But first the open mic, which I always find much more interesting & varied, tonight hosted by Mojavi. Brian Dorn read his poem "What's the Use" ironically enough about the frustration of being a poet. Jacky K's poem was written 11 years ago, the perfect match: drugs & music. My poem was also old, written many years ago, about my parents & grandfather, "Going Postal."
Jes ListenToMyWords read about love & sex, telling us, "he said my nickname should be 'Sunshine'." Bless was back to rail against our powerlessness in the age of social media.
el presidente/il papa Thom Francis appropriately enough served as the host for the Slam, wishing a fond farewell to the season of Nitty Gritty Slams, noting that the AlbanyPoets team came in 35th in the Nationals in Boston. For the calibration/"sacrificial lamb" poem for the judges, Algorhythm & Christopher the Poet (now going by the handle "SayMo") performed a group piece which could be best described as "cliches of being black."
The field of Slam-mers included Tasha, Poetyc Visionz, Algorhythm (doing his wonderful real poem about being black & speaking Japanese), Mojavi (wanting to bang Judge Judy -- ! --), SayMo, D. Colin, Kevin Peterson (with a real poem about suicide), & the defending Champ ILLiptical (with the title of the piece, "just Bring It,"a Slam self-referential, on his tee shirt).
|T. Francis, SameOle, D. Colin & Kevin P.|
Now on to the 3rd season of Nitty Gritty Slam still held on each of the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays at Valentines (for now) on New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY, with an open mic for poets followed by a Slam for slam-mers. Discounted price for students (of age or with (im)proper ID).