March 14, 2007

The first actual poetry slam I ever attended was in Athens, Georgia. It was in a coffee shop's back room (Blue Sky?, yes Blue Sky) and the organizers gave everyone red and blue fly swaters to use as voting mechanisms. Matt Lusk did a first round improv bit that explained the rules but used chewing gum & his John Deere cap as props in the telling, hence disqualifying him from later rounds. Douglas Martin also performed, if I remember correctly. Douglas was always very good at gesturing: very tight, rehearsed, choreographed readings. I may be conflating readings, but I think this might also have been when the Scottish National Slam team rolled through town; at any rate, same reading or not, it was the same venue.



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