An increasing number of poets and spoken word artists are taking advantage of the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit as a performance opportunity. These theatre festivals charge artists an entry fee but pay all (or almost all!) of the ticket sales back to the artist.
As 2013 gets underway, the spoken word community in Halifax, Nova Scotia is poised to have one of its best years in a long while. With Word Iz Bond’s Speak! series entering its 13th season and a few new regular nights up and running there are more opportunities than ever before for poets on the East Coast to come out and play.
Twelve years ago in my CEGEP English class, my teacher attempted to teach thirty very apathetic eighteen year-olds about the twentieth century literary currents that lead to Postmodernism by handing out package of poems by various writers: Tristan Tzara, William Carlos Williams, Frank O’Hara, and at the back, a recent poem, “a car wash the size of a peach” by Jonathan Goldstein.