« on: March 02, 2012, 12:49:51 PM »
2) There has been a lot of talk regarding the possibility of PSI events being held within a limited number of host cities. How do you feel about this idea? Are your for or against it? Explain your position.
For many years, I was against PSi grounding events. This was purely a selfish decision. I have been able to travel to cities I never likely would have travelled to all b/c of poetry. More specifically b/c PSi holds 3 yearly events in various cities around the world yearly.
I have given more thought to this possibility over the last 2 years. I see the merit in both grounding the events and continuing to have them rotate yearly. There are pros and cons for each.
I think it would be easier to ground the smaller events than NPS. NPS requires a great deal and I think it would be hard to find a city willing to host it for an extended period of time.
HOWEVER I am willing to do what is in the best financial interest of PSi. It seems like at this point in our 25 year history of slam, that grounding our events might be more beneficial.
"To enhance the perception of literary merit and legitimacy of performance poetry as an art form."
What the above mean to you? Do you believe that we are currently successful in the enhancement of perceived literary merit and legitimacy of performance poetry? If not, what do you, as a member of the EC, hope to do in order to further this process? Or, for incumbents, what do you see as roadblocks to achieving further literary merit for our art form? Can you propose a way to circumvent these roadblocks within your next term?
To me the article is pretty straight forward. PSi wants to show the "world" that performance poetry is a legitimate art form and should be respected as such.
I think PSi has done this by providing 3 national level poetry events yearly. They have established rules for each event that attempt to include the "best" performance poets around the world. The events include workshops that serve to further enhance the writing and performance of those participating and also the community in which the events are held. Another way PSi does this is by mandating that certified/registered slam venue under their purview have 6 slams per season & that their team is not hand selected. There are set guidelines and rules which serve to add legitimacy.