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Looking for a cheap and unconventional midweek activity to attend with a new connection from Tinder? An NSFW poetry slam surely fits the bill: if listening to strangers share X-rated poems and stories in the middle of a crowded bookstore doesn’t break the ice, nothing will. The rules for the shop’s third annual Erotica Slam are simple: Pieces must be about sex and cannot run longer than three minutes. Dirty haiku, tawdry sonnets, and erotic epistles are welcome. Neither fixed form nor seriousness are requirements, and at the show’s conclusion the audience gets to vote for the dirtiest ditty of the bunch. Participants can even take inspiration from their surroundings and improvise a sexy story set in Dupont Circle. All readers will be given Kramerbooks merch, so really, everyone’s a winner. If things don’t work out between you and your date, just head over to Afterwords and bid him adieu: It remains City Paper’s choice for the best place to break up with someone. The event begins at 8 p.m. at Kramerbooks and Afterwords Cafe, 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. (202) 387-3825. kramers.com.