Iambic Pentathalon

The poetry of the game of poetry

Tannahill's last effort was perhaps his weakest, and it was soon clear that Wann, along with Ennis, Nettifee and Suntup, would be going to Chicago.

If it did some of the old-timers' hearts good to see poets with their priorities in order, the good feelings were short-lived. Ennis announced that Chicago would be his last slam.

"I hated this slam because I really wanted to win, and I found myself hoping the other people would score low," he said. "I hated that. Competition is psychotic. But I guess I'm going to Chicago."

And, sadly, once again modern angst infected modern poetry as yet another poet admitted to playing for himself instead of for the love of the game.

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