Spoken Word vs. Poetry. If a spoken word poet cannot show that they are strong on paper, should they be labeled an entertainer, NOT a Poet?
Entertainment vs. Life in Literary Motion
As a writer, I have always had a need to read my work to someone. My ear’s have to hear the creative work of my mind come to life as these lips work like an assembly line. I know that I am a part of the mass majority of most other writers out there, ESPECIALLY poets. Poets tend to be odd creatures. We are very egotistical on the outside, but our true existence consists of completely insecure kindergarteners hoping and praying somebody will know that their green elephant really is a purple snowman. Enter: Poetry Readings.
Do NOT confuse poetry reading with Spoken Word Poetry. Poetry readings are held in places like libraries and tea houses…Starbucks and churches. Spoken Word Poetry Venues are just that…venues. They are loud. They are ruckus. They are spiritual. They are humanitarian. The Spoken Word is sexual and sensual…emotional and philosophical. The Spoken Word Poetry venue is ENTERTAINMENT through and through!
Which brings me to the debate at hand. Spoken Word vs Poetry. Are both Poetry? Or is Spoken Word entertainment?