|May. 27th, 2007 @ 10:04 am Lessons that should be learned before judging a poetry slam at the Orlando International Fringe Fest|
|1.You know NOTHING about me.|
2.Stay awake while listening.
3.Listen while listening.
4.Giving someone a 10 does not give you the license to be a racist, offensive, insensitive son of a bitch (I apologize to your mother, I'm sure she's a wonderful person, it's just too bad she bore such a shame to her family.)
5.Living in a rich, white town does not give you the right to be an idiot. I know many well-to-do, white individuals. ALL INTELIGENT PEOPLE.
6.Giving someone a 4 does not mean you must compensate by providing the audience with a witty comment belittling a poet, listener, HUMAN BEING, animal, plant, fungus, bacteria, or protozoan. You are drunk. And NOT funny.
7.Claiming a relative has the very disease you publicly mock (which the last poem addresses), does not fucking fly. May you live a long life suffering from every disease imaginable.
8.Before criticizing an individual's appearance, look in the fucking mirror (not to be criticizing you, I believe everyone to be beautiful. I'm just saying-)
9.Appreciate art, love, life and knowledge above your beer.
10.If you like a poet, buy a chapbook (This is not necessary, I just highly suggest it)