And so we return to the Drake after a month's absence. While the audience numbers weren't the usual sold-out-ness, we were happy to see some amazing poets take the stage to drop the sickness.
A mix of vets and rookies comprised the first round, from Ritallin and POE and Eytan Crouton and Tanya reppin' the long-time poets, and Emilee and Jay and newcomers Shy and Ben holdin their own. Lots of classics from Ritallin/POE/Tanya, with Eytan dropping a few newbies, energizin the crowd with a piece on comedy vs. poetry.
The second round saw mostly veterans on stage, including two Guelph poets Truth Is... and Matthew Dryden. Definitely, Dryden's poem on his dad was Poem of the Night, but judges were crazy harsh (on everyone) and he didn't move on to the third. POE and Eytan and Emilee battled it out in the final round, and POE took it home with his classic Tell Me poem.
The feature was TPS Team alum Arianna Pozuolli and she did not disappoint! Performing only new poems, Arianna made us laugh and think long and hard about life's little moments, all wrapped up in her distinctive voice that made her such a strong presence in the Toronto poetry scene. Don't think anyone will soon forget her original take on socks.
We look forward to seeing all y'all at our Anything Goes Slam on May 26 at the Drake, featuring comedian Sarah Hennessy!