Berkeley slam is one of those many festivities held in appreciation of poetry. It is all about appreciating spontaneous poetry. Berkeley slam is a great platform for amateur poetry enthusiasts who wish to pour out their poetry to an audience in public.
You do not need to have any of your poetry in print or any such kind of formal eligibility to take part in the different kinds of poetry related competitions at the Berkeley slam. In fact, it’s an open platform where by one can walk into this open mic event and jet across your poetic verses to the public gathered out there. And who knows you may even be voted towards winning by the randomly chosen judges – from among the audience. Yes, friends you will be surprised to know that the judges here are actually randomly picked up from among the audience gathered, these judges are then made to vote on poetry that is recited. The poet with the maximum votes from the judges is declared winner.
The best part being that everyone who is part of the slam gets to have a share in the fun. The audience is treated to interesting new poetry depicting the views of the new world, upcoming poets and poetry enthusiasts get an opportunity to be heard and appreciated by the public and those lucky to be randomly picked to judge are proud for being part of the slam.
People who are not fond of poetry also make up a large crowd among the audience, in view of the socialization at the gathering and since socializing makes most people happy they do not mind, in fact all people happily attend the gathering even though it represents poetry. The Berkeley slam has musical guests as part of the show, pulling the audience with their performances between the poetry sessions.