A lot of events that attempt to bridge the intersection between visual art and poetry are excruciating to sit through. Apologies to those readers who think reading stuffy sonnets in front of 19th century landscape paintings is a good time, but I’m going to go ahead and make a blanket statement: Shit’s lame. But tonight’s Poetry at the Frist event has something a lot more dynamic and engaged in store, hinging upon the power of smart, provocative contemporary art to stir reactions among its audience. And what an audience this is: Nashville-based Southern Word, which bills itself as part of the country's leading non‐profit presenters of spoken word education, youth development, and presentation in programs in the country, offers spoken-word performances from three of its brightest stars — Sebastian Jones, Alexis Woodard and Malcolm Voltaire — as they respond to the work in 30 Americans. The electrifying performances are short — about 15 minutes all together — so they’re performing twice tonight.