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Best Open-Mic Poetry 

Legacy Books and Café

Every Friday night from 9 p.m.-midnight, poetry becomes Spoken Word Groove. At this venue, free verse and hip-hop meld into dynamic performance, complete with a backup band. Performances runs the gamut from timid first-timers nervously clutching the microphone to spoken-word powerhouse performers such as M.K. Stallings and Zaire Imani. The crowd is supportive either way, often shouting encouragement to the shy or tossing out a "Hallelujah!" or "Speak it!" to especially strong verse. At Spoken Word Groove, poetry isn't just for academics; rather, it becomes what it should be -- moving, humorous, accessible to everyone and performed for standing-room-only crowds.

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