Full Title: Stars from heyday of D.C.’s poetry slam scene gather for spoken word reunion.
Silvana Straw marched onto the stage with a megaphone, calling out gentrifiers. Jeffrey McDaniel recalled the advantage of being white during a tense encounter with a D.C. police officer. Joel Dias-Porter (a.k.a. DJ Renegade) told of teaching in a local school and learning that one of his students had just been shot to death.
Kenneth Carroll drew some of the evening’s biggest laughs with a poem that presented a fabled local politician as a mythic trickster figure from African American folklore: “If a black cat crosses your path, Marion Barry will get him a job. . . .”
It was the first night of “The Ghost of D.C. Past: All-Star Spoken Word Reunion,” which ran Saturday and Sunday at Dance Place, near Catholic University.