11:10 am in Festival News
Emma Jackson, YourOttawaRegion.com
A team of Ottawa poets is in Toronto this week speaking and slamming their unique form of poetry in an increasingly popular genre.
The five slam poets, led by South Keys resident Sergio “Hyf” Guerra, will perform eight group poems and eight individual poems at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word in Toronto between October 11 and October 15 as part of the fledgling Urban Legends team.
Slam poetry, or spoken word, has grown out of the oral traditions of beat poetry, hip hop and other performance-based art, and is as much about the words as it is the on-stage performance.
Guerra, who performed on the Urban Legends team last year at its first-ever national competition, has been practicing every day at Carleton University with his teammates Prufrock, Just J’maal, Cannon 2x and Brad Morden.
He said Urban Legends poetry is a mix of group poems and individual poems that have been “translated” into group performances. He said they are a very serious group, with “urgent and political” ideas always underlying their words.
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