The "I hate slam poets/poems, slam sucks" poem.Okay, then, why are you here doing that poem?
The "Life is like a video game" poem
The "life was so much more awesome when we were innocent/kids" poem
Whitey beat boxing to connect with people of color (my favorite to pick on)
NOT poems "this poem is not blahblahblah" okay, then what is it?
I've been thinking a lot recently about a conversation with Tony Brown at IWPS in Charlotte which focused on the repetition of certain themes.No doubt, it can be unnerving to be in what my team has come to refer to as "the rape room," where it feels like you're being bludgeoned all over again through shock and trauma, poem after poem about rape, incest, abuse, and as a listener, how it has an opposite effect of numbing at worst, or impatience with waiting to hear for the lines to illuminate the subject in a new way.
Tony's discussion centered around slam as a microcosm, and how if you take it that way, right
as your ears get tired, take a deep breath and think about how we hear the same themes over and over again in part because what
the people are talking about is so prevailing and if we're to be the voices for the voiceless, there's a lot on the same theme because so many can relate to it.
Just remember to take that in, I guess, is all I'm saying.
Then pass me my bingo card.