Weekend Picks

It’s National Poetry Month! So, when you’re not pondering a pantoum or if you’re in need of a break from all of those virile villanelles, then check out these films. Or, show up to the third annual St. Albert Teen Poetry Slam, held at the Library tomorrow from 2-4 PM, and expect everything!

Louder Than A Bomb

Every year, more than 600 teenagers from over 60 Chicago-area schools gather for the world’s largest youth poetry slam, a competition known as ‘Louder than a Bomb.’ Founded in 2001, it is the only event of its kind in the country, a youth poetry slam built from the beginning around teams. This film captures the real story: the teamwork, the love and the poetry, rather than the points.



Dramatizes the events leading up to accusations of obscenity against Allen Ginsberg and his poem “Howl, ” and the subsequent trial where he had to defend his most famous work. Don’t miss James Franco acting…in a movie. Yes, another one…


Weekend Picks

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