The parallel worlds that are rap and poetry collide, allowing an audience to uncover whose words have more power. In this spoken word showdown, the audience will choose the winner. The lyrical battle starts 8 p.m. at Living Arts. For years, these poets and rappers have debated whose rhymes were more skillful and compelling, but despite their differences, the two world’s borders are very thin. Poetry is the use of rhythmic language to evoke imaginative thinking, while rap or hip-hop is rhythmic language that is performed over a beat. When subtracting the 808 beat, rap becomes one with poetry. For more information, visit www.livingarts.org.