The title of Blue Mountains Slam Champion last night (Thursday 16th June) went to newcomer 15 year old Chloe Humphrys for her poem Youth, a spirited and brilliant examination of how it feels to be young and on the brink of entering the adult world. Chloe, a student at St Columba’s High School, delivered her poem with assured ‘Slam’ confidence and perfect timing at the Australian Poetry Slam heat in Katoomba Library in front of over 100 audience members.
Second prize went to local Lewis-Alan Trathen for Sunlit. Lewis, a poet and spoken-word performer, has been slamming for over two years and was a finalist in the 2015 NSW Poetry Slam so the audience was treated to a skilled and electrifying performance.
Overall, in this thrilling yet uncompromising and off-beat competition – where poets must perform their own, original work in front of a live audience for strictly two-minutes or risk penalty – the fourteen competitors enthralled the audience with tales of love-lost, messages to God, skin, Tetrus, eye-pochondria and much more.
But the evening’s highlight was a chance to catch performances from last year’s Slam Champ, Philip Wilcox, and experience the reason why he and other Slam poets continue to draw audiences and advance the standing of poetry and poets from around Australia.
Both Blue Mountains winners will now advance to the Australian Poetry Slam’s State Finals later this year.