It was never an ivory tower, and it remains a very diverse but also
serious space for creativity. I don't agree with Jennifer's way of
addressing rap, but this is far more mistaken in its simplistic
dismissal of major work. Writers do not spend their lives struggling to
"purify the dialect of the tribe" for nothing or just to produce casual
easy hack work.
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"I've gotta use words when I speak to you,
but if you understand or if you don't, that's nothing to me and
nothing to you.
we all gotta do what we gotta do."
Or something like that.
Rap is chant, and so is somethimes is poetry.
The literary ivory tower, like other towers struck from above,
is going the way of the falling tower of the Tarot deck.
Tabitha Arnesen wrote:
>I'm sorry I just don't see how rap can be classed as
>poetry. it is MUSIC. people have always listened to
>bad music. it does not, to me at least, point to a
>new form of poetry, although I acknowledge that this
>is just my opinion.
>Beat poetry is an entirely different thing.
>--- Peter Montgomery <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>>>Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 16:42:08 -0400
>>From: Eric <[log in to unmask]>
>>Subject: Poetry at the End of Print Culture
>>Just got a copy of this. I think you'll find it
>>useful. Gioia has helped
>>a lot by providmg a lot of evidence and leads. The
>>writer does miss the
>>retrieval of recitativo secco in rap and hip-hop and
>>slam, but gets much
>>else. Down we go into the "foul rag and bone shop"
>>of the language. The
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