IT'S BAAAAAAC KUH!
The original themed-round poetry slam returns! This time, the team captains will be determined by the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th place positions after The Grand! Slam! with the Grand! Slam! Poet! Laureate! taking the month off and serving as sacrifice poet for the bout, with a poem that fits the categories of Rounds 1, 2, and 4. Three poets get picked from a mound to join one of four teams! Each team will have four poets, including the team captains!
Round 1: #GhazalsOverEverything! All ghazal round! If you don't know what a ghazal is or have one in your arsenal, GOOGLE THE FORM AND WRITE ONE.
Round 2: The Legend! / Dairy! Round! In tribute to The Milk Bar and The Milk District, all poems must be about legendary figures, things, or places -- real or imaginary, living or deceased, and / or dairy products!
Round 3: #BeneathTheCovers! A special COVER POEMS ONLY round n which all poets sent up by their team get a special 3:20 time limit! The catch is (gasp!) ALL COVERS MUST BE MEMORIZED! Cover poems read off a source (paper, notebook, phone, et cetera) as well as poem performed by their original author earn the poet and their team a score of zero for the round! Spoken word covers of song lyrics and Rap verses allowed and encouraged!
Round 4: #EkphrasisOverEverything! All ekphrasis round! If you don't know what an ekphrasis poem is or have one in your arsenal, GOOGLE THE FORM AND WRITE ONE. All forms of ekphrasis accepted: Songs, recordings, paintings, photographs, statues, architecture, music videos, clips and footage, et cetera!
As always, 1 extra seasonal point will be given to those individuals who perform poems that can be sent up in multiple rounds (Ekphrastic ghazals that are also Legend! / Dairy!) Cover poems that fit the criteria of all rounds will award the poet who recites them a whopping 4 points towards the season! Group-pieces are allowed and encouraged, including in the cover round! For the cover round, the performing poet may cover the work of another competitor or even one of their team-mates, but group-covers CANNOT include the poem's original author, not even on beatbox in a group-piece. (The idea is that poets tribute each other.)
While the team captains will be determined by the results of The Grand! Slam!, ALL POETS ON THE MOUND MUST PRESENT EVIDENCE THAT THEY ATTENDED THE ORLANDO FRINGE FESTIVAL IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE. This may include a Fringe button, tickets to a Fringe show, or proof of visiting The Poetry Vending Machine -- either as a customer or volunteer author. Any poets who wish to hop on the mound unable to present evidence of their attendance at The Orlando Fringe Festival must receive a co-sign from three other poets willing to confirm that they were there. (Basically, if you want to slam in this event, go to The Fringe Fest.)
EVERYONE GET WRITING. YOU HAVE A MONTH.
AIRHORNS. GODZILLA NOISE.