Pulling a “45”
The optimism I had in regard to my showing last Monday has been tempered somewhat by the actual scores that emerged from the night. I didnâ€™t realize how far I was slipping in the judges scorecards and my dynamic, gut-wrenching rendition of my final poem only generated a so-so score as opposed to the amazing score I had alluded to. Just throwing this out so it can be part of the actual record. I donâ€™t want to be looking back at this journal and seeing some historically incorrect entries.
I am still happy with my performance both the good and bad of it. Which is kinda rare for me, at this point of the game I should be deflating myself and going over all the negatives but I accomplished what I wanted toâ€”making the Semis. The experience is crazy and there is no way that it could be duplicated under any other conditions and while I had a tough match I am truly happy that I was able to put my poems to the test.
The optimistic viewpoint is that I will continue developing as a writer and have enough poems in my arsenal to be able to rock out in a future slam. Which is leading to the semi-retirement of both “Mercy on the Battlefield” and “Ceviche” poems. Unless, I have a feature, I donâ€™t see myself using either any time soon. Time to put “Canto” & “CapicÃº” to the test at different open mics and not just be the guy that does the Salsa poem. Hope I can live up to this claim. Donâ€™t want to be pulling a Jordan and retiring and unretiring all the time.
Another residual positive is some of the really constructive advice I have been getting in regard to my stage persona. Iâ€™ve received a few tips, here and there, and I do believe I will be putting them to the test.
Two new poems got birthed today and Iâ€™m going to flesh them out lovely to see how well they work into the scenario. (Tentaive titles- “Love Poem Request” & “Corner Shouts”) All this is coming from the two workshops Iâ€™m taking. Looking at my work SO differently now. One of my exercises revolves around copying someoneâ€™s style as your own. I could go the easy way and do a Baca poem, especially since “Canto” is kinds my attempt to do a JSB style poem but I think I may look elsewhere for some inspiration. Maybe Tony Medina or some other more socially conscious writer. Hey, I know who! Iâ€™ll go over Martin Espadaâ€™s book and see what I can grab. Either would do but Iâ€™m feeling Espada just a but more. You never know, I could get my ever elusive “Political Poem” out of this.
For something different, check out Elmore Leonardâ€™s “Cuba Libre.” It’s just a plain novel but sometimes that’s good. Too much poetry will catch up to you after a while.