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Foreword

Jacob Sam-La Rose: poet, educator, creative consultant and editor. This is a relatively new iteration of the website, so please forgive if it feels a little thin on content for the short-term future. More to come…

ZAP Slam

Miscellaneous Observations After ZAP! São Paulo

A few miscellaneous thoughts after auditing a debate on slam poetry and spoken word and listening to (and performing as a guest of) the ZAP! Slam 2014-05-23 as part of the FLUPP festival, São Paulo (a slam performed almost exclusively…

A PhD in Performance Poetry? Some resources…

A while back, someone asked me for direction about a PhD in Performance Poetry. I gathered some responses from a few knowledgeable peers and passed them over, but having recently been reminded about the exercise, I thought it might be…

A Poem, Via the Tongue Fu Tapes

This came out a while ago but I was recently reminded that it was posted on Soundcloud, so here you have it. It’s an improvised conjoining of two separate poems that seemed to work well together at the time. Part…

Elsewhere… April 18, 2014

"There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting. Consider this…" “There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting. Consider this utterly commonplace situation: a man is walking down the street….

Elsewhere… April 11, 2014

"For language to have meaning there must be intervals of silence somewhere, to divide word from word…" “For language to have meaning there must be intervals of silence somewhere, to divide word from word and utterance from utterance. He who…

Elsewhere… April 4, 2014

"Without discomfort your comfort becomes your main weakness. Change is uncomfortable and discomfort…" “Without discomfort your comfort becomes your main weakness. Change is uncomfortable and discomfort is necessary for change. Change is possible, but it is never easy and it…

Elsewhere… March 28, 2014

Stands to reason. Beyond itooamoxford.tumblr.com, there’s… Stands to reason. Beyond itooamoxford.tumblr.com, there’s also itooamsoas.tumblr.com and wetooarecambridge.tumblr.com, capturing the experiences of “students of colour”. Most of the images give pause. Every now and then, one of them hits particularly hard. "The…

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Picture. Because.

From a recent Burn After Reading event. The poets of Burn After Reading invited me to fill one of the guest feature slots. I’ve known some of these poets since their early teens, and now they’re grown and offering me…

Elsewhere… March 14, 2014

Person of colour? Ever identify with the label of… Person of colour? Ever identify with the label of “other”? You need to see I, Too, Am Oxford. I took a quick trip through the archives today, and it moved me…

Elsewhere… March 7, 2014

"For me, the writing life doesn’t just happen when I sit at the writing desk. It is a life lived with…" “For me, the writing life doesn’t just happen when I sit at the writing desk. It is a life…

Elsewhere… February 28, 2014

"I don’t think it ever feels like you’ve accomplished a lot, you just move from…" “I don’t think it ever feels like you’ve accomplished a lot, you just move from opportunity to opportunity.” – Kyle Galvin – Explore Create Repeat…