According to the Internets:
A poetry slam is a competition arts event, in which poets perform spoken word poetry before a live audience and a panel of judges…
According to Us:
It’s a community of some incredibly eclectic people who are sharing their hearts and minds on stage. The scores are a great gimmick to bring out new people and push us to excel but the community and new ideas we’re exposed to keep us coming back.
But What’s the Point of Competitive Poetry?
Oh you’re one of those pragmatic types who must understand why the wheel of time and space winds so ceaselessly through the night – devouring small children and all your favorite socks – and you could never be sated by something whimsical like “We just like hearing the hearts and minds of a generation absorbed through a sort of reverse exfoliation right into our brains on a late Saskatoon evening.”