First up was Avery, the title of whose poem ("Odontodacytlus Scyllarus", i.e. the mantis shrimp) I never would have gotten if he hadn't given me a (signed) copy of his poem later. I followed with the much less challenging "Living in Wilcox." Brian Dorn dedicated his poem, "From My Poem to Yours," to WordFest 2013 & National Poetry Month (we do like to point out that "In Albany, everyday is Poetry Month").
|Jackie K., & Christian|
The contestants were Avery, Christian, ILLiptical, me, P.V., James Williams, Jackie K., K.P., & Brian. The themes ranged from booze, to the Boston Marathon bombing, to sex, to sex & booze, to Buddhism, to (my naiveté) love & desire. But, after all, this was a Slam & the themes that triumphed were self-referential, humorous Haikus about writing Haikus for a Slam. I was able to make it into 2 rounds (!), to be eliminated by Christian who went on to defeat Jackie in a final Battle Royale.
It seems only fitting at this point to offer a final nod to this event with a modest attempt at still another Slam Haiku:
poets gather to
read Haiku, slam 42: