Alix Olson: Word Warrior

Who says fighting The Man can't rhyme?

| October 16, 2003 Issue

If you thought slam poetry had been discharged from the culture war or that its combatants had ceased their verbal assault against the status quo and are no longer a front-line threat, then listen again. As Elizabeth DiNovella writes in The Progressive, Alix Olson "first became involved with the poetry slam scene in the late 1990s, when she moved to New York City 'with the intention to change the world.' She went to the Nuyorcian Poets' Cafe with some guitar lyrics and performed them as poems. The effect was immediate."

Immediate, yes. And enduring.