesn’t matter, just as long as it isn’t a facade,

or an endless journey; a mirage.

Charles's picture
Charles from Portland is reading Lists of the Past October 2, 2011 - 9:22pm

if you figure it out, i'd like to know, too.

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lyndonriggall from Tasmania is reading Going Bovine by Libba Bray October 3, 2011 - 3:54am

My understanding is that a 'slam' is just a poetry recital, but competitive.  I entered one this year, heading off to a state final on October 16th.

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Nick Wilczynski from Greensboro, NC is reading A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin October 5, 2011 - 8:09pm

The difference primarily involves, in my understanding, the presence of an upright bass.

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Laramore Black from Joplin, Missouri is reading East of Eden, by John Steinbeck October 5, 2011 - 11:42pm

When I think of slam poetry I just think of this...