Wednesday, February 16, 2005

11:19AM - Wednesday 16th Feb

So, i'm back from iWPS and Binghamton University. i made it all the way to the last round of the finals and i placed fourth. More importantly, i think i performed really well and i did work that i thought was good and because i worked hard and performed hard the entire week, i have no second guesses and absolutely no hard feelings about having won. Besides, Buddy Wakefield won and he did a marvellous job.

I think it was easier to deal with not winning too, because i didn't have a team in my charge. i didn't have to feel bad for anyone else. The huge responsibility i place on my shoulders every year i go to the National Poetry Slam (not just to do well, but to ensure that folks have a positive experience) is something i think i hadn't quite understood the weight of, until i got this chance to go to a National Slam event by my self.

Worcester did a great job putting on the event as well, so Bill MacMillan, Sou MacMillan, Dawn Gabriel et al (i can't remember everyone's names after the absinthe) kudos to you. The next day (Sunday) i featured in Binghamton, NY with Bassey Ikpi and Mekkah (who was also in the finals of the iWPS - the only woman to get there) and after about 8 hours of bus riding to get there, i was thoroughly tired, but we did a great show anyway. So now settling into NYC for a full and wonderful three days til i head back out on my red state mini-tour (South Carolina and West Virginia) which will presage my deep-red (or blood-red) state mini-tour in April (Mississippi and Texas).

I'm reading Sharon Olds' "Blood, Tin, Straw" again! God she's good!!


Blogger Eliel Lucero said...

Dude congrats, and I have one small question. Just out of curiosity and sheer stupidity, are you reading Song for Trent Lott in Mississippi?

10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have you read "The Gold Cell"? Also another great Olds collection...

12:52 PM  
Blogger Roger Bonair-Agard said...

To Eliel:

how could i not read "song for Trent Lott" in Mississippi?

To Anonymous:

i haven't read that collection cover to cover, but i have read some of the pieces from it. i'll check it out. i'm a little bit in love with sharon olds, so...

9:14 AM  

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