The Problem of Poetry

Here’s a spoken word piece…hope you likey…

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  1. globatron
    July 12, 2010

    hitting nail on said spot, a la Saul Williams. and for five minutes, jeez Father Moab. You always set the bar high and I will try and reach it. I am getting comfortable with my voice but don’t know how you were able to maintain that level of rhythm without stalling or tripping up on your words.

    As far as what you said, I will have to listen to it again. Now imagine doing that in front of hundreds of people and having all the lines memorized. It is truly amazing what the human mind can accomplish. Thank you for reminding me once again.

  2. TAZCAR88
    July 12, 2010

    As one for I, I liked you work of art.. But the use of such a group of larger words, most people,don’t understand. If you are wishing to reach a larger group, of people.. Try to express yourself,useing the smallest words you can.. I found myself,wanting to learn more If I could understand thier words and there meaning.. I found if I used smaller words, when wanting to get my point across to most people, or wanting to make more people think my way and keep me incharge of their minds.. a group of often used small words, seemed to keep people on the edge of their seats.. Wanting more and more, I found myself to be a teacher

  3. Greg
    July 12, 2010

    I agree with Taz, if you look in our culture we are shortening the most simple of words. It is no longer Mountain Dew, it is MTN DEW.
    No longer is it Pizza Hut, simply The Hut.

    Our populace is getting more illiterate by the year. Kinda funny, LOL. 🙂

  4. Akbar Lightning
    July 12, 2010

    thank you tazcar88

    i suggest purchasing a dictionary…

    knowledge is intimately tied to language…this is an inescapable aspect of being, and to explore the outer edges of knowledge requires increasing sophistication of linguistic control.

    if you want to remain ‘like most people’, then by all means, enjoy yourself…however, i have spent my life trying to become unique, differentiated from what is common, by studying greatness…and there i have found a consistent reverence for elevated speech, not because such ornamentation is merely a means of obscuring one’s meaning, but because there are particular ideas that cannot be grasped without the use of highly articulated forms of language.

    i find the alienation that comes with continuing one’s education problematic, but i have accepted it as a price…as an aside, i belong to many communities in the real world, where i present myself in a more sociable way…my presence here on globatron is an exercise of that kind of freedom of speech where i leave it to the viewer to bring the necessary tools for understanding.

    afterall, i have benefited greatly from those artists who sought not to hide their light under a bushel, but instead fed it to me straight, and hard, and made me work to understand what they were seeing out there on the edges of existential delight.

    if you want to be taken seriously, as an educated person, work at it, do your research, understand the poem, then after you’ve looked up all the words you did not understand…then, if you find some criticisms with the work, then i will take them to heart…because they will be educated insights…

    i cannot imagine a place for substituting words because i suspect others would find the ones i am using to be too hard..not here, anyway…

    good luck…buy a dictionary, learn some latin roots…get your hands dirty, and love it…love language, bathe yourself in antiquated e’s, and deomons of socratic analysis…

    peace, poetry and love,

  5. globatron
    July 12, 2010

    I don’t look at a piece for the difficulty or lack of difficulty of the language but for what it makes me feel.

    I’ve always looked at art work instinctively. I either feel it in the gut or i don’t. I feel this one. And I do have a dictionary.

    It’s amazing how many people take issue with big words these days. What happened to priding oneself on knowledge and intelligence? After all, isn’t knowledge one of the quest of the human mind and species?

    peace, poetry and love me some Akbar.

  6. Logocentric
    July 13, 2010

    i feel this one too.

    i can’t form sentences that are good enough to say how much i like this piece, Akbar. it hits me in the face and the gut and other important places. i dig it, brother. well done.


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