Tuesday, November 15, 2005

November 15-The night and results

What a night. Didn't expect much due to the storms that came in but the weather broke midafternoon and stayed quite nice for the rest of the night. Usually in the fall/winter months, a crowd will come together earlier and leave earlier, but for whatever reason, the BPP crowd is coming later and sticking around. Not complaining one bit though. Had over 60-70 people in attendance so to that I say thank you folks. I will keep trying to put on a good show.

Open mic list was short but filled up quick and with nice quality people. Mikelle read, which was a pleasant surprise. I love her and her husband, Phillip, to death. Shaun Barber did his thing, the mic was barely able to extend high enough for him.(he is like 6'8")
Had some underage cats come in, which was sweet. I really want to get the college and high school kids involved in this, and have plans to make it even better for them.
One of them was Andy, a very cool young man whom was recently published . He had to be one of the nicest young people I have met in a while.

The slam was great. Long (due to a three way tie for second), but great.
It was two rounds, not including the tie breaking slam-off. Only like seven or eight people in this one, which was cool. So with only one more slam to go before the big slam-off in December the placings were:
1st Place- Rose
2nd Place- John
3rd Place-Tone
4th Place-Will

Each of them got points for the GRAND SLAM in December.

If you slam, you must realize that it is a competition, but also it is for fun. This means don't walk away mad or hurt because someone gave you a score you don't think you should have received. the score did not make you and it should not break you. Nuff said.

I have been very happy with the judges and how firm they have been in each slam. They like what they like but remain open and listen to everything the poets say. I make it quite clear that at this night, a "5" is not bad, it is average. And a "10" should be damn near impossible. they have stuck to their guns in every slam thus far and I thank all of them for that.

My "Bar seat" idea worked out great. The crowd was very attentive and tame up thru the added round for tiebreaking.

And again I must say to all poets, if you say something to anyone in the crowd, you are fair game to them. Hell, I might even get on you a bit.

Quick shout out to Matt Barnes, who came out and slammed andbrought some fun back into it. I just worked with him on the Show Art Columbus night by bringing some poetry into the event and we had a blast.

More to come...always.