The following article appeared in the Impartial Reporter 16.10.14. It is a report of the recent Slam where our very own John D Kelly took third place. The article was accompanied by a photograph of the winner, the runner-up and John D. A lack of computer savvy does not allow me to post that photo here but we do have one of our own.
“ENNISKILLEN RAISES THE
BAR AT POETRY SLAM”
“THE North West heat of the All Ireland Poetry Slam, recently held in Blakes Of The Hollow, Enniskillen, was won by Leitrim poet, Stephen Murphy. After thanking all the other entrants and congratulating the runner-up on the day, the quirkily named Maximum Homosapiens, and third placed John D Kelly, Stephen said he was looking forward to representing the North West Cross Border Region in the Final which will be held in Kilkenny in November.
Some claim that the poetry form known as slamming developed in recent years in the USA, others believe that its roots are much older and found elsewhere.
Nevertheless, Poetry Slams today usually consist of two rounds of competition. Poets must deliver their own original poems in three minutes or under without any additional accompa- niment. Not every poet makes it through to round two. Prizewinners and the champion are chosen from those who do.
Slam host, Frank Rafferty, stated that the standard set this year in Enniskillen by each poet and their poetry had given the judges a very difficult task.
The judges included local artist Diane Henshaw and local performer Patricia Martinelli.
Mr. Rafferty extended his thanks to all 16 entrants and to the wonderful, Enniskillen crowd
who had come along on the day to support live poetry.”