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Timeline to CYHMN?, Reminder, and Schools

Not much time left to prep for the first annual Calgary city high school poetry SLAM!, Can You Hear Me Now? 2014! Where has the time gone?

If you’ve registered (and paid your fees) – that’s the reminder – here is a suggested schedule for preparing your team (and yourself) so that they (and you) are ready for May 10.

Week of March 17 – group up and start working on concepts and key lines for group poems; keep working to refine individual poems

Week of March 24 – Spring Break – hopefully they will write some stuff while forgetting everything they’ve learned in the first two months of the semester

Week of March 31 – refine all group pieces; finalize individual pieces

Week of April 7 – choose the best poems and performers; choose best group poems; edit poems; start working on performances

Week of April 14 – edit poems and refine performances; complete final edits of poems in prep for memorization; attend CYHMN? organizational meeting (time and location TBA); submit manuscript of poems and section cover page design for publication (deadline and details to be communicated shortly)

Week of April 21 – memorize poems and refine performances

Week of April 28 – memorize poems and refine performances

Week of May 5 – memorize poems and perfect performances (with alliteration! everyone loves alliteration!)

May 10 – SLAM! Can You Hear Me Now? is today!

Week of May 12 – relax in the knowledge of a job well done and in the afterglow of participating in the first ever Calgary city high school poetry SLAM!; and start prepping for next year, which will be even bigger and better than this year! 🙂

Participating Schools:

St. Anne’s, Bishop Grandin, Bowness, Robert Thirsk, Father Lacombe, Centennial, and Lord Beaverbrook

Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines – and a Date Change


The final registration deadline is nearly upon us!

Please ensure that you have paid your full entry fee ($150, which would include your intent to compete fee of $50 and an additional registration fee of $100) by March 7.

Please ensure that you have also submitted the final roster for your team by March 7 (email it to Richard Wagner at rgwagner@cbe.ab.ca).

After the final registration date (changed to March 7 from February 28), we will announce the list of schools who will be competing this year.

Date Change

CYMNH? has been changed from May 14 to Saturday, May 10. The SLAM will consist of two rounds: one semi-final round and one final round.

The semi-final rounds (there will be two) will have all teams competing, with the top four teams making it into the finals. All bouts and rounds will be held at Lord Beaverbrook High School on Saturday, May 10.

A full schedule will be released after the final registration date and once all teams are finalized.

CYHMN? Suggestions for Holiday Speeches (and congratulations!)

In the spirit of the season, here are the official CYHMN? Suggestions for Holiday Speeches – a surefire means to a stress-free, emotionally secure, and artistically inspiring holiday season.

Simply follow these pieces of advice, and any holiday speech that’s requested of you will move hearts, change minds, reconcile conflicts, and even cook food faster! Guaranteed!*

  1. Always do a performance poem. Or a mime. Everyone loves those things!
  2. Limit yourself to the goodly length of 3 minutes or less. While points won’t be deducted for going over, per se, the longer your poem goes the more likely you are to have food thrown at you. Which might not be such a bad thing, depending on the skill of the cook.
  3. “Turkey” rhymes with everything. Write accordingly.
  4. Despite the effectiveness of previous performance poems that dealt with subjects such as your great aunt’s drinking problem, your cousin’s racism, and the emotional neglect inflicted upon you by your parents, avoid borrowing lines from these pieces to include in your speech. The reception will likely be different from the one you received at the poetry club.
  5.  Know your audience and choose your imagery carefully. Despite what you may believe, there is more than one holiday being celebrated at this time of year.
  6. Even at home, props are not allowed.
  7. A glass of your favourite holiday beverage is NOT considered a prop.
  8. Musical accompaniment is optional. Unless it’s offered by your sister who has auditioned, unsuccessfully, for eight years to be on a reality TV show about aspiring ukelele players trying to make it to “The Show” – then it’s prohibited.
  9. Constrain your gestures to the space. At the best of times, no one appreciates a slap from a performance poet, no matter how much you think they should.
  10. Give generously, constantly, and joyously of yourself, your time, and your affection. Particularly if you’re trying to build a career as a performance poet because you won’t be able to afford giving anything else.

*Guarantee only valid in Instanbul (not Constantinople), Turkey on December 18, 2047, from 3:37 to 3:38 a.m.


And congratulations to Bishop Grandin High School – the first team to officially register a team in CYHMN?!

For everyone else, please remember that the deadline for the Intent to Compete form is January 20 and the deadline for the registration form is February 28.