This convo is interesting to me and one that I was just having with the poetry community where I live, most of you know but, I have recently relocated to Sydney Australia, it is interesting because they just had their national competition and crowned the number 1 poet (in Australia). The competition is open to anyone, therefore if say Rudy was visiting me in Sydney he could have competed in a state heat, stayed a couple more weeks and then competed in nationals and won.
So I understand what Scott and others are saying, but I kinda feel what Big poppa E is saying as well, as to the ‘arrogance’ of it.
So if the criteria for it being a valid (world) event is that anyone is welcome to compete, then they have that going on here as well, The actual winner of the state finals in Sydney was an American guy from Houston who is here for medical school.
The funny thing is the winner does not call themselves the number One poet in the world, they call themselves the number One poet in Australia.
Even tho you don’t have to be an aussie to win it.
If PSI was an internationally governed org, they set up shop in all the countries that had slams, they promoted locally in these countries, they moved the event to a different city throughout the world each year, then yes I think the title (individual world poetry slam) works.
To invite some people from other countries to compete in our American event…not so much
In the grand scheme of things, do I care and think the name should change - meh
Should we do more to make it a world event - meh
(having planned an iwps, we have plenty to focus on with our current set-up, before we even think about a global slam)
Just my penny with a hole in it