While watching and learning from the array of voices that will be participating (72 poets! Seventy-two!) is the most appealing aspect of this tournament, the competitive side of me has been spending evenings on You Tube, checking out the competition.
I came across this poem, which I have watched again and again. While Albanian poet Gypsy Yo will not be competing in this years competition, she has featured three times in the Top 12 between 2009 and 2011, twice winning second place. This poem provides some insight as to why.
What I like best about "Autobiography" is Gypsy's ability to weave many many stories into one narrative, and to range from quiet contemplation into passionate despair and back again within a few lines.
Kingdoms are built on my shoulder blades
and wars are fought in my womb