This may have been one of the most remarkable periods for spoken word and poetry slam in one local scene in the country’s history. Amazing event after amazing event, the Greater Toronto Area kept rolling them out for the people of this region, culminating in the incredibly entertaining spectacle that was The Last Poet Standing on Saturday night at The Great Hall (won by 2012 Toronto Poetry Slam Grand Champion The P.O.E. in an epic showdown with Tomy Bewick).
As one festival involving several Toronto based poets comes to an end (the Calgary International Spoken Word Festival) and another gets underway (the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in Vancouver), we have seen a great movement of our local poets across the continent. After this week, everyone will be home and there will be great stories to share about a National Poetry Month that won’t soon be forgotten.
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