|A judge's office|
Well, obviously, what that is is my own reactions, my own experiences. First of all, I was touched by Bless' poem in the open mic segment (the only open mic poet, not counting Slam Bastard Dain Brammage) confronting the essential element of a Slam. Or as novelist Walter Mosley described it, "a world where poetry is a contest at best & a competition at worst." And Bless is one who should (& does) know.
In one of the night's ironies & a lesson in Slam-rules, Brett Axel, as the sacrificial poet/lamb/goat (used to calibrate the judges scoring) read a poem for which he received a "0" because it was not his own -- one must perform one's own original work. & I was pleased with my own performance in the 1st round of the Slam: 21.1 points, good enough for 5th place. Gradually creeping up in the scoring.
|Dain Brammage, Rain Dan, Victorio & Shannon Shoemaker|
Valentine's is on New Scotland Ave. in Albany, NY, & the Slam is on the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, as long as folks keep showing up.