In America the MCs encourage the audience to respond to the poets or the judges in any way they see fit. Audiences can boo or cheer at the conclusion of a poem, or even during a poem. At the Uptown Slam at Chicago’s Green Mill Tavern, where poetry slam was born, the audience is instructed on an established progression of reactions if they don’t like a poet, including finger snapping, foot stomping, and various verbal exhortations.
Audience reaction will play a key role in the Verse vs Verse Slam, Eastside suggests the following positive reactions:
1.) Clapping, 2.) Clapping and cheering, 3.) Clapping, cheering, standing up and stamping feet.
No negative reactions will be allowed at this slam.