my brother-in-law and i visited Fullerton College yesterday to listen to an interesting panel discussion regarding hip hop and poetry called, "What Counts as Writing: Rap, Spoken Word, and the Politics of Poetics." there were 3 panel members: Dr. Mel Donaldson, professor at Cal State LA; Eric Morago, performance poet; and an english professor from the college.
the topic questions revolving around the panel were: What is the difference between rap, spoken word and performance poetry? Is there a place for any/all of the above in the creative writing/composition/literature classroom?
i found it informative just because of my interest in poetry and now with my new direction of rhythm's role in design. i also enjoyed how they brought it into the realm of academia, because i feel that is very important as one day i will be teaching. most importantly, i find so many parallels with creative writing and graphic design and this is just another resource for me to prove that. the process and definition of poetry and spoken word, the performance of poetry, hip hop and cinema, lie in the very same pool of design and the author's responsibility.
a point that caught my attention is the question of who are we expressing this art to and why do the powers-that-be pick and choose what happens in the academy. why is charles bukowski talked about in school, but not today's hip hop degradation of women? something to think about.
the one line that i'm taking from this 2 hour panel discussion will be huge as i think further toward my thesis goal. stated by Billy Collins: This art of expression should "not only be accessible, but hospitable."
i find that totally relative to the design pollution we see in our society.
to spice up this post, here's eric morago, slam poet: