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A few days ago Elocutionists received a huge helping of prize donations for an unnamed contest the likes and scale of which have never been seen on deviantART before. What is it, you ask?


It's a slam. A poetry slam. And it's Louder Than dA Bomb.



A poetry slam is a "no holds barred" spoken word competition. Poets are encouraged to alliterate, rhyme, shout, whisper, zing, compliment, parody, satirize, improvise, recite, quote, play with words and even sing if the opportunity arises.

For the longest time the Elocutionists team have wanted to hear the roaring voice of literature, and this month we don't want to hear just any spoken word for a chance at prizes— NO! We want to listen to a writer's passion, emotion, and drive to keep being who they are; their inspiration to keep writing as they will and we want to hear you question and define yourself; who you are; why you are; to what you are. We want you to slam the conventional rules of writing and go all out to evoke a feeling of understanding of who you are to others in your poem.

Our poetry slam, dubbed 'Louder Than dA Bomb', will be held during the month of May. No days fewer. No days more than that. You will have until May 31st 11:59 PM UTC to compose and record a slam poem.


Record? What do you mean record?



It means find the nearest source of equipment that will record your voice, be it a phone, video camera or a mic and start practicing— those prizes aren't going to earn themselves. As the two videos show below, slam poetry is more than just writing a poem. It's about crafting a performance.





While we'd prefer the entries to not have visuals and be audio only, we understand the disservice this does to the overall performance. Therefore, video entries are allowed on the basis that the poet records themself and only themselves performing their poem. We will not accept picture slideshows or anything else of the sort. Video submissions will still be scored as if they were audio only, however, to be fair to all participants. All entries must be between 1-3 minutes long. Please do not add music or any other sound effects besides what you can vocalize. No props or costumes will be tolerated on video entries.


Do I just write about anything?



No. There is a theme for this slam. I was quite serious when I said we'd like you to define 'who you are.' But we don't want to hear what you look like or what your favorite band is. We want to hear you express yourself on a level that adds a whole new dimension to your deviantART personality.

The theme is

Self-Identity




I like the theme! But I have no idea where to start?



Don't worry. The Elocutionists team will be giving their all to help anybody who needs it. Send a note to the group from our home page if you are unclear about any parts of the contest.

We'll be hosting a workshop chat event in our chatroom: #SpeakTheWords on the 18th free for anybody to attend. The focus of the event (held twice at two different times) will be to answer any questions about the contest or creating and performing a piece of slam poetry. There will also be opportunities for critique and feedback from Elocutionists readers. More information will be announced at a later date through Elocutionists and CRLiterature.


But how do I get the audio onto deviantART?



You don't. Currently deviantART doesn't really support audio files, so files will need to be hosted offsite at places like soundcloud.com or blogs that support audio players. Once you have done this, link the audio in the writer's comments of your literature deviation (you will need to submit the text of your slam poem to deviantART and to the Elocutionists' Louder Than dA Bomb gallery folder, which will be open shortly).


Rules



:bulletblue: Entries must follow the theme of Self-Identity and must be work written for this contest.
:bulletblue: Entries must be literature deviations containing the text of the slam poem with a link to where the audio can be heard.
:bulletblue: The performance of the slam poem must be between 1-3 minutes. If it is longer or shorter we will ask you to modify the poem.
:bulletblue: Video submissions are accepted (via a link to youtube in the writer's comments of the literature deviation) provided that the video shows the poet performing their piece.
:bulletblue: No music, props, costumes on any audio or video entries. While singing is allowed, it's allowed only in moderation and to illustrate points. We will not tolerate entirely sung pieces.
:bulletblue: Prize donors are allowed to enter the poetry slam as well.
:bulletblue: Entries must follow deviantART's rules for submitting literature.


How Judging Works



Judging will take place after the month of May has ended. Judging takes into account content, diction, but not how the poem is read on paper; rather, how the poem is performed. This means that even the most wonderful poem submitted can have an overall score that will suffer greatly if the poet rushes recording themselves and puts out a poor performance. It's important to take your time and practice your performance before submitting to the contest. Don't forget we will be hosting a chat event during May for the contest that will include feedback and critique!

