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Click here to check out the upcoming events at Rain City Poetry Slam!  We have an open mic and poetry every Wednesday at Jai Thai on Broadway at 8pm.

November 28, 2017

Day One

by Ian Martinez   They say it was a void, That in the beginning there was nothing until God filled it, I marvel at a being so powerful it could fill something with no walls, No edges, No cycles to mark day from day. It’s splendid nonsense, Beautiful fallacy; Voids must be surrounding by things, … Continue reading “Day One”

November 7, 2017

Warriors’ Call

by Collin Edmonds To all my warriors Fight and don’t stop Grab your weapons and armor and prepare for battle Our enemy is tall but not impenetrable For hundreds of years we have fought swing our swords and making precise cuts only to find they are not deep enough But do not be discouraged Swing … Continue reading “Warriors’ Call”

October 30, 2017


by Reg-E   You can find love in this broken home. Hidden underneath beds In Closets And in other places Where we leave forgotten things.   Reg-E is a 20 year old poet and educator based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He also co-hosts and organizes the RichOak Alchemy Poetry Slam in Oakland, … Continue reading “Hidden”

October 25, 2017


by Jamey Williams   The night turns me into I am a tenebrific mess. Transforms me into a container For contemptment to fill with languor. It anchors me in the middle of an ocean Where the waves are constructed of resentment And remnants of anger. And isn’t the end of the day A perfect place … Continue reading “Night”

October 3, 2017


by Troy Cunio   why should I not sleep under whichever streetlight feels most like home? a backseat is enough for love, so why not loneliness? this is a home I can take anywhere a turtleshell that carries me this is a battered and dented bedroom where I slumber surrounded by my possessions like an … Continue reading “ODE TO SLEEPING IN MY CAR, WITH FM LULLABIES”

September 13, 2017

Design Patterns

by Alex Loret de Mola   I live my life by patterns; rituals in code and conduct that keep me safe, predictable. { A repository is a structure to access and modify data in an organized manner: a pattern you use in code to persist knowledge, to retrieve it, sometimes to suppress it. { Knowledge … Continue reading “Design Patterns”

September 4, 2017

Everyone’s a Hero [Reprise]

by Elliot Anaya Captain Hammer says, home is where the heart is so your real home’s in your chest I guess that’s why I’m never completely convinced I belong anywhere. This is not a treasure chest Given to me at the completion of my quest, It’s a chest of drawers stuffed to the brim With … Continue reading “Everyone’s a Hero [Reprise]”

August 27, 2017

Open Board Member Position

Rain City is looking for a new member of their board. Board members lead and direct the slam, and also run Rain City projects such as outreach and education.   Job Expectations: Attendance: scheduling is pretty flexible, as board members split responsibilities among themselves. However, board members are expected to attend at least two slams … Continue reading “Open Board Member Position”

August 14, 2017

We the People

by Von Bellows   We the People, In order to form a more exclusive union Do hereby deny our unalienable rights Of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness Our country will provide us with happiness We have no need to speak freely Thus, relinquish the first amendment And strip the people of their voices– … Continue reading “We the People”

August 8, 2017

Language Peers into Its Own Grave

by Duane Kirby Jensen (Birthed at Poetry Laboratory and inspired by ambient sound created by Adam R Bagley.)   (Heavy worn-out breathing) Attempting to catch my breath on this pile of ruble, I give these last words to the wind as I look into the heart of this crumbled city now nothing but bent steel, … Continue reading “Language Peers into Its Own Grave”

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