As an organizer for a mainly estro-centric reading, I still appreciate having the interior room dialogue, the space to be able to lash out, the place to put righteous indignation, fury,catharsis, questions, support,and explorations.While I also agree that the age of identity politics and essentialism is waning, I think we still need these spaces, particularly as a space to breathe and be able to bond with each other so we can find each other later if we have a bout where some really sideways stuff gets spoken and triggers some issues.While I think in one way, as poets, we all have each others' backs, sometimes things happen and it's good to have the space to put reactions. Or the space to make connection.
My big issue with scheduling readings is this--can we PLEASE have reading room enough so that certain of us don't have to choose whether to do the black poem, the female poem OR the gay poem because all of those readings are at the same time?
I actually think that we can probably space readings in such a way that these choices don't have to be made.I"m familiar with the nightmare that is festival scheduling, but I have a feeling it can be done, maybe even in tandem with workshops.
I think workshop+reading pairings might be really cool.Maybe we can have workshops
that touch on something JESSTER brought up---how to be an ally, how to identify as one (poems, of course!), how to bridge activism with art, the ally poem workshop zone...something.This could address some of the inclusion/exclusion stuff that comes up for people who are trying, attempting, connecting.
Maybe something to explore in the future.
That said, my readings list might go something like:
Forms reading (limmerick,sonