Sep. 9th, 2009

crazyjane: (poetry)
So, tonight was the last heat for the Overload Poetry Slam, held at Northcote Social Club.

After rushing around like the proverbial chook to get there on time, it was hurry up and wait while everything got sorted. Our 7.30 pm start ended up being about 8.15 - not bad for Poets' Time, actually.

This Slam was run more like the US kind - five judges chosen at random from the audience who are not poets, or affiliated with poets in any way. In fact, they are preferentially insurance agents or bankers. These judges give a score from 10 to minus infinity. The top and bottom scores are struck out, and the remainder added. You are, basically, at their mercy.

Order of appearance is entirely random. The audience calls out a number, and if yours is up, you just gotta schlep out to the stage and pick up the mic. Going first is, of course, something that everyone prays will not happen to them.

Naturally, that's exactly what happened to me tonight. Argh. I got a cold room, new judges and a bagful of nerves. As a result, I wasn't too surprised when I ended up not making the top 3, who go into the Final on Friday night. Annoyed at getting the bum spot, but hey, it's the nature of the thing.

While I'm congratulating the winner (who has the best technique of dealing with hecklers I've ever seen - oh, didn't I mention heckling is not only allowed, but encouraged?), the MC came up to me and informed that the third-place finalist couldn't make the Final. I was only 0.5 points behind him so ...


I MADE THE FINAL!!!


Yes, it was a technicality, but you know what? To get that close, especially when I was up first? I'm not complaining.

So, now I'm just going to sit here and jitter until Friday night.

If anyone's bored then, and wants to point and laugh, it's at Dante's in Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, at 9.30pm.




(Oh, and did I mention that there's a ninja? She attacks you with a pair of foam swords if you go over the three minute time limit. I shit you not. She's scary.)

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