The Southwest Shootout is part of a regional competition for slam poetry -- where words mashup with performance art -- but for this slam newbie it was tremendous fun. By luck, I was chosen as one of five audience judges for the first round of competition, the individuals round.
Desiree returned again, performing in the group round as well, representing her troupe The Revengers, based out of New Orleans. "I like being alone / It's just / I hate leaving," she exclaimed, and the crowd responded enthusiastically.
For more slam poetry events, check out www.abqslams.org to get inspired, use your words, and proclaim your truths from behind the microphone... or to cheer on those who are willing to bare their souls for the mike in return.