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7 Reasons Why Poetry Is Good for the Soul

 By Shalini M 

This is the era of Digital Age, which means most of youngsters and adults prefer the 140-character model of communication. Many of us use Facebook to share what we love. This has diverted our attention from the importance of poetry, which was a common medium of expression a few decades back. Poetry introduces us to the magic of simplicity, complexity, the use of our senses, and the metaphor, to name a few. Let's us why poetry is good for your inner piece.

1. Developmental Learning

The conventional education system of today curbs the written and verbal skills of children. But poetry can help them how to put different words together to create a rhythm and develop their cognitive understanding of tons of words. Moreover, it helps kids understand the art of expression through words.

2. Developing Skills

Poetry has a great impact on your speaking, writing and understanding. Rules are meant to be followed, but poetry teaches you how you can break these rules and still maintain beauty in a piece of writing.

So, poetry is a great way of developing your skills so you can get the most out of your skills.

3. THERAPY For The Readers

Poetry is also a great therapy, which helps you understand and convey your feelings and thoughts. Typically, poetry is brief but involves sentiments. Today, anxiety and depression are two most common psychological problems that the Biblio-therapy can treat.

4. Therapeutic For The Readers

If you find it hard to express yourself, you can read poetry to improve your way of expression. If you read poetry, you can get a deeper insight into the mindset of another person. So, poetry has therapeutic effect on the reader as well.

5. The Significance Of Words

As far as the design is concerned, poetry can be divided into short but powerful sentences. If you read poetry, you can understand the importance of a variety of words and the way they can be used to construct effective sentences. At times, the placement of words changes the meaning or rhythm of the entire poem.

6. Understanding People

Today, people find it hard to understand each other. Frustration is the result of misunderstanding or miscommunication. On the other hand, poetry can help people hone their ability to understand others.

You can get deeper into the parts of your statement that they find hard to understand. You also learn to be more patient and tolerate others while they are saying things against you.

7. Understanding Yourself

You may have found yourself in a situation where no one seems to understand you. We all haven here at some point in our lives. Writing poetry is one way of grasping your internal turmoil. It helps you convert your thoughts into comprehensive thoughts.

So, these are some of the most compelling reasons why you may want to start reading and writing poetry today. Hope this will help you use poetry to achieve your inner peace and lead a better life in addition to help others.

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Slam Venue Listing

Boston Poetry Slam @ the Cantab Lounge (Cambridge, MA)

The core Boston Poetry Slam show runs at the Cantab Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. every Wednesday night, beginning with an open mic, closing with a poetry slam, and frequently featuring a headlining poet. Additionally, the Boston Poetry Slam frequently produces outside shows at other coffeehouses, bars, theaters, and schools across New England. The organization hosted the National Poetry Slam in 1992, 2011, and 2013, and has selected and sent a team to every NPS since 1991. 

Please see our website at bostonpoetryslam.com for all the most up-to-date information, including our feature schedule, slam rules, and special events.

Port Veritas Slam - Portland Maine (Portland, ME)

Port Veritas Slam 
Tuesdays @ 7:30pm (Workshops @ 6:30) 
Bull Feeney’s Yeats' Room - 375 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101 
$3-$5 Suggested Donation [$3 Cover @ Second Tuesday Slam] 

PVS is Maine's longest running poetry reading and slam. Each week we feature local and nationally touring performers. Prior to the reading there are weekly writing, editing and performance workshops hosted by guest poets and members of our local community. Signups begin at 7:30. Slams are held the second Tuesday of each month. Please visit our website for more information and to join our mailing list www.portveritas.com

Rock Slam (Nyack, NY)

We're a poetry slam that takes place once/month in Rockland County, NY. We've existed since December 2011. Lately, we've been having our slams the first Saturday of every month at Casa del Sol in Nyack, NY.

Zork's White Plains Library Slam (White Plains, NY)

Westchester County's 1st and ONLY National Certified Slam and the ONLY Nationally Certified Slam at a Public Library!!! Meets every 1st Wednesday [Except for August when we are off at the National Poetry Slam]. Every month has a world class Feature [fresh off the FINAL Stage of the National Poetry Slam], an Open Mic and an Open Slam. We have an audience of 25-45 on a regular basis. We know in White Plains that the competition is a gimmick and we treat it accordingly. The series is hosted my what PSI calls [On the "Slam Safe DVD"] a ICON of the National Poetry Slam, Eric ZORK Alan. He believes in adding the goofy to poetry and helping people have FUN with it. Oh, and it's FREE with tea, coffee and crumpet too! 

