Black Poetry : Why Americans Don't Read Poetry

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  1. Legacy21

    Legacy21 Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Tell me why it is Americans don’t read poetry?
    Perhaps because it has lost its relevancy in a society
    Where Brittany Spears and Backstreet Boys rule
    Pepsi pop culture
    Osborne family dysfunctionalism
    & Fabricated reality TV shows
    Are broadcasted into minds across the country
    Prime time
    Where sitcoms bomb our senses
    Rendered defenseless against the TV signals
    Jamming our thought processes
    Sitting and staring into space
    30 seconds of wasted breath
    30 seconds of conscious death
    Blinks between commercial breaks
    The shows are just the filler between advertisements for Ford and Miller
    Unconsciously you create another bill
    Blindly buying into the subliminal message
    To spend more money you don’t have
    Charge it to Visa, Mastercard or American Express
    Since it buys you access to everywhere you want to be
    Except for reality
    Denial is so affordable
    Convenient options like leasing your soul to be owned by others
    So you can’t possibly be responsible for yourself
    Ignorance is the ultimate insurance plan
    Guaranteed bliss in a world of broken hearts and dreams
    Just turn up the radio to drown out the sirens and screams
    With lyrics that boast of busting gats and loose semen
    Into young wombs of little girls aborting womanhood
    & Consuming young minds with ghetto dreaming
    Hip hop you used to be the poetry of the street
    But offers nothing more than phat beats
    To make our ***** clap, empty headz nod, and Air Force Ones stomp
    On dance floors while the world keep spinning
    The people keep sinning
    Meanwhile books collect dust on libraries shelves
    Never disturbed while your mental slumbers
    Tucked into a comfortable coffin of unconsciousness
    Why?
    Because the people no longer read poetry!
    No one gives a **** about poetry anymore but poets
    We are the only ones packing out cafes & lining up at open mics
    We’ve even managed to make the art of spoken word seem cartoonish
    With our over inflated egos, measured breathes, predictable meters, and redundant narratives
    Of hatred, bitterness, and ignorance
    We plead to be understood and weep for pity on the mic
    Trying to convince others to buy into our rants of super-righteous indignation &
    Conscious hype
    No!
    Pity the people that have to be subjected to this ********
    The people don’t read poetry
    Because they don’t respect poets!
    We abuse The Muse & misrepresent The Art
    We fail to inspire words to create change
    We fail to inspire because we won’t change
    We won’t change because we cannot create
    Words with enough meaning to produce power
    We cannot move & mobilize masses
    When we cannot even move our ***** to change our own situations
    We can’t face ourselves while we point the accusing finger at everyone else
    Don’t blame your disappointments on the world or audience
    Look in the mirror and realize you are the root of the problem
    When you can finally admit that you are full of ****
    Then you will begin to be free
    Cuz the face in the mirror is your only enemy
    You must respect & pursue the craft with passion
    Speak with depth and authority
    Earn the right to write
    & use words wisely
    Only then can we begin to heal the world through the art of spoken word
     
  2. Kimdricka

    Kimdricka Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    Whoa now!! thats how you speak the truth. i'm scared of you girlfriend!! that was hott. very very well put together. keep on layin' it down legacy. these people who don't read just don't know what they missing with poets like you out here doin' the dam thang. keep it up, sista.

    Kim
     
  3. poeticdelight

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    when i thought it was just me

    "Ignorance is the ultimate insurance plan
    Guaranteed bliss in a world of broken hearts and dreams
    Just turn up the radio to drown out the sirens and screams
    With lyrics that boast of busting gats and loose semen
    Into young wombs of little girls aborting womanhood
    & Consuming young minds with ghetto dreaming
    Hip hop you used to be the poetry of the street
    But offers nothing more than phat beats
    To make our ***** clap, empty headz nod, and Air Force Ones stomp
    On dance floors while the world keep spinning
    The people keep sinning
    Meanwhile books collect dust on libraries shelves
    Never disturbed while your mental slumbers
    Tucked into a comfortable coffin of unconsciousness
    Why?
    Because the people no longer read poetry!
    No one gives a **** about poetry anymore but poets"

    kudos :toast:

    pd
     
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    poeticdelight Member MEMBER

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    the only true hip hop head to me

    is Lauryn Hill and Nas who recently lost his mother and his
    fan base still wonders about the sudden change in his
    lyrical content GOD makes a progress for change in every
    woman and man

    better watch out!! :lol:

    this poem depicts number six on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
    cd called "supastar" she lays it down in reference to how the
    hip hop heads of today have lost sight of what we are here for.

    on her other album performed live she establishes that she won't
    stop until there is someone else in the industry that is as passionate about combining hip-hop with scripture like she does it

    I must say i haven't heard anyone else step up to the plate quite like her

    peace

    poeticd
     
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    very openly spoken of much truth ......something we all need
    to hear at some point ....Thankz for dis
     
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    INTRIGUING

    You know who YOU are. 1poetsought
     
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    you know your flow is like none other girl!!!!
     
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    Peace To All,

    I thank each and everyone of you for your thoughtful insight and compliments. As of late I have refused to write just "because", I had to write with a purpose again, and that purpose is to educate, not to entertain. For a while I got so caught up in the art of performance and the drama that comes on and off stage, and I began to feel as if I were giving all my energy to emptiness. I had to remember words should not be wasted, they are designed to be used to a purpose, a greater one than complaining or crying -- but to liberate and inspire change and thought in people and situations. So now I am nobody's stage monkey, but I am a real writer---my pen only speaks that worth speaking of, and I hope to shed insight where I may so that other artists can receive revelation as well.

    Shalom
     
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    whoa!! line for line this is classic material...

    nfinite.............
     
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    Legacy,

    Blak fists raised to the 10th power!!!

    Excellent! Powerful!!!!

    :heart:
    GQ
     
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