WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP POETRY BOUTS

 

Sherman Alexie wins World Heavyweight Championship

Sherman Alexie wins World Heavyweight Championship. Photo by John Rudiak.

The “Main Event” of the Taos Poetry Circus is a two-poet competition designed as a ten-round boxing match in a ring, with referee, bell, ringperson and three judges. Championship Poetry Bouts are scored on the Illinois Ten Point Must System.

 Here, you can purchase DVDs. Note: We are in the process of converting all our videos to MP4 format, which will be available in the future!

1 •  FIRST TAOS POETRY CIRCUS – Gregory CORSO vs. Terry JACOBUS, plus Allen GINSBERG and Peter ORLOVSKY

(Excerpts) 1982

WBV-A  $29

 2 •  Lewis MacADAMS vs. Joanne KYGER

(Excerpts) 1985

WBV-B  $15

 3 •  Lewis MacADAMS vs. Andrei CODRESÇU

1986

WBV-C  $29

 4 •  Andrei CODRESÇU vs. Victor HERNÁNDEZ CRUZ

1987

WBV-D  $29

 5 •  Victor HERNÁNDEZ CRUZ vs. Deborah SALAZAR

1988

WBV-E  $29

 6 •  Victor HERNÁNDEZ CRUZ  vs. Anne WALDMAN
“Battle Of The Bards” video by EZTV

1989

WBV-89   $29

7 •  Anne WALDMAN vs. Ed SANDERS

1990

WBV-F  $29

8 •  Anne WALDMAN vs. Ntozake SHANGE

1991

WBV-001  $29

9 •  Ntozake SHANGE vs. Simon ORTIZ

1993

WBV-002  $29

10 •  Simon ORTIZ vs. Quincy TROUPE

1994

WBV-003  $29

11 •  Quincy TROUPE vs. Bobbie Louise HAWKINS

1995

WBV-004  $29

12 •  Quincy TROUPE vs. Jimmy Santiago BACA

1996

WBV-005  $29

13 •  Jimmy Santiago BACA vs. Patricia SMITH

1997

WBV-006  $29

14 •  Jimmy Santiago BACA vs. Sherman ALEXIE

1998

WBV-007  $29

15 •  Sherman ALEXIE vs. Wanda COLEMAN

1999

WBV-008  $29

16 •  Sherman ALEXIE vs. Bob HOLMAN 

2000

WBV-009  $29

Bob Holman

Bob Holman. Photo by John Rudiak.

17 •  Sherman ALEXIE vs. Saul WILLIAMS 

2001

WBV-010  $29

18 •  Saul WILLIAMS vs. Pat PAYNE 

2002

WBV-011  $29

19 •  Pat PAYNE vs. Willie PERDOMO

2003

WBV-012  $29

After the 2001 Bout, the only four-time World Heavyweight Poetry Champ,
Sherman “The Shermanator” Alexie, hung up his gloves and retired from the ring.

At the Ring. Champion’s belt buckle and beaded cap.
Photo by John Rudiak.

Whitney Dillon, WCHPB Ring Girl 2000. Photo by John Rudiak.