Poetry Bouts

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What Is A Poetry Bout?

A Poetry Bout ™ is an oral sporting event, a competition between two experienced poets. It’s a staged poetry show, presented within a mock boxing ring, with a referee, ring girl, judges, time keeper and round bell. Each of the two poets presents one original poem per round for the designated number of rounds. The poet with the best poems wins.

Referee Bruce McIntosh reads the rules to 2000 World Heavyweight
Championship Poetry Bout contenders, Sherman Alexie and Bob Holman.


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Official Regulations for the Conduct of Poetry Bouts

Sanctioned Bout Information

Exhibition Bout Information

Abbreviated History of Poetry Bouts

History of Bout Poets


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