Catch Some of the West's Best Poets at the NorthWorst Poetry Slam Deathmatch 

Saturday, Feb. 4

Poets are a fierce bunch, and nowhere is the ferocious potential of poetry more on display than at a poetry slam. Forget about the lax, melodious prose that your junior high English teacher shoved down your throat. These poets are out for blood--and a shot at the National Poetry Slam titleā€“in the NorthWORST Slam Poetry Regional Deathmatch, going down at Neurolux on Saturday, Feb. 4.

Four of Idaho's finest wordsmiths will face off against teams from Seattle, Portland, Ore., and Salt Lake City, to determine who is most fit to head to Charlotte, N.C., for a shot at the national title. The winning city also gets bragging rights as the coolest and most poetry-nurturing metropolis this side of the Great Salt Lake, or, as the event's organizers put it, for "interstellar poetry dominance."

The judging pool is selected from members of the audience, and competitors are given a time limit to deliver their verses. The teams will be judged on a point scale, and whoever ends up with the most points is crowned Northwest Champion.

There will be 16 poets total, three of whom previously competed as finalists in the National Poetry Slam competition. A spot in nationals is a pretty serious accomplishment--it's the largest team performance poetry event in the world and features poets from all over the continent. So expect these slammers to bring the big guns and big lines. It's going to be a poetic blood bath.

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