31 Day Writing Challenge Day 23: “Poetry is…”
So, today I cheated. But, with good reason. When I saw, “Poetry is…” listed as a topic in our writing challenge, I knew I would never be able to write my feelings about it. Instead, I would have to simply perform.
Performing spoken word is transcendental. There’s really no other word to describe it. For all the nonsense I put on my blog day after day, poetry gives me a whole new set of cojones I never knew I had. It also brings out my streak of perfectionism. I usually spend weeks working on my pieces, massaging the language, trashing whole sentences in favor of new ones. You learn that what works on a page doesn’t always work on stage. And, vise versa.
So, I can’t tell you anymore of what poetry is. I can only show you by introducing my latest piece performed August 22, 2013 at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, MD. Here’s the link to “Autobiography.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjoXSPnfumk