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Spoken Word Spots and Poets
Anonymous
11 years ago
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Everyone is pretty much located somewhere else...so if you all know of some cool places to check out...hot artist their etc. We can post it here.
11 years ago
I come from england, live in the states now, but an english cat i like would be Benjamin Zephaniah, dope Vegan rasta compositions. Peace, Barry.
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Watch out for this cat
11 years ago
www.qswon.com I have seen A WHOLLLLLEEE LOT of spoken word artist. This cat is out of Atlanta and is truly original.
Being Honest
11 years ago
Lately, I do not feel the spoken word scene. In Chicago, where I am, there are so many spoken word groups I feel like I'm in Greenwhich Village somewhere. And most of them suck. Spoken Word, it seems is based on performance, illiteration, being able to entertain the listener, first and foremost. I prefer poetry and the real poets I've been around, sound, talk and read nothing like spoken word artists. And I have found many people who "write" spoken word, know little about constructing poetry or even the simipliest literary terms. How many times do I have to hear the word "mango" during an erotic spoken word slam; or the same tired cliches about Y.T., when poets think they are being militant; or see a female spoken word artists break into a mad scream, to illustrate her "pain." To me words, strong words, powerful, nourishing, loving inspiring words stand on their own. No performance needed. Now don't get me wrong, there's a handful of spoken word artists who can hold my attention, make me think, laugh or blush--but they are rare...very rare. What's the consensus here?
11 years ago
Sa G, You make a good point, in that the word, carefully structured, is going to strike a cord whether in print, audio, or live performances. I believe different aspects of meaning may be added to an audio or live presentation, but the heart of the message will stand or fall based upon the actual arrangement of the words themselves.
Anonymous
Spoken Word VS. Slam
11 years ago
For me...it's different. It's something about bringing life to words if you can express them artistically...A lot of poets feel that spoken word is the rebel child of poetry. (with due cause too)...I find when I would read poetry ....I would always picture someone actually dramatizing it...if it were within the boundaries of some comprehension...so naturally I really have a love for spoken word..... Of course the words need to have substance. I don't really like judging poetry subjectively or objectively...but I have participated in Slams...and the beauty of them is you avoid a lot of the traditional trendy erotica, smooth voice, hate America poems you would run into at just an open mic.(but good artist do these same poems just with more substance)..................... I really do know what you mean about spoken word scenes being saturated with Neosoulish garble...this trend began to really increase when Love Jones came out. For me, I think respect for poetry in general is a must, but I think the power is garnished, but when you release your work, emotionally, or even theatrically...you amplify your words. Your delivery can serve as a catalyst. Some spoken word artist don't have a clue about ab ab style or the standards of poetry...it doesn't necessarily devalue their work though. As long as that piece can "touch" the audience...it's good. You want to aim to do more than touch. If it's a performance to someone...them maybe they just want to get a reaction...and there is nothing wrong with that. But, there comes a time when you get past 'performing' and you actually are sharing your art in an artistic way trying to tap someone's mind via other senses. Audience synergy is most important. There are a lot of spots that I go to and spit because of the people...if you have a message to send...and it's truly of substance...you will touch them. No matter what the tone of the place is.....you have powerful words...don't let any circumstance discourage you.
Anonymous
sure
11 years ago
my friend who is an electronic musician, artist,poet, can be found at www.ulusulu.com carolyn
Anonymous
11 years ago
i am arts & entertainment editor of Omega, @ UCC our campus paper. i also can be heard thursday at noon (b.c time), on www.thex.ca the goddess & nellie, native spirituality and storytelling. carolyn
Anonymous
Carolyne!
11 years ago
I wish I could come up there and see you! A group down here in Bama is looking into cybercasting our spoken word sessions...I will keep everyone updated with details...(As soon as Ivan leaves )
Stephanie
10 years ago

I totally feel you too... I was just discussing this oversaturation, and perhaps misunderstanding of the nature and roots of spoken word poetry, with another spoken word artist recently. He expressed some similar views to yours. He and I "came up" so to speak, at the same time in vancouver about five or six years ago, when things were just really heating up in the city for this exciting artform. It was new and exciting, we were new and excited, and we had a great ride. Now that spoken word is practically an institution in the city, tho, it seems to have taken on a new face. It seems less innovative, and less art for art's sake, but then again, I'm less new, and I'm less excited. LOL

Both myself and my friendhost forums for the sharing of and expusure to spoken word. I'm still excited to provide that space, whereas my friend is much less so, and therefore is moving on. He is focousing on his painting, and is passing the baton on his open mic night to another who will breath more life into it.

I personally have taken a break from performing in the spoken word community for the last year and a half or so. I think any scene can get a little inbred, so I've been exploring other avenues in my own art.I don't have such a hard time listening to obvious metaphores, or overdramatizations, but for me I just stepped back a bit to see what I would create away from the subtle influence of my immediate community.

I think a time-out from "the scene" has allowed me to again be excited about the art form, if not all of its artists.

Anonymous
10 years ago

Laurie...I feel you.

Taking a break from the scene (notwithstanding if you are a host or have your own show) can be good.

I grew frustrated at the scene but now I simply ignore it. I try to mentally push the envelop. You all know that feeling, when you surpass performance into sharing. That feeling when you are no longer reciting but your piece is expressing itself through you. I have grown so much as an artist. And my goal is to infect the subconscious of anyone who listens to me live. So I act as if It is my last piece...whether its for a church group; or if its PSI or Def Jam. It was at a point where I would come in half way when the show starts, spit a piece and then bounce out of there. I listen to other poets now too...but I don't really vibe with folks anymore I just leave. In particular its great going to different cities and spitting. There is an element of anonymity that's healthy for me. I began to like to be "that dude" that shows up every now and then vs. "the host."

Another funny thing I noticed when I go to different spots. Some spots they show you made love. Other spots you got the emcees or hosts who think its some sort of competition. If they think you are hotter than they are, they kind of chide your whole persona. I just keep doing what I do. There is at least one person that is in the audience that you can touch. Of if your piece is therapeutic (can't spell it...lol) then do it anyhow.

well...
10 years ago

you certainly have infected my subconcious, Mr. Dhoobie D. and I haven't even heard you yet!! LOL

Come to vancouver and be "that guy" in my neighborhood!!

anyways,when it comes down to it, I've still got mad love for spoken word, but maybe it's just a little dimmer for "the scene".

10 years ago
Here in Minneapolis where there is an active Spoken Word/Slam Community..by and large,I have bypassed "the scene" Opting instead to perform/recite new works at"Hippie" gatherings and the like..
9 years ago
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