Slam poetry has no set rubric for judging other than  a scale of 0-10. Judges are encouraged to give out the first and highest score they think of upon hearing the performance. Because of the lack of a rubric, judging works by dropping the lowest and highest scores and adding the three middle scores with the highest possible score being a 30. If someone scored the following:

8.9, 9.0, 9.2, 9.5, 10


then their score would look like this:

8.9, 9.0, 9.2, 9.5, 10


for a total of:

27.7


In the event of a tie for anybody who places, we will reach out to our volunteer judges to score the pieces.


Prizes



1st Place



:bulletwhite: 4500 points from Nichrysalis, DannyAnthony, Angelles-LaVeau, sincebecomeswhy, lombregrise, TheBrokenBride, SoulxMonkey, and xlntwtch

:bulletwhite: a feature from Nichrysalis, IrrevocableFate, rlkirkland, HuntingForHappiness, SadisticIceCream, vespera, DrippingWords, glossolalias, forestmeetwildfire, DannyAnthony, Wordeea, Hfeather53, FreeVersePoetry, ezradeacon, disrhythmic, AzizrianDaoXrak, and TheBrokenBride

:bulletwhite: a critique from HuntingForHappiness, SourAir, jskullly, imaginative-lioness, and neurotype

:bulletwhite: Choice between an ebook copy of either of juniorel's novels: TITAN MAGIC juniorel.deviantart.com/galler… or CHEMISTRY juniorel.deviantart.com/galler…

:bulletwhite: Ebook copy of In the Shadow of the Mountains: A Book of Lost Knowledge by QuiEstInLiteris quiestinliteris.com/lost-knowl…

:bulletwhite: Shane Koyczan's spoken word album Remembrance Year courtesy of Lucy-Merriman

:bulletwhite: Any number of ebooks through Amazon.com OR smashwords.com with an order total remaining under $20 USD courtesy of Nichrysalis


2nd Place



:bulletwhite: 2900 points from Nichrysalis, :devDannyAnthony,  Angelles-LaVeau, BeccaJS, lombregrise, xlntwtch, sincebecomeswhy, and riparii

:bulletwhite: a feature from Nichrysalis, IrrevocableFate, rlkirkland, HuntingForHappiness, SadisticIceCream, vespera, DrippingWords, glossolalias, lombregrise, forestmeetwildfire, DannyAnthony, Wordeea, Hfeather53, FreeVersePoetry, ezradeacon, disrhythmic, AzizrianDaoXrak, and TheBrokenBride

:bulletwhite: a critique from HuntingForHappiness, SourAir, imaginative-lioness, and jskullly

:bulletwhite: Choice between an ebook copy of either of juniorel's novels: TITAN MAGIC juniorel.deviantart.com/galler… or CHEMISTRY juniorel.deviantart.com/galler…

:bulletwhite: Ebook copy of In the Shadow of the Mountains: A Book of Lost Knowledge by QuiEstInLiteris quiestinliteris.com/lost-knowl…

:bulletwhite: Andrea Gibson's spoken word album Yellow Bird courtesy of Lucy-Merriman

:bulletwhite: Up to 2 ebooks through Amazon.com OR smashwords.com with an order total remaining under $15 USD courtesy of Nichrysalis


3rd Place


:bulletwhite: 1600 points from Nichrysalis, DannyAnthony, Angelles-LaVeau, lombregrise, and xlntwtch

:bulletwhite: a feature from Nichrysalis, IrrevocableFate, rlkirkland, HuntingForHappiness, SadisticIceCream, vespera, DrippingWords, glossolalias, lombregrise, forestmeetwildfire, DannyAnthony, Wordeea, Hfeather53, FreeVersePoetry, ezradeacon, disrhythmic, AzizrianDaoXrak, and TheBrokenBride

:bulletwhite: a critique from HuntingForHappiness, SourAir, imaginative-lioness,  and jskullly

:bulletwhite: Choice between an ebook copy of either of juniorel's novels: TITAN MAGIC juniorel.deviantart.com/galler… or CHEMISTRY juniorel.deviantart.com/galler…

:bulletwhite: Ebook copy of In the Shadow of the Mountains: A Book of Lost Knowledge by QuiEstInLiteris quiestinliteris.com/lost-knowl…

:bulletwhite: Saul Williams' spoken word and music album Volcanic Sunlight courtesy of Lucy-Merriman

:bulletwhite: Up to 2 ebooks through Amazon.com OR smashwords.com with an order total remaining under $15 USD courtesy of Nichrysalis


