Not just a reincarnation of the Beat poets of the 1950's and 1960's, slamming
represented an evolution from the African American spirituals to the Harlem Renaissance to the Beats to the Black Arts Movement of the '70s to the rappers.
"Pretty much out of the gate when I started slamming
, I became the champion of champions at the Cantab."
The first Sunday of every month offers slamming
poets the option of performing with Marc Smith's band, The Pong Unit, during the competition, ]nixing jazz with poetry.