Poetry Slam

Grounding Sessions presented The Preliminary Slam for the upcoming Open Book Festival, the Drawing Room in Observatory played host to 7 amazingly talented poets all vying for a chance to represent themselves and Grounding Sessions at the festival.


Poetry is not a turning loose of
emotion, but an escape from
emotion; it is not the expression of
personality, but an escape from
personality. But, of course, only
those who have personality and
emotions know what it means to
want to escape from these things.
T. S. Eliot

We witnessed Poetry at its best, raw and untouched full of emotion, full of character breaking barriers that only we ourselves put infront of us. With each poet giving it their all we were hanging onto each word uttered, each hand gesture, smile or frown, the audience were captivated.

The recent issues we’ve been facing over language policies, I witnessed this being broken down first hand through Poetry. English, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Khoi….and San whatever language through Poetry you are free to express yourself and we will listen.

I decided that it was not wisdom
that enabled poets to write their
poetry, but a kind of instinct or
inspiration, such as you find in seers
and prophets who deliver all their
sublime messages without knowing
in the least what they mean.


Vus’umuzi Phakathi gave us a little taste of his one-man show and wow is an understatement, the ladies were dripping uh I mean hanging onto the words that came out his mouth. If food is the way to a man’s heart then I guess today I learnt that words are the way to a Woman’s heart – Thank you Vusi.

Life is hard when you ain’t got money but words will win the others is just xyz, I’ve seen the future through a blind man’s eyes very dark indeed. – a mashup of words uttered by some of the poets today.

The future is definitely not dark for these talented youngsters and with platforms like these they are bound to soar to great heights.

Goodluck to the winners and for more info on the Open Book Festival and Grounding Sessions follow the link below:

If my poetry aims to achieve
anything, it’s to deliver people from
the limited ways in which they see
and feel.
Jim Morrison


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