A Change of Heart?

November 18, 2010

When I watched the assigned spoken word poetry videos, I was unimpressed. I could appreciate where the poets where trying to go with their poetic style, but it wasn’t the same as seeing, revisiting, rereading and absorbing the words way I’m used to. After class, out of curiosity, I looked up a written version of Linton Kwesi Johnson’s “If I Woz a Tap Natch Poet” (I know, I know, blasphemy) and read it, then watched the performance again with the poem in front of me. It was a totally different experience for me, and I enjoyed it so much more. I don’t know why seeing the words made such a difference to me, but getting the visual and aural/oral aspect as well really increased my appreciation for (and in some way my understanding of) spoken word poetry in general.

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