Wham! Bam! Poetry Slam!

Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana

I recently went to my first poetry slam.  It was held at the Snite Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana.  I froze and it was completely awkward, and yes, very uncomfortable, but I did see and meet some incredibly talented artists.  Here are some of the videos that came out of that event.  Thankfully none are me freezing like a deer in the headlights, they are all awesome.  I look forward to the next slam, and I have been told it is being planned right now.

Cherri Peate

Lonnie Ray Atkinson

Billy Easton

Jake Webster

Irinka

Andrew Jackson

Gil Scott-Heron – New York Is Killing Me (Chris Cunningham Remix) [Full 3 Screens HD]

New York is Killing Me

Gil Scott Heron – As a poet and musician. His best known composition, was the song/poem titled, “The revolution will not be televised,” that was first recorded in 1970.  It was an incredibly moving poem that established him as an activist and an artist, and earned him the title of “Godfather of Rap.”  “New York is killing me,” is from his last 2010 recording “I’M Here Now.” He said the theme of the revolution will not be televised was the revolution that took place in your head.  It could not be televised because it was a shift in thinking.  This theme continued throughout his work from “Johannesburg” to the more subtle themes of the broken home in his last recording, “I’m Here Now.”

The Revolution Will Not be Televised

Johannesburg

Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz “Notes on Rejection”

I just received my first two rejections on the same day, so I now can really relate to this.  I was told “unfortunately at this time we have not selected your writing…” and “keep submitting,” and then I found this video.  I know it happens.  It is a rite of passage.  So it is cool.  So for everyone else out there who knows this feeling or is afraid they will die, you won’t, but you may find yourself overindulging in Chinese food.  Or maybe that is just me.