übersetzt von Etrit Hasler und Florian Vetsch
As Dr. Willie used to say,
We are gathered here today
because we are not gathered somewhere else today,
and we don't know what we're doing
so you do
the Purpose of SLAM!
being to fill your hungry ears
with Nutritious Sound/Meaning Constructs,
Space Shots into Consciousness
known hereafter as Poems, and
not to provide a Last Toehold
for Dying Free Enterprise Fuck 'em for a Buck'em Capitalism'em.
We disdain competition
and its ally war
and are fighting for our lives
and the spinning of poetry's cocoon of action
in your dailiness.
We refuse to meld the contradictions
But will always walk the razor
for your love.
"The best poet always loses"
is no truism of SLAM!
but is something for you to take home with you
like an image of a giant condor leering over
a salty rock.
we must destroy ourselves
in the constant reformation that is this very moment,
and propel you to write the poems
as the poets read them,
urge you to rate the judges as they trudge to their solitary and lonely numbers,
and bid you
dance or die between sets.