April 16 was the last WordUp meeting before the Louder Than A Bomb finals on Saturday, April 18. This was a moment the students and the tutors/coaches had been working toward since their first meeting back in October.
While most of the students came to talk about poetry, the focus of the meeting was getting Lacy Robinson ready for the finals and working with Tyrese Adams who will be the sacrificial poet.*
After WordUp is over and the room has nearly emptied, Lacy Robinson performs his new poem for Elese Daniels and Zohair Hussain.
Hussain has worked personally with Lacy all year. Watching them work together, one can tell the two have a lot of trust in each other. Hussain wants Lacy to perform the best he can and gives him constructive criticism.
Lacy listens to what his coach has to tell him, but he doesn’t always agree, which is just fine.
Also supporting Lacey is his girlfriend and fellow WordUp poet, Da’sia Clendenning. She watches Lacy practice his poem and you can see her mouthing the words to his poem.
“I’ve seen you perform this poem so many times,” Da’sia said after Lacy recited his poem for the tutors, “and this time was my favorite.”
Lacy has a good chance to win the Louder Than A Bomb competition so we will find out this Saturday.
* The sacrificial poet is invited to perform by the poetry slam host to warm up the mic. This poet is given a score by the judges to help calibrate their judging but the score does not count in the competition.