May 18th, 2008

How You Say The Thing

Very funny performance piece here on ending all statements with a question mark. I think the performance is what's called slam poetry, a genre I don't follow much, but which I enjoy in small doses.

The performer is Taylor Mali. Here's the text of a very interesting slam poetry piece on "how to write a political poem."
Mix current events with platitudes of empowerment.
Wrap up in rhyme or rhyme it up in rap until it sounds true.
It's funny, isn't it, that rhyme can make something "sound true?"

Somehow when we listen
to shiny words that glisten
we start to nod our heads
at whatever's being said.