What is everyone's opinion on slam poetry?
I am in a class where we are focusing mainly on poetry as a form of resistance and a large section of the class has been focused on slam poets and how they are the highest form of resistance. But I'm not sure if I fully agree that they are the ONLY form of resistance in poetry. What say you?
-Evvi, a newbie to hubpages
I think a lot of the world's beauty forms in response to a wound. Often poetry is written around some emotion - love, rage, hate, fear, rejection - any of which can spur the poet. Slamming, by definition, is live poetry performance. It is only different from written poetry in that way. The resistance part is not exclusive to slam. So I guess I agree with your take that it is not the only form of resistance poetry.
I do not think slam poetry is the only poetry form that is about resistance, although having a definition of what is considered resistance by the group mentioned would help answer this.
As I believe slam poetry is a fairly modern concept believing that slam is the only form of resistance poetry might be like saying nobody in the past ( prior to slam) wrote poetry objecting to anything.
2 - that's exactly right. The beat generation of the 50s who wore only black and recited poetry in dark smokey coffee houses were all about rejecting the status quo, as were the hippies, punks, rappers, et al. Pop artists were striking out against the traditional government structure and fluxus followed closely on its heels taking objects completely out of context with their world as a representative way of defying leadership, particularly those who juried art. Poetry is just another art form which, in every generation, has its rebels, those who want to break away, deny the current condition or create a new one. Slamming, essentially, is not new. It's just poets reciting their poems from memory. The method of delivery is a bit faster today, I think.
I'd say "Howl" was a form of resistence... as I'm sure ya'll know there was an obscenity charge brought forward (I believe he read it aloud at City Lights Book Store in SF) which ultimately was defeated.
There are a few "Howl" poems. Who's the author?
I found a poem by Daniel Partlow titled "Howl Allen Ginsberg". Yes, indeed, I would say resistance poetry for sure. Where was the obscenity?
It's a long poem but I believe there is profanity and somewhat graphic (for the 50's) references to sex including homosexuality....
Slam poetry is just the loudest form of resistance poetry. song lyrics used to be so until they became 'unpatriotic' and any singer beaten into obscurity, there is a fair degree of resistance among everyday poetry but normally more oblique and deep.
I'd say slam poetry has alot of resistence but then again i think that placeing that term also creates a stigma or sterotype that all slam poets or urban poets or spoken word poets(whatever term you prefer) are all unpatriotic rebels without causes or anarchist which is not always the case.
Any one got a link/can point to a slam poet/poem? Being a newbie I don't know these terms? I learn something new everyday!
I got you http://hubpages.com/hub/i-cry-out-to-be-heard
im not premoting my "hub" its just to give an example
hope it helps
Well yeah it is but it has a more urban feel to it it has a flow more than a rhyme if that makes sense
Yes that makes sense. Flow. What does urban mean though?
to add to my last post its kind of gritty grungy its a type of poetry that you can't be afraid to 'go there' 'say that' or offend anyone
I think I just discovered that some of the poems (the ones that I write but that I do not share) are probably a type of resistance poetry. If resistance is passing comment on the state of the world or the problems you have encountered, they (mine) tend to be written on topics that I have no power over but need to comment on.
This has been an interesting forum post to read.
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