It was a cross-dimensional throw down across time and space, with superheroes, monsters, magical warriors, superintelligent machines and more duking it out for Metaphoric Supremacy, but in the end, it came down to one titanic tussle: Los Angeles poet Rick Lupert's Kermit the Frog vs. Orange County, California poet Jaimes Palacio's King Kong.
And in the end, it was easy being green.
That's right, Rick Lupert has won his third round of #FantasyPoetrySlam in a row, leading #TeamMuppetTheater – which comprised himself, Providence poet Ryk McIntyre and Worcester poet Chris Reilley – to triumph over their opponents with a whopping score of 272! In the individual rankings, Lupert was the overall winner with 257 points!
Coming in with a valiant third place was #TeamMandalor, representing a galaxy far, far away. New York's G. Kagan Trenchard and Michigan's Scott Beal turned out two of the most highly regarded and praised poems of the bunch, with Trenchard scoring 53 points – third place overall – for their exploration of “The Mandalorian” as a trans allegory, and Beal taking 22 points for his portrait of a stormtrooper wondering, “Maybe those WERE the droids we were looking for?” The Force was definitely with this duo!
Game of Thrones, Stephen King and Eternia!