Bro Said: Well put.
Zork: I dig the Slam-as-family concept. We certainly can be dysfunctional.
Shaggy: I must admit, I didn't like your slam at first. It ain't for the ambitious or faint of heart. But it is fucking fun. But those were the short sighted days of my slam youth. You can't help but assume what slam SHOULD BE or IS when you first start slamming. I think those of us who are wiser and experienced and not jaded or cynical (YET) need to emphasis to new slammers this absolute to save some heart ache and disillusionment:
Since slam is a game played with poetry, when the judges pick a winner whether they realize it or not - they're NOT picking the best poet, or even one of the best poets, or nearly the best poet. They're picking the poet who played the better game that night