That’s what I’m talking about!
This is the time in the slam season when things really start heating up! Our feature last night was my old and well loved friend Coy King. Coy and I started out in the Seattle Slam at exactly the same time about 8 years ago. We were the new kids together. Coy has since moved back to the South East and really launched his music career. It was great to see him back on our stage.
The slam was so good. It was one of those quirky, anything-can-happen nights I love at the Seattle Slam.
I have to take credit for forcing my next door neighbor and besty Roberto Ascalon to put his name in the hat. Roberto is an old school slammer and amazing poet who rarely struts his stuff these days. He wanted to see if he “still had it.” Verdict is yes, Roberto, you still have “it.” Roberto’s favorite poem of the night was a loving hateful look at Seattle culture called “I Anonymous.” My favorite lines: “I anonymous, I have no God,” and “…loves me fair trady.”
Sarah Sapienza was glorious as always. Sarah writes these perfectly pitched narrative poems with immaculate structure. She does exactly what I love so I’m always giddy when she gets on the mike. She did not disappoint, although her scores in the final round disappointed me. Still, enough to get her into the semi-final.
But, slammers, let me warn you. If you find yourself in a slam with Jack McCarthy and he is on that night and the sound in the venue is good, I suggest you either feed steroids to your A game or bow out gracefully. Jack was the audience darling last night after his first poem about Sisyphus. We are so lucky to have Jack in Seattle. Sorry Cantab but…suck it.
Why are these poets ripping off their arms and swinging them at one another? Well to get spots in next week’s Semi-Final Slam of course. Whey is that important? Because next week, we will give away two more spots in our Grand Slam, SPS’s big show of the year.
The Grand Slam, featuring slam legend Patricia Smith on Sunday, April 26 at Neumos.
The semi-final slam next week is going to be HOT!! Due to a tie, we had to take 10 poets into the semi. It is going to be soooo crazy. Possibly the best slam of the year. I’m hosting and the SlamMaster for the legendary Nuyorican Poet’s Cafe Mahogany Browne is our feature!! (Mahogany is also doing a free show at UW Tacoma on Tuesday.) Here are (to my memory) the poets in the next semi-final: