Poetry Slam at CRAFT: A Battle of Wits and Words

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Ever heard of that Haiku? Gets us laughing every time. Similar in humour yet differing in depth were some of the poems heard at last night’s Poetry Slam, organised by Word Forward. It was the inaugural event of CRAFT, a four-day festival by A for Arbite celebrating dedication, hard work, and creativity!

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How does slam poetry work, you might ask? Basically, it’s a battle of wit, poetic prose and extra points for a great performance! Beginning with 12 poets, four are eliminated each time over three rounds till a final victor emerges with the most points as judged by members of the public. Competition was stiff with the poets falling close behind on points.

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We had poems about iPhones, clouds, rules of cat living, a mouth ulcer, internalising thoughts whilst on a date, the desire to die a human rather than live a fool, having a sensuous connection with coffee, and so many more themes wound into poetic prose! It was a first and definitely an interesting experience as poets not only recited but also acted and poured out their emotions in tone and gestures.

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The ultimate winner… He totally deserved it, giving consistent performances over all three rounds in reciting his poems with much passion, confidence, and wisdom.

Craft poet winner

If you’d like to try your hand at crafting poetry, do sign up for The Craft of Poetry workshop – one of the many workshops held over the four-day CRAFT event at A for Arbite. The restaurant will also be serving its own twist on local street food (like maple scented muah chee with crushed pecan and green tea spaghettini with smoked duck breast), so join them for an all day outdoor picnic with $10 craft beers all weekend!

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List of workshops: Get tickets here
• The Craft of Poetry (Saturday 28th, 10am-12pm. $20)
• PostScripted (Saturday 28th, 2pm-5.30pm. Donations welcome)
• The Language Hospital – Spoken Word and the Art of writing (Saturday 28th, 6.30pm-7.15pm. Donations welcome)
• Food and Beer Pairing (Sunday 29th, 12pm-2pm. $30)
• 3D Printing Demystified (Sunday 29th, 3.30pm-5.30pm. Donations welcome)
• Custom Cake Topper and Wooden Doll Making (Sunday 29th, 12.30pm-2.30pm. $30)
• Writers Session featuring Samantha de Silva, author of The Daywalker Chronicles. (Sunday 29th, 10am-11.30am. Free event with limited places)

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Claire Ding
Claire Ding is the Community Manager at ticketing platform Peatix in Singapore. She runs a community event for organisers, Backstage Pass , where organisers connect with others and learn tips on event management. Quite the thrill-seeker, Claire's gone skydiving, bungee jumping, and enjoys anything that puts her on edge (quite literally), it's no wonder she's in the business of events with never a dull moment!