The Ardeshir Cowasjee Centre for Writing (ACCW) conducts a Slam Poetry Workshop
November 28, 2018: The ACCW held a workshop on Slam Poetry
which was conducted by an IBA SSLA student Rahma Uneeb. A
brilliant slam poet herself, Rahma has conducted several
workshops at the IBA and The Lyceum School, and has been a
semifinalist at the Pakistan Poetry Slam.
Rahma began the workshop by informing the audience on what Slam Poetry is – a more contemporary form of poetry that is more flexible, and very much like speaking which makes it different from written poems and recitals. Moreover, she said it sometimes sounds a lot like a rant and uses humor and puns. She further went on to say that one’s body language, voice and the way one presents are all just as important as the poem penned.
The audience were shown different videos on Slam poetry that showed the degree of freedom every poet has. One of the poems titled the loneliest sweet potato showed one type – a play on repetition with very little rhymes. Another type was a list poem which she said was the most difficult of the lot. The third type was a group piece that gave the audience members goosebumps the way it delivered its message.
The slam poetess performed two of her very own pieces - Flawed and Dictators.