Honorable Mentions (2)



:bulletwhite: 150 points from sincebecomeswhy and Angelles-LaVeau

:bulletwhite: a feature from Nichrysalis, IrrevocableFate, rlkirkland, HuntingForHappiness, SadisticIceCream, vespera, DrippingWords, glossolalias, lombregrise, forestmeetwildfire, DannyAnthony, Wordeea, Hfeather53, FreeVersePoetry, ezradeacon, disrhythmic, and AzizrianDaoXrak

:bulletwhite: a critique from imaginative-lioness

:bulletwhite: 1 ebook through Amazon.com OR smashwords.com with an order total remaining under $5 USD courtesy of Nichrysalis




To further celebrate this event we will be giving away a 3 month sub to someone (or a person of their choice) to anybody who comments below answering the following questions.


Who are you to people around you?
Who are you to yourself?



The best of luck to everybody who enters!
The Elocutionists team.

A poetry slam is a "no holds barred" spoken word competition. Poets are encouraged to alliterate, rhyme, shout, whisper, zing, compliment, parody, satirize, improvise, recite, quote, play with words and even sing if the opportunity arises. The slam is open for the month of May and judging will commence in June. Don't rush your piece!
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:iconperfling:
Perfling Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Do you know when the results will be out? :D
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Soon. Hopefully within the week. I'm a bit disorganized at the moment. :)
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:iconperfling:
Perfling Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2013  Student General Artist
It's fine :) Was just curious!
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SpyderZT Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow... I love this idea... and I have absolutely 'No Idea' where to take it... yet. ;P As to the questions:

Who are you to people around you?
That depends on 'where' I am. In some circles I am Spyder Z, the Enforcer, Gamer, Manager, and Friendly Enough Guy. In others I am Matt, the Assistant, the Volunteer, the Reader, and the Quiet Guy. In still others I am a smiling, friendly face... names be darned. So it's very fluid.

Who are you to yourself?
I don't know. My stand by quote in this situation is "I am What and Who I am". This is a question I've been asking myself increasingly more as of late... (Which is why the idea of this competition excites me so. ;P)
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skippyfly Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
To those around me I am the mother hen who tends to stay the fly on the wall.

The Biggest fan I have is me, I love to read my poetry.
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Lewanut Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
To those around me, I'm the mystery they don't understand. To myself, I'm the mystery I don't understand.
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Writer
Oooooh! This is going to be fun to watch. I'm excited! I'll see if I can donate prizes, if you're still taking them. :D
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'd be glad to still take prizes, but we have quite the prize pool as it is. :)
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SurrealCachinnation Featured By Owner May 7, 2013   Writer
Is that a yes or a no? :giggle:
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 7, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's an "if you can at the moment." =P If you truly want to I won't stop you. :D
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Perfling Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
I've been thinking about this contest for a couple days and have had printouts of the prompt riding around in my pocket since I read it.. this is a tough one :)

Who are you to people around you?

I imagine I am someone people know they can come to and tell anything to. I'm a generally happy person, I enjoy people and get along with most everyone. I am artsy, always working on new pieces or paintings, always involved in some kind of music performance, entering art competitions, etc. I am also academic and take pride in it. I am well balanced and have solid future plans.


Who are you to yourself?</i>

I'm a mess, really. I'm all I said above with a bit of a hidden twist. People can come to me and tell me anything, and I actually feel self-purpose in helping others that way - double edged sword: it hurts when people won't tell me. I'm really a generally melancholy person that has learned that smiling can help you convince yourself you're happier than you are (I apologize for how sappy and sad this is getting, but I'm tired of putting up a front today - very emotional and don't have the energy to keep it up). I enjoy people and need them to stay happy, which is kind of sad I'm that dependent, and then I'm very conscious about what people think of me. I am always working on stuff, academic, and in various activities - and yes, I do enjoy them - but it's mainly to keep me busy and keep my mind away from too much inward reflection. I'm a balanced mess :)



Thanks for the rant.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm glad to hear you're working on an entry! It is meant to be a tough, yet broad theme.
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Perfling Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Whoops.. that part shouldn't have been bold -_-

sorry.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No worries!
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The-Night-Dreamer Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Student Writer
This idea, is just plain genius~ < 3 I'm totally looking forward to trying this.

