OOOOOF! We thought last week’s first semi bout was fire – this was just as amazing! The six competing poets included two poets new to slam and four veterans: Alyesha, Shyla, Rudy, Saint, Myron, and Tevin. And all gave amazing performances.
The DPL audience was familiar with the work these poets put up on stage due to watching them in the past qualifiers, and before that, on the open mic. Still, the audience was eager to see the group pieces. The group pieces are always a highlight of any DPL adult slam event. These pieces are special because the semifinalists are randomly paired with one another for the writing and performing of the piece.
There was much anxiety in the air, as the poets did their best to take the stage and come correct and prepared. Regardless, all the poets gave it their all. The judges handed out a few 10s throughout the night. There was some yelling of chuuch praises – yes, CHUUCH not church. Before a poet was about to spit, some people were shouting OOOF! and DONT BE NICE! Well, actually not some people, just our staffer, Edwin. He was shouting it out, channeling the audience’s energy and handing it to the poet about to go in!
After a tense but amazing bout, Alyesha, Shyla, and Saint moved on to the finals. Rudy, who qualified by taking third, decided to not continue in the competition.
And that’s how it goes down – Alyesha, Shyla, and Saint join Kito Fortune, Aman, and Yesika as finalists. They slam on April 19th for the five coveted spots on the DPL Slam team that will compete in Decatur, GA at the 2016 National Poetry Slam.
DPL Finals will be a ticketed event and ALWAYS sells out, so get ready and stay tune!