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Pet Poetry Slam

This page is for people whose pets have PERSONality. Pets need a place to let it all hang out & express their inner beast. Slam poetry gives them a voice like no other. Keep in mind that it is a performance art and some of the emotion may be lost on the written page. Pet lovers are so good at interpreting dog, cat, fish, bird and exotic animals when their pets speak to them, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Here is a brief guide to slam poetry from the Academy of American Poets:

One of the most vital and energetic movements in poetry during the 1990s, slam has revitalized interest in poetry in performance. Poetry began as part of an oral tradition, and movements like the Beats and the poets of Negritude were devoted to the spoken and performed aspects of their poems. This interest was reborn through the rise of poetry slams across America; while many poets in academia found fault with the movement, slam was well received among young poets and poets of diverse backgrounds as a democratizing force. This generation of spoken word poetry is often highly politicized, drawing upon racial, economic, and gender injustices as well as current events for subject manner.

A slam itself is simply a poetry competition in which poets perform original work alone or in teams before an audience, which serves as judge. The work is judged as much on the manner and enthusiasm of its performance as its content or style, and many slam poems are not intended to be read silently from the page. The structure of the traditional slam was started by construction worker and poet Marc Smith in 1986 at a reading series in a Chicago jazz club.

Rated on Yelp as the hottest scene for slam, Nuyorican Poets Café inspired us to showcase some pet poetry. There is a mass media category on Yelp, but no blog presence as of yet. Rubberchickendinner may be the only place where talented pets can get some recognition. Judge these entries for yourself and if  your pet has what it takes, enter their original works here for the 2012 Rubber Chicken Dinner Pet Poetry Grand Slam.

What’s Wrong With You People by P Puppy Pup

caress ME

un-dress ME

give ME

some dignity

WE don’t need clothes you crazy, um, people!


I Wanna Go 2 by His Poochness

long distance calls on your telephone lady

I made twenty

what? that aint funny?

next time you leave without taking me

watch out for the cable bill, Yeh That’s Right!

Wake Up Damn It! by Bernard

you say I’m your best friend

get up and get dressed then

we got some sniffin to do

dream later alligator

I stopped that home invader

now give this best friend his due

jumpin, runnin I do it all

markin, barkin I come when you call

wake up damn it! 


2 comments on “Pet Poetry Slam

  1. Baby Puff
    February 26, 2012

    by City Kitty

    little fur ball I fit in your hand
    claws coming mister I’ll take a stand
    if you wake me up, lock me up or let some cat knock me up
    I’m cute til I’m not
    see what you’ve done?

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