Finally, finally, finally! After a short and sweet spotlight from the much-missed April Ranger, on the just-about-one-year anniversary of the birth of the famous “Ed! Ed! Ed!” chant, the awesomely cynical and tenderly heartbreaking Ed Wilkinson took the stage for a full set of all-new work. Ed took us on an astronomical, mathematical, and (surprise!) personal journey in a set of linked poems unveiled especially for this night. What a beautiful, honest, and emotional journey; we mark ourselves lucky to call Ed our own on so many Wednesday nights.
The speed slam was short a couple of poets, with just a six-person roster competing for the ten-dollar prize, but we enjoyed some great moments throughout, including a shining introduction to long-time Mill City poet Ricky Ormg. The night’s big winner, though, was Nathan Comstock, who grabs one of the last three spots for the 2014 World Qualifier Speed Slam next month.