Who are you to people around you?
It depends on where you know me from. Most of my school friends think I very quiet and subdued, calm, you know, that typical shy person. But my best friends and outside of school, it's almost the exact opposite.
Who are you to yourself?
I dunno, myself? I don't reflect on myself as a person much, I just sort of accept it as me, if that makes any sense. I am just a person going on my own ticker, who's life is still not yet determined, and's just floating around, trying to make sense of things.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Great to hear! :D
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Indigo-Serenade Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't often talk about myself. I keep my words on a shelf in a series of journals I swore I'd make time to write in. (Though I must say that the blank pages are more calming than the fighting.) But if you must know me beyond public boundaries, then I suppose I could put my two cents in.

So... here we go...

To the people around me, I'm a nutcase. A disgrace who walks the earth only to earn the worthiness to breathe. Yet I receive compliments daily when those insults don't quite ail me like they were intended to. As a public secret from me to you, I have to admit that where I sit in society isn't the best- and it's certainly because of my (non)pos(itive)ture, often how I rest.
There's little I do to earn affection in the face of discretion or aggression, and I'm often hated for it. As though bullies could be sated by enough tears, or if fears could be tallied on a board for when I'm actually bored enough to count them. People wonder why I mask myself, and all I say is that it's better to hit the ground once than twice.
From what I've seen, people don't understand me.
But I'm a bit odd, you see. And at least I like me.

For when I look at myself, I see someone worth living for. And no matter how many times someone closes the door on me, my proverbial "insanity" makes me knock again. (Or pick the lock when I have no other choice.)
But if Shane can shout out "This is my voice!" and change the world, could I perhaps do the same?
It's not that I want to build a name for myself; I really don't. I won't be able to. But if you're asking, my life is a fable composed of oddities on the outside and sorrows through the rest. And at best, on those days when I believe I'm someone worth living for, I'll keep smiling while I'm put down.

There's no common ground for how people see me- some take my eccentrics like a delicacy, and I'm showered with praise for the change I've brought to their lives. Others take me like the plague and dare not to breathe for fear of catching the disease that is my company.

But if I could let you into my mind for just a moment, you'd find very little about me. I'm like an alphabetical list stretching from A to Z but skipping details along the way. And some nights when I feel like crying, I pay for that.

So how badly do you want to know me? Are you here to see a list of hobbies, like apples on a tree falling to teach how much gravity it takes to depress you literally?

I won't subject you to that. But if we could switch roles here, if, perhaps, I could see
what you thought, I think I'd ask you "How do you see me?"
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kirafaclaws22 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:squee: I've been looking for a poetry slam for AGES. I can't tell you how excited I am:)
I have a question though. Does the poem have to be direct, or can the self-identity theme be kind of hidden? I'm not very good with direct poems. And we can post it on YouTube as long as the video shows only us performing the poem, right?
Now to the responses...
Who are you to people around you?
To all the people who don't know me, I'm just one of the "emo" kids. But to my friends, I'm a crazy hyperactive girl who doesn't know when to shut her trap, but I'll always listen when someone has a problem.
Who are you to yourself?
A mess-up. A mistake. A waste of potential. I don't have a very high view of myself. I try to think about others more than myself.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It can be hidden, so long as the theme is what is driving the piece. Slam isn't always direct, it can be subtle. And yes to your second question!

I'm glad you found a slam to be a part of, it's been a while since I was part of one, let alone organized one. :P
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kirafaclaws22 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah ok, thanks:3
I'm really happy too. At the beginning of this semester in school, my English class did a poetry slam and I liked it so much that I started writing at least one poem a day, with hopes of finding a poetry slam:3
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reflectionsinwater Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This does sound fun. I do have a few questions:

1. Is this individual?(as in not a collaborative entry)
2. Can I submit more than one entry?

Hm... and the responses:

Who are you to people around you?

Someone reliable(-ish), trying to do everything to help them (albeit often failing at it XD). But someone who tries very hard, and a bit hard, is a bit tense, nervous and slightly insane at times going about his fantasies, although I rarely get angry at people and try to help to calm or find solutions for them.

Who are you to yourself?

I feel like a wannabe. I am able to do so many things, but not well enough, and that just kills me. I feel a bit of a egocentric maniac that just needs more attention and then subsequently going off and go ranting off about how bad this is and blah blah blah. That pisses me off because I frequently push people away because of that, but I know that I will always be there for my family and friends if they need.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
It's individual. One entry only. Our priority is quality, and we want people to spend time on their piece to submit and not rush it.
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HuntingForHappiness Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wow. This is definitely gonna be a hard one, if I can at all.