When: 1st Wednesdays at 6:30pm to 9:00pm [signup 6:30pm, show start 7:00pm]

Dallas Poetry Slam (Dallas, TX)

Dallas Poetry Slam & Open Mic 
Open Mic every Friday 
Slam 1st and 3rd Fridays 
Heroes Sports Bar & Grill 
3094 N. Stemmons Frwy

Dallas, TX 75247 
Sign up at 7:30pm 
Show at 8:00pm 
$5 Admission 
Free Parking 
Drink Specials 
Food Available 
www.thedallaspoetryslam.com

Denver Mercury Slam (Denver, CO)

Denver Mercury Cafe is the home of the Denver Mercury Slam. 

We are located at 2199 California St. in Denver. 
Sign-up begins at 7:30pm with the open mic at 8p, 
followed by our feature and then the slam. 

Our slam is every Sunday night, (with the second 
Sunday of the month being reserved as a Denver Minor Disturbance 
Youth Slam ages 13-19). 

We are proud to be one of the venues that does not 
request a cover at the door, we do pass a hat and request a $5 
donation from our audience. 

Our venue serves food and beverages, and is 
powered by wind and solar energy. They offer a 
variety of menu items including vegan and gluten-free 
items.

Omaha Poetry Slam (Omaha, NE)

The OM Center has been a place for great poetry and performance since January of 2002. Doors open at 7, with an open mic (you have up to 3 minutes to read whatever you'd like) starting at 7:30pm, then a great featured performer, and the poetry slam (3 rounds) beginning afterward. The event features many of the nation's finest poets, it's guaranteed better than a night at the movies for only a $7 suggested donation.

Port Veritas Slam - Portland Maine (Portland, ME)

Port Veritas Slam 
Tuesdays @ 7:30pm (Workshops @ 6:30) 
Bull Feeney’s Yeats' Room - 375 Fore St, Portland, ME 04101 
$3-$5 Suggested Donation [$3 Cover @ Second Tuesday Slam] 

PVS is Maine's longest running poetry reading and slam. Each week we feature local and nationally touring performers. Prior to the reading there are weekly writing, editing and performance workshops hosted by guest poets and members of our local community. Signups begin at 7:30. Slams are held the second Tuesday of each month. Please visit our website for more information and to join our mailing list www.portveritas.com

Laredo BorderSlam Poetry (Laredo, TX)

Laredo Border Slam 
2nd and 4th Thursdays 
Two 3-min rounds 
Gallery 201 
Historic Downtown 
Doors open at 9:00pm 
Slam starts at 9:30pm 
BYOB 
$2 
Cash and quirky prizes

Portland Poetry Slam (Portland, OR)

Beautiful weekly head-to-head style Slam and open-mic. Open to all, supportive of all. 
Touring features and new brilliance every week in one of Portland's coolest and most eclectic venues. 
Sign-ups happen at 6:30pm sharp and the show starts quickly thereafter. All ages.

Rock Slam (Nyack, NY)

We're a poetry slam that takes place once/month in Rockland County, NY. We've existed since December 2011. Lately, we've been having our slams the first Saturday of every month at Casa del Sol in Nyack, NY.

The Pigeon Presents: The Philadelphia Poetry Slam(Philadelphia, PA)

Jacob Winterstein and Alyesha Wise ("Ms. Wise"), created this event to improve the writing and performance of the poets in Philadelphia. 

The first Friday of the month from October-May we will bring you an amazing out-of-town featured poet, a fantastic local spotlight artist and a three round elimination slam. 

www.thephillypigeon.com 
www.facebook.com/thephillypigeon 
www.twitter.com/thephillypigeon

Nuyorican Poets Cafe (New York, NY)

Poetry Slam @ the Nuyorican Poets Cafe is truly poetry of and by the people. Winners of any Nuyorican Poetry Slam are chosen entirely by our varied audience members; a continual stream of changing faces, ages and backgrounds that make up New York City on any given night. Audience judges are not required to have any special skills or history and that's what always makes our slam so exciting and unpredictable. 

Many Poetry Slammers have begun their careers in either the Wednesday Night Slam Open or the Open Room. Some will come back and compete many times before winning a slam, so keep on coming! 2008 National Team member, Rico Steal, began his career at the Nuyorican in the Open Room and didn't quit until he was slamming on Friday Nights! 

Winner of Wednesday Night Slam Open is eligible to compete in a Friday Night Slam. If you win a Friday Night Slam, you are eligible to compete in one of the five Semi-Final Poetry Slams that happen throughout our Slam season. 

If you win a Semi-Final slam, you will become one of five poets to compete in our yearly Grand Slam Finale, which generally happens in April. The winner of that slam takes the Grand Slam Champion title for that year and immediately qualifies to be on our National Team. The rest of our yearly National Team comes out of three Run-Off Slams, which happen after the Grand Slam Finale. We send these team members to compete yearly in the National Poetry Slam.



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