Playing tracks by
Myra Davies, TONY HANCOCK, Michael Rothenberg/Thomas, Dennis Hopper, Eddie Woods and more.
WTM #1097: Words Ain’t Birds ~ wReck thiS meSS ~ Amsterdam ~ 17. 05.10
“Poetry is the struggle to take back language”
• Michael Rothenberg
I stopped writing poetry a long time ago, it remains a powerful force but it has to remain somewhat unconscious. It can't be framed by serious/precious gilt frames or touted as new stand-up comedy in the realm of slams. Slam gestures are inspired by advertising & gestures copped from sitcoms or rap. I've slammed slams before. It's like buying a fancy [but still mass-produced] car like a Miata say, where the form, in this case poetry, is supposed to distinguish you from the masses but in the context of a mass consumptive gesture where you are forced to entertain consumers to survive. You're buying yr individuality thru car/slam & then struggle foreverto come out from under its shadow by entertaining its indulgences. The writers included here are needless to say NOT slammers.