So with a little help from arithmetic one could determine that, if this event is held twice a month, #24 would mark the end of a year of slams, & indeed it was, & it also marked the (not quite triumphant, but undaunted) return of the Nitty Gritty Slam team from the Slam Nationals. Tonight was a special invitational event with all the past year's Slam winners invited to compete in tonight's Slam. The rest of us relegated to the open mic.
& what an open mic it was, with regulars, old-timers & virgins & newbees, with Slam coach Mojavi (without his coach's whistle) as the host. Elizag was first up with a recitation of William Butler Yeats' "The Lake Isle of Innisfree," channeling the famous recording of Yeats hisself. Carri LaCroix Pan was back again with a waltzing piece I think was about dancing as much as it was about anything else. Since the open mic didn't have time limit of the Slam I was able to do a rare reading (outside of a peace rally) of my poem of "Baghdad/Albany." Mojavi pulled a page from his teaching experience with a portrait of a boisterous, rebellious young student, then introduced the next reader as "Funk Master Nest," Professor Daniel Nester, who read a found poem culled from comments on a Blog, "Dogs in Halloween Costumes," probably the easiest poem in the World to write.
It's quite an achievement to fill a whole year, twice a month at Valentines, with Slam poetry & a genuinely fabulous open mic. It looks like it's on to year 2 -- the 1st & 3rd Tuesdays of each month at Valentine's on New Scotland Ave. in Albany, NY -- check it out on AlbanyPoets.com.