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By Tieresias on Saturday, July 4, 1998 - 02:57 pm:
    i am the voice inside your head
    i am the lover in your bed
    i am the sex that you provide
    i am the hate you try to hide

    i speak religion's message clear
    i am denial guilt and fear
    i am the prayers of the naive
    i am the lie that you believe

    i am the needle in your vein
    i am the high you can't sustain
    i am the pusher i'm a whore
    i am the need in you for more

    i am the bullet in the gun
    i am the truth from which you run
    i am the silencing machine
    i am the end of all your dreams

    i take you where you want to go
    i give you all you need to know
    i drag you down i use you up
    can you guess who i am?

By Martin on Wednesday, July 8, 1998 - 07:44 pm:
    Uh--an open-mike-nightmare?

    (now that's a redundant phrase)

By Starchy on Wednesday, July 8, 1998 - 09:53 pm:
    Open mic nightmares... reminds me of the time I almost got lynched by a mob of angry poets. It was so simple - I just read the following:

    The Boston Poet

    You aren't Allen Ginsberg
    Even Burroughs has sold out
    Stop reading so much Kerouac
    Crack is in and smack is out

    You bombard me with your politics
    But still say nothing new
    Use words like "fuck" to shock us
    (the only way we'll listen to you)

    You found God, found equality, found horse in a rusty spike
    Found love, found the clitoris, found money and threw it away
    Now please go and find some talent
    Or perhaps even something to say

By Asia on Thursday, July 9, 1998 - 11:28 am:
    hahahahahahah. i was a writing and literature major in college, and as such was forced to read and attend around a jillion poetry readings and slams and open mikes all over the place. and the one thing everyone had in common was this WAY of reading...it was like wordswordswordsWORDSwordswordsBREATHBREATHBREATH

    god-that made me insane. ditto for things like 'i am your woman/your slave/your bitch/your whore/you engulf me with your penis/blah blah blah'.

    people took themselves SO SERIOUSLY.

By Martin on Thursday, July 9, 1998 - 01:06 pm:
    Shouldn't that be "take" rather than "took"?

    <smile, wink>

    yeah, it's a drag; sometimes there'll be a good writer who is a terrible reader. Most people at slam-reading-open mike things aren't exactly seasoned performers. Or writers, come to think of it.

    "you engulf me with your penis"(!?) made me laugh out loud. Good one, Asia.

By Starchy on Thursday, July 9, 1998 - 02:26 pm:
    I entered a slam once.

    I got last place in the very first round.

    I had heard all the judges read before.

    I was very proud of myself.

By Martin on Thursday, July 9, 1998 - 04:19 pm:
    is that a "poem"?

By Kelsey on Thursday, July 9, 1998 - 05:12 pm:
    when i go to slams,
    i always bring something good,
    to throw at the geeks.

    there's my poetry slam poem. now you know why i have never entered one.

By Blindswine on Thursday, July 9, 1998 - 06:50 pm:
    i think that was trent reznor.

    next time he comes in remind me to kick him in the neck.

    that oughtta give him something to whine about.

By Indrid on Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - 07:33 am:

    "Mr. Self Destruct"
    By Nine Inch Nails (Trent Reznor)

By agatha on Tuesday, November 5, 2002 - 07:02 pm:

    damn, what an embarrassing post. that was a long time ago.


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