*slam poetry voice* i want a hotdog
Anonymous asked: Um, no offense, but can you please keep your discussion about slam poetry off that post? I know it needs to be made, but please; create your own post about it. Don't derail a post like that. It's rude and borders on racist. And if someone else derails, don't take it as an excuse to talk about what THEY want to talk about. It's the same "avoid feeding the troll" adage. Okay? Okay.
Well, no, not quite ok, as it were. I’m offering a critique, much in the same way the piece itself offers a critique on something that probably wasn’t considering what the piece is critiquing in the first place. I’ll not create my own post, especially in regards to the thread of discussion going on- it’s a discussion that needs to be had. I have no idea how that’s racist at all- I agree with the message of the piece entirely, but just because I have a critique to offer, because I’m not satisfied that just the message is good, that makes me a racist?
I’m not a troll.
I’m an educated person trying to have a discussion about the problems pervading slam. What you seem to be insinuating is that if I offer any critique of any piece that deals with volatile subject matter I’m immediately critiquing the subject and not the way it’s presented, and that means you don’t know much about critiquing.
STEP ONE IN ANY ART FORM: REMAIN DETACHED FROM YOUR PIECE ENOUGH TO SEE THE POSSIBLE FLAWS OTHER MAY POINT OUT.
Read Roland Barthe’s “The Death of The Author”. It points out that if we keep authorial intent, then there is no way of objectively critiquing any work ever made. You can’t define anything, art, people, bad cooking, by its intent alone. To do that is to ignore the agency of what things actually do. Ask yourself what the language DOES in a piece, not what the language is ABOUT. That’s what I’m doing. Don’t assume I’m a racist for believing that social justice causes aren’t an excuse for sub-par poetry.
Rude? No. Read the rest of my blag. You can find me being very rude there. This is me engaging in a critique, and just because you don’t agree with it doesn’t make me rude. It makes you ignorant and short-sighted. If you want to have a real discussion about intention versus craft in the world of poetry, and slam specifically, I’d love to. If you’re going drop racism because I look at more than message in a piece because I believe anything that calls itself poetry deserves a higher standard than soapbox preaching, then you’ll see what rude is.