One evening last week, a group of poets was sitting around an Uptown apartment trying to compose a limerick. Theirs was no mere idle versifying, though. They were, in fact, preparing to represent our great state in the National Poetry Slam, which descends on Minneapolis this week. For practitioners of competitive poetry, this annual blank-verse blitzkrieg is like the Masters and the Triple Crown rolled into one heady, weeklong campaign. Adding to the general pressure of the occasion, no one present seemed to have a precise idea what a limerick was. "It's like do-do-dee-do, right?" ventured Dessa Darling (known on her birth certificate as Maggie Wander), a dark-haired 21-year-old poet who moonlights on weekends as a face painter for children's... More >>>