This past weekend was jam packed with events, but there was one that I could not miss. That is the Southwest Shootout Poetry Slam that happened on Saturday at the Kimo Theater. It brought together the best of the slam poetry scene in ABQ and the region. This competition is a qualifier for the National Poetry Slam coming up in a couple months. There was so much talent in the room, and everyone brought their own style to the table.
Part of the event was hosted by my good friend and ABQ Poet Laureate, Hakim Bellamy.
In the competition there were individual poems and group poems as seen below.
There were poems that made you laugh hysterically, and there were personal poems that made you cry. But the unifying theme was that all the poets were raw and authentic.
Congratulations to the winners of the competition, but the thing about poetry is….everyone is a winner because its all about expression!
For more information about Slam Poetry in Albuquerque go to: http://www.abqslams.org/