First up was RoseMarie (who also did the Slam), with a relationship piece in rhyme, "Why Did I Give Up On Us?" Avery read a piece about the mega-coincidence of the Laura Buxton(s), a great pile of words, but read much too fast. K.P. (Kevin Peterson, of course) read his classic Stewart's hangover poem ("Sausage Egg & Cheese Defined").
Daniella Watson's poem was a Slam piece about urban violence, invoking the spirit of MLK & probably would've done well in the Slam portion. Algorhythm didn't Slam either & his piece was about trying to pay with a $100 bill at Dunkin' Donuts (duh!). I played off the up-coming anniversary of the Kent State/Jackson State massacres in 1970 with an older poem from 2010 "44,000." & that was it.
|(from left) Michael, Victorio, K.P, & Christopher|
On to the Slam, with K.P. as the Slam host -- 5 poets, 2 rounds, all 5 both rounds, then the final 1 to 1 round. It was a low-scoring night, only 1 "10" (Christopher the Poet) due to some particularly tough judges & the absence of some particularly uncritical folks who often volunteer as judges. There were also a majority of new Slammers, Rose Marie, Billy & Michael.
When the white boards were all whiped & the tallies counted off on Avery's fingers & toes, Rose Marie was 5th, next was Billy, then Michael. Victorio & Christopher the Poet went head-to-head for first place, with Christopher taking first with his signature "Dear Future Son or Daughter."
Nitty Gritty Slam is held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday, with a 5th Tuesday when there is one, at Valentines, New Scotland Ave., Albany -- $5.00, unless you have a student I.D., then only $3.00.