The final episode of the Singapore Poetry Slam took place on the 30th of November at the Blu Jaz Café. Budding poets from all across Singapore descended upon the Blul Jaz, everyone clearly eager to end the year with a bang! There were seven open mic poets and a total of fifteen slam poets, all glamourously belting out their chosen pieces, wowing the judges and audience alike.
The True Confessions Poetry Slam was properly special. The audience was blessed that night, with performances by up and coming Slamers such as Amber Lin, Anukriti Banerjee and Natalie Wang, as well as veteran Slammers like Jennifer Anne Champion, Kok Wei Liang, and Ang Shuang. The open mic poets also brought their A game, clearly inspired by the end of the year. The night was headlined by the luminous Cyril Wong, who read several pieces, much to the adoration of all in attendance. Cyril read piece after piece to a spellbound audience, holding everyone there in deepest thrall and brilliantly cutting the slam performances like a sharp vinaigrette
The Slam lasted long into the night, only ending close to midnight, and this despite only two rounds instead of the usual three. Late into the night, Jennifer Anne Champion was crowned her own namesake, with Anukriti dashing into second place on her first time at bat.
With that, the Word Forward team ends 2017. We have had a long year, starting a little bit late in February instead of January, but with our new members Ajay and Miran joining, we have gone from strength to strength.
We competed in the Straits Slam, a cross border slam with Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean teams going head to head. Atiq Lukman, Shilpa Dikshit Thapliyal, Amber Lin, and Michelle Chua all made the trek over to Johor Baru, and represented Singapore’s Poetry Slam scene. The team performed exceptionally well, with Amber and Michelle coming out first and third overall.
We also sent a team to the Ipoh Slam. Nadia Alsagof, Kevin Wong, Michelle Chua and Dane Zainal went tearing into the battle, drawing blood at every turn, and coming out with their heads held high. They truly defended the honours of the Singapore Poetry Slam scene, capping off their performance with a harmonious group piece about their personal dragons.
Thank you for coming to the slams, and proving that there Is a more interesting facet of Singapore, deeper in the hidden corners of the concrete jungle. We are planning more iterations of the Singapore Poetry Slam in 2018, with the first slam coming in January. Keep a close look-out here and on the Facebook page, where we will release more details soon!