Posted by Paul Devlin:
I couldn’t find the right spot for it in my movie SlamNation, but this is still one of favorite poems from the Portland National Poetry Slam.
Soon, slam poets would discover that loud, emotionally turbulent, political, racial, and confessional pieces were mostly likely to win. The voice of slam poetry began to narrow at the National level.
But before then, when the form was new and poets were less competitively savvy, the Nationals allowed for more diverse styles. There was still room for thoughtful, quiet performances, like this poignant piece by Los Angeles team poet Dan McGinn.
Merry Christmas everyone, from the DevlinPix team!