“Competition has been shown to be useful up to a certain point and no further, but cooperation, which is the thing we must strive for today, begins where competition leaves off”
        Franklin D. Roosevelt
I have heard many arguments, from many artists, who are for or against competitive poetry events. (Slams) I see both sides of the argument and tend to ride the fence a bit when it comes to my own opinion. My opinion is in line with what Franklin D. Roosevelt had to say in the quote above. I will also say this. The poetry at a slam is a different experience than an open mic. The tensions are higher, the material is more dramatic and the subject matter is more compelling. At a slam you are seeing many artists in their most focused and most aware state. To watch one is to take a ride on an emotional roller coaster. Typically, you will witness the best verses from the most dynamic poets in any city that plays host. Sure, in a competitive environment, it is easy for an artist to forget about what really matters. More consumed with winning than sharing a verse that may change someone’s life. However, slam can be a beautiful thing, where comradery, creativity and character are all elevated to new levels. Do I want to win the next slam I participate in? Of course I do! And I will certainly be going for the gold. Yet winning does not dominate my inspiration. Sharing on a high level does. So if you live in, around or near Sacramento California, come out tomorrow or any 4th Friday of the month to Café Luna’s and enjoy. If you do not live in this particular area and you have an appreciation for the spoken word; I recommend you find the slam nearest you.
 Witness for yourself and see the poetic version of a modern day gladiator.

One who use words instead of weapons…
One who uses personas instead of shields…
One who views connection and winnings as the glory of war.