I made it to the third round of the city slam championships!

Oh my!  My goal tonight was to not get cut in the first round (of four).  Not only did I not get cut in the first round, I came in 6th out of 10.  I advanced to the second round and placed 3rd out of 7!  Then I went on to the third round and came in 4th of 5!  Does that mean I’m #4 in the city?  Wow!  It was a great night, everyone was on their game, and the crowd had fabulous energy.  Damien Flores got the title (felicidades!) followed by Zachary Kluckman and Mercedes Holtry.  I’m just stoked to have been included on the stage with some of the poets I most admire in this super-talented city.  Today was a good day — buenas noches Burque!  🙂

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This too…

Sun set long ago
indigo twilight
rain falling like conversation
precise, round, insistent
solitary me
in the solitude of a song
patient under a tree
minutes like hours

If you wait long enough
the rain will pass.

Compacted dust softens to mud
mud yields and liquefies
unexpected deluge
landscapes shifting
rock faces crumbling
identities changed forever by the flood

If you wait long enough
the rain will pass.

Sobbing heart finally cracks
its sour juice oozes up
into throat
metallic and guarded
squeezing out of tearducts
in waterfalls of grief
certain their source is infinite
this ache permanent
this loss unsurvivable

If you wait long enough
the rain will pass.

© S. Rinderle, 2013

I made the city slam finals!

Hi!  Happy Friday the 13th!  Much to my surprise, I made the finals for the Albuquerque city slam championship and the chance to complete for a spot in the Individual World Poetry Slam in Spokane, WA!

Come out and root for me and my other fabulous competitors next Saturday, September 21, at ArtBar in downtown Albuquerque (Gold & 2nd).  Doors open at 6:30 and admission is $7 ($2 for club members, and under 21s permitted with parent or guardian).

This city’s slam poetry talent is super sick.  Sacrifice poets are local poetry giants Jessica Helen Lopez and David Maile, and event is hosted by the eminent Don McIver.  I share the competition stage with ridiculous poets like Sara Roman and Jesus Lucero — also local slam champs Brooke von Blomberg, Mercedez Holtry, Rich Boucher, Damien Flores, Zachary Kluckman, Emily Bjustrom, and Gigi Bella!

Not too bad for someone who’s only been slamming for a few months!  🙂

See you there!