THE GREATEST POETRY SHOW ON EARTH!
MINOR HERON presents 22 years of live performances by the
internationally acclaimed TAOS POETRY CIRCUS, available on DVD.
The annual TPC poetry festival produced by poets Anne MacNaughton and
Peter Rabbit ran from 1982 to 2003 and showcased both established
poets and those early in their career.
Performances include the famous WORLD
HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP POETRY BOUT, the event that originated
modern competitive poetic performance. Additional Reading Series are CONTEMPORARY
VOICES, featuring cutting edge poetics; GLOBAL
VOICES featuring poets who work outside the American mainstream;
the NEW MEXICO INVITATIONAL
featuring Southwestern poets; TAG
TEAM BOUTS featuring four poets in two competitive teams;
the OPEN POETRY SLAM that brought competitors from around
the country; and the YOUTH POETRY SLAM that led to the seminal statewide contest for teenagers, and fostered the national event in the 90s.
Some of the poets featured here include Allen Ginsberg, Sherman
Alexie, Saul Williams, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Ed Dorn, Simon Ortiz,
Victor Hernandez Cruz, Wanda Coleman, Bob Holman, Ed Sanders,
Sekou Sundiata, Quincy Troupe, Nanao Sakaki, Patricia Smith, Jayne
Cortez, Ntozake Shange, Andrei Codrescu, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael
Reed, John Trudell, Anne Waldman, Jim Carroll, Jessica Hagedorn,
Alice Notley, Anselm Hollo, Michael McClure, and many others.
Poetry by a selection of poets as mixed as America!
Ed Dorn reads Gunslinger in the annual Epic Poem Reading, 1985. Credit: Peter L. Douthit
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