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Vogon Poetry

What is Vogon poetry?

Vogon poetry is the brainchild of Douglas Adams, author of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy (which is actually six books long). It's described in the books as the "third worst poetry in the galaxy," surpassed in awfulness only by that of Grunthos the Flatulent and Earth's very own Paul Neil Milne Johnstone. Vogon poetry is so toxic, in fact, that should you actually have to listen to a Vogon sharing his work, your best bet at survival is to stuff your ears with mud.

So what do we do about it?

We at the SFA wish to honor all those poor souls who have succumbed to Vogon-poetry-related injuries by creating some of our own. Don't worry, we'll be employing the proper safety precautions. Here's where you come in: We want you to create the absolute worst poetry you possibly can. Bad similies, questionable rhymes, subject matter about that lump of indefinable stuff you found on your shoe last week? Bring it on!

See an actual example of Vogon poetry for ideas.

What else do we need to know?

The Vogon Poetry Slam is a competition. Bring in your original work and recite it in the most horrifying manner possible. Costumes and props are encouraged. The best ... er, worst ... poet will win candy and eternal glory.

There's also going to be an Eye of Argon reading afterwards. This is generally considered to be the worst fantasy short story ever written. More candy goes to anybody who can read an entire page out loud without bursting out laughing. Bonus points if you can do it in a silly voice.

Sayles-Hill Lounge

Saturday, October 24

6:00pm – 8:00pm