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Poetry slam competition puts a new focus on ancient art form

Tom Francis recites a poem at Valentine's in Albany during a Nitty Gritty Slam event.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Tom Francis recites a poem at Valentine's in Albany during a Nitty Gritty Slam event.
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Mojavi Wright wants to win. And he thinks his team has the talent to do so. “If we can make it to the semi-finals, then we’ve got a chance,” Wright said. His sport? Poetry. Wright is the coach of the Nitty Gritty poetry slam team, which will compete in the National Poetry Slam in Charlotte, N.C., from Aug. 7 to 11. Based in Albany, the five-member team is an outgrowth of Nitty Gritty Slam, a ...

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