I recently participated in an online radio show conversation with the host of “Lyrical Divas”, MzSpoon, a poet in her own right sharing in her discourse regarding “lascivious” poetry and the poetry community. I decided to attend this session for a number of reasons, but the primary was to learn what I could from her discourse.

This to me is an important time in this new era of spoken word and the spoken word generation of this decade. I say this generation, because there is a rift between the generation of the black arts movement and this generation ofthe 2Ks. Poetry has become a rapidly growing social culture; growing in many ways and in different directions of styles and formats. There is a huge influx of poets who are trying to define what is and isn’t considered spoken word poetry. The very idea of trying to define this has caused huge tears in the production of art which in my belief can be remedied. In my opinion the answer to this overwhelmingly complex definition is a simple one: education.

If the poets who raise such arguments took even a small portion of the energy they spend fighting the current of art on studying, they would indeed find that poetry comes in a myriad of forms. Now, because I am giving you this answer, does not negate the need to study further; for to find foundation in my simplistic answer requires your digging for the truth.

As one poet so eloquently put it, we are in a time of “poetic illiteracy” (U’Nek Reality) when it comes to this new era. We cannot spend so much time leaning on our own understanding trying to define and confine art to fit our own convictions or writings. In doing so, we do more harm than good to one another mounting campaigns to disprove/discredit a segment or subgenre of art; this would be as cutting of the face in spite of our nose.

We must spend more time studying life, ourselves, and those around us and maybe, just maybe we will find the center and peace in defining our own poetry and how it fits in the grand spectrum of art. Truly search within self to define your own purpose for writing and delivering your craft; I mean this not as the reason YOU make (in staged answer) for your poetry, but the spiritual and mental purpose.

Have a listen to this conversation if you will:

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