This past week in brief and my NPS recap OR notes from the road part 1:
This post still coming to you from Boston. Tomorrow I head to Vegas, but here are my thoughts and favorite moments from NPS 2013.
-Starting my week out with Box of Doom Slam with Hanif Abdurraqib and JG the Jugganaut doing pieces. I drew 5 horrible poems by Paul McCartney
- Walking behind team Eclectic Truth (New Orleans) to a prelim bout and listening to them freestyle line by line
-Scorekeeping for a bout hosted by Rachel McKibbens with Danez Smith as my bout manager (that combo is hilarious!)
-Haiku death match (prelims and finals). Epic.
-Having an awesome roommate
-Masquerade slam hosted by Christian Drake
-P&P Boston edition with some of the usual suspects and poets from ATL and Bull City
-John and Mimi’s wedding (pictures above)! Seriously one of the most beautiful weddings I’ve ever been to. Simple. Heartfelt. Perfect.
My favorite poems from the week:
-Slam New Orleans “Dear Batman” poem and the Steak Knife poem
-Christine Howey’s finals piece (All kinds of YES!)
-Ed Mabrey’s Katy Perry piece (finals night)
-Team Neo Soul’s showcase piece on Human Trafficking
-Da Poetry Lounge’s Virginity poem
-Beltway’s “Niggas in Paris” piece
-Boise’s prelim piece “You’re Beautiful” (absolutely HILARIOUS!!)
-Writing Wrong’s Gangsta Baby piece (“the cow says moo m*thaf*cker”)
You can watch any of the finals poems here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/37447029
Congrats again to Slam New Orleans for back to back wins at NPS.