In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Echo Chamber presented the annual “WORD BEAT I POWA” dub poetry/poetry/spoken word special last night. Special items include a street poet (Vernon Patterson) reciting a poem on the street; a special dubplate from our friend Eggblood; and Dr. StrangeDub’s own “monkey-ized” mix of Mutabaruka’s “The Monkey (Speaks His Mind)”. Besides Muta, the dub poets included Linton Kwesi Johnson, Yasus Afari, Jazzmin Tutum, Jean Binta Breeze, Ras Takura, Desmond Faada Johnson, Haji Mike, Glenville Bryan (dub), Oku Onuora, Malachi Smith, and Spaceape (with Dub Gabriel). More poetry, toasting, and spoken word from Jack Kerouac, JEN, Bill Laswell & Nicole Blackman, e.g. bailey, U-Roy, Paul Bowles, e.g. bailey, William S. Burroughs (with Dub Spencer & Trance Hill), Jah Wobble, I-Roy, Big Youth, Lee “Scratch” Perry, The Selecter, Prince Jazzbo, Brain Damage (ft. Suzanne Thoma), and more. Oh yeah, and DJ Baby Swiss went a bit crazy and played a near half-hour piece from the incomparable Ken Nordine.