Honey, you'll need a thicker skin than that if you're going to throw your hat into the ring in the vicious and bloody world of full contact poetry.i have the feeling of being censored at my old mans funeral.
I don't think that was anyone's criticism of it.Its not all angry prophets shaking fists at the sky.
My original post was responding to the very first post in this thread but that person was saying that if you're not a POC or LGBTQ or angry at society as a whole that there is no room for you in slam. Which isn't true. That's why I made the comment i did which, this far down, is highly out of place. I commented in the wrong spot.
If you can't be highly idealistic when you're 22, when can you be?:) I don't know that much about Slam Poetry and I'm way out of every loop. But last year I read about the work of Kate Tempest, an english playwright/poet and had a listen and a read.Her work is available in book form and Audio.The very thing I admire about her (apart from the great poetry) is her passion and fire. She has a new one this year called Let Them Eat Chaos.A) Slam poetry started with an intentional justice/agenda bent. Its highly idealistic...] [... The guys who host the night I regularly attend perform pieces on Shakespeare and hip-hop, or cooking a meal for the women they love. Its not all angry prophets shaking fists at the sky.
I think you summarized this very well and I commend you for it. The problem is that I disagree with you about it not being true. If slam exists today, I have to assume I would have to listen to endless Black Lives Matter poems. And I just don't want to be lectured that way -- especially because most of the poems would suck. If I could go to an event where I would hear an angry poem half as good as Howl, I might go back. That is an angry poem that truly worked -- and I am not a Ginsberg or Beat fan. The thing is, that poem is not a lecture. It's a statement.