Long before slow jams, heart emojis, and chick flicks, people got their romance on through poetry—and they still do to this day. Words can be used to woo us in a variety of ways. There’s earnest, sweet, G-rated fare. There’s searingly angry, bad-ass revenge poetry. And there are raunchy pieces that could make a porn star blush. This week, SlamMN! will get sexy with the language of love at the always popular Erotic Poetry Tournament. For three days, a slew of performers—some local, some from out of town—will take the stage to share their hilarious, heartfelt, wistful, and arousing bits. In true poetry-slam form, random audience members will be selected as judges each night, and folks are welcome to share haikus between sets. Events on Wednesday and Thursday are preliminaries, with the grand finale on Friday night. The winner takes home $400 and the supreme honor of being crowned 2018’s Erotic Poet Champion of the Year. For tickets, visit www.brownpapertickets.com.