The questions, on the other hand, are a bit more manageable:

Who are you to people around you?
To people around me, I am the shy and quiet one who, despite seeming a bit off, has a heart of gold and a lot to give, if only he'd realize it. I'm the one who gives as much of himself as he can, but takes in equal measures. I'm the one who could do so much better if he'd just stop hiding. I'm the one who has so much still to figure out. And despite my many flaws, I'm one of the strong ones.

That's what people tell me, anyway.

Who are you to yourself?
To be honest, I'm pretty much a scared child. Scared of hurting people I love, people I don't love, people I hate. Not so scared of hurting myself, if it's to achieve the ends of protecting others from me. Despite my brokenness, though, I'm a person who tries to give whenever he can, and take only what he needs. I'm the person who flees from the darkness rather than sprinting to the light. On the other hand, there's a deep optimism in me; a belief that, if I'm good enough, I can make the world maybe just a little less scary. Oscar Wilde said optimism is born from sheer terror, and I think that's a good quote to sum up my essence; because I really am optimistic, it's just that there's always another layer to it.

That was wordy, but then that's another part of who I am: the one who either talks too much, or not at all.
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Pauper-Circumstance Featured By Owner May 3, 2013
This is very interesting! Great work coming up with an extremely intriguing contest. I've never seen anything like it. I'll try to participate if I have time. :D Still, some wonderful ingenuity here. :clap:
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
What a killer contest. :faint: I'm so gonna try to take part. If nothing else, I can't wait to hear what people come up with. I'm loving all the audio poetry going around. :thumbsup:


Who are you to people around you?
To people around me, I'm the peace-keeping calm person that makes people breathe before flipping the hell out. I'm the blunt girl that doesn't hold back for feelings' sake and am sometimes misinterpreted for that, but generally appreciated.


Who are you to yourself?
I'm a confused person with chaos of my own lodged in my head, that I tend to maintain with poetry rather than leaning on others. I'm well aware of my faults, but content with myself in the general sense, because I've come by my ways honestly and without regret.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I'm ecstatic about all the poetry being performed on deviantART, it's great to see poets branching out and showing we are not quiet and keep to ourselves, and literally want to be heard. :D
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FuzzyHoser Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, for sure. It seemed like it was getting kinda quiet around here for a while and then the audio poetry made a big BOOM. Now there's even more branching out into various stylings, as you mentioned, and it's just bringing this place alive again. :woohoo:
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:excited:
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Missvirginia Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
Hello!

Your contest has been found and is to be added to our listings at #AnotherContestGroup, a group dedicated to giving contest hosts a place for their contests to be seen and users a place to find them. This listing should appear within a day if not earlier.I hope you get some fine entries. :aww:

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Let us know if you change your deadline or cancel your contest so we can keep our records up to date. :aww:

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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Very well.
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forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My mic died on me and I'm not the best at acting/talking (seriously) so I'm going to skip out on this, though it sounds like such a cool contest! What an original idea :) and good timing too, as I'm seeing more and more poetry with links to recordings in them!

Who are you to people around you?
I am the klutz, both physically and mentally (I have dumb brunette moments) who likes to make silly jokes that makes everyone laugh even if they're really lame. Now that I think about it, in my circle of friends (a group of smart nerdy people) I am practically the class clown, and probably the least intelligent out of all of them (to be fair though, they are all extremely smart :noes:) but I think that's what makes me an important part of the group - I lighten the mood, bring everyone back down to earth. I am comic relief. I am the kind of person who is totally unnoticeable until you get to know me. My voice is too quiet to be heard when others are talking, but when the talking settles, I fill the room. That's when I start getting in your face.

Who are you to yourself?
Goodness, what a difficult question. Part of who I am to myself is who I am to my friends (see above), but the other part of me is something that only I know. A private me. A person who is terribly shy around anyone she doesn't know very well, who refuses to admit that she has a terrible temper and that she needs to learn how to let people in, especially family, and who is scared to grow up and have responsibilities. Who am I to myself? I am a collection of flaws, but that's what makes me proud of who I am.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I have to second *Blacksand459, it sounds like you are both very articulate and intelligent (and I'd be intrigued to see an entry from you in the slam).
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forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe, thank you! :)
Eh, I'm not very good at the whole speaking thing though. Public speaking in English class was probably the worst day of the year for me, lol.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Public speaking isn't my thing either. But knowing that my writing can have an effect on people when it's performed is enough to motivate me.
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You sound like a cool, humorous, modest, articulate and very intelligent lady who is humble enough to admit she is flawed like everyone else is. :)
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forestmeetwildfire Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:blushes: Well thank you! Geez, you make me sound way awesomer than I am.
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
You're most welcome! :D
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Who am I to people around me?
    I'm the receipts from unpaid dreams that were bought with their money.
    I'm a caricature of masculinity, chained to a broken body.
    I'm someone's reason for getting up today.
    I'm a good time on a Saturday afternoon, playing cards and telling jokes.
    I'm someone's physical legacy...the bastard child of their decisions and my reactions.
    I'm a friendly neighbor.
    I'm a member of loved one's prayer lists
    I'm a fool.
    I'm a relic.
    I'm a religious fanatic.
    I'm a poet some enjoy.
    I'm a brother and a best friend.


Who am I to myself?
    I'm a blood-bought believer in Jesus Christ, my Savior and King.
    I'm intelligence that lives in a box of old waltzes, swaying to a big band only I can hear.
    I'm the laughter of 1980s comedians.
    I'm a thorn bush of fear.
    I'm a palette of the deepest hues and shades.
    I'm a wanderer.
    I'm one who ponders things.
    I'm the fashion heir of 1970s used car salesmen.

    I'm the guy that proudly wears his John Deere cap to Buddy Guy's Blues Club in Chicago, and ends up with autographed CDs and pictures with each of the members.

    I'm eccentric enough to know who and what: Erte, Basia, The Keelmen of Tyne and Wear, Bosch P-pumps, cant hooks, inter-differential crosslocks, The Hundred Rolls, and a Para Vintage Tawny all are, and appreciates them.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
A fantastic reply. :clap:
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Blacksand459 Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you kindly. :bow:
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electricjonny Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Heh I took a slam poetry class in high school. I'm no poet (and no I don't want to try ;P), but I've heard some very awesome slam poets there.

This is a recording of one friend of mine from that high school class, and I really like the performance [link]
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Student Writer
Think I might have to try this. I've always been intrigued by slam poetry.

Also... people tend to see me as outspoken and unafraid of anything, but I tend to see myself as that girl who says stuff she shouldn't because she's not thinking. I need to become more mindful.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe that quality will come in handy? :eyes:
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SkysongMA Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Student Writer
I should hope so.
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ninquetari Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
It sounds like a very interesting contest! Defining oneself is quite intriguing.

A few questions, though:
1. Is the contest limited to group members?
2. Is it limited to English?
3. Is there any consideration of one's native language, when not being a native English speaker?



Who are you to people around you?
The basic identity is based on relations, all else . Therefore: I'm a daughter and a sister, as well as a grandaughter, niece and cousin. I'm a student of some, an instructor for others, and maybe even a mentor for few. I'm a friend in various degrees. I'm the person that says hello. I'm a stranger.
Who are you to yourself?
A multi-layered person who tries to figure out many of them, in order to become a better person.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
1. Yes, you'll need to be a member of the group in order to submit to the contest folder. Which in turn, will help us keep track of entries. But becoming a member is simple when you only need to click join. :)

2. Yes it is. Though the group itself welcomes different languages (and has a lot of French work in the group's gallery), we tend to be an English-oriented group.

3. This question hadn't popped up yet, I don't think, but it is an important one. I would say that yes, there would be some consideration of their native language if they mention their relationship to English in the writer's comments. This is part of the reason why we want the text along with the audio, so that the judges and everybody involved can follow along if needed.
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ninquetari Featured By Owner May 2, 2013
1+2. Very well.

3. Sounds reasonable. Thank you for considering it.
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Nichrysalis Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
No problem! :)
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Astrikos Featured By Owner May 2, 2013   General Artist
Who are you to people around you?
I try to be friendly and welcoming, as well as mostly positive.
Some people say I'm funny. However, I'm guarded and good at smiling when I don't feel like smiling.

Who are you to yourself?
I am not as positive, and paranoid.
My escape is music, and I think about things a lot.
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