Poetry Slamming


United States
30° 30' 4.9608" N, 86° 23' 54.5244" W

The way it read, “Poetry Slam”, made it sound so violent

I liked to think the artistic community was more refined

than the MMA fighters slamming each other with folding chairs

whilst appropriately dressed fans watched in awe.

It was only when I saw the words flying through the air

like sweating, muscular men in glorified bikinis;

When I saw commas and colons being hurled about

like a disposable folding chair atop a challenger’s head;

When I saw the conflicting themes, messages, and styles

slamming together onstage,

whilst appropriately dresses fans watched in awe,

That I understood how appropriate the term

“Slam” really is for poetry competition.


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