When you just can't stomach the BS anymore.
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.
WE don’t need clothes you crazy, um, people!
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!
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!