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July 06, 2010


Opened my eyes to slam vs. book, and the perceived heirarchy of poets. Never was aware of the politics of this realm, down and dirty. I'm glad bricks are mute while I try to make them sing.

I have heard Rachel's name tossed around for a while now, but this was the first time I got an in-depth look at her work and what she's all about. And I must say, it's a lot. This interview left me poetically satisfied, which happens less often than I would like.

The prejudices between book and slam poets not only hurt themselves but a also the art as a whole. The sad fact is that often times the bias does not come from the judgment of quality, but rather the need to categorize in order to maintain hierarchy and bloated egos.

Poetry is what moves you. Period.

The interview was very refreshing.

Thank you.


Wow. Just Wow. Powerful. Thanks for introducing me to Rachel McKibbens. And let me say, too, that I agree with the statement, "poetry is what moves you." I am sickened each time I encounter elitism, ego, and judgment from poets, readers, or listeners. The universe is big enough for everything. To self-important critics I say, "Close your pie-hole, open yourself, and make some small attempt at finding your heart."

Inspiring. I fell in love with Rachel as I struggled with my own limitations as a mother and daughter, now it's just on a purely human level, her work transcends.

What a great interview. It made me think about the little factions poets divide themselves into. There are so many, it seems.

I read at a spoken word event once in Cleveland --was an invited guest there, and I was introduced as one of THOSE poets from the dark side . . . who reads at, you know, universities. And I stood up as the booing began. But they were an alive audience, really fantastic, far more enjoyable than many in classrooms where the students are forced to attend.

So I guess I'd say there is a bit of prejudice everywhere. And maybe for some good reasons. I mean, the bad performance poets remind me of preachers gone wild. And the academics sometimes sound like they're constipated and can't get that last bit out . . .

Which is not to suggest they're aren't great poets of every kind . . . and then some poets really are better on the page. And some better on stage.

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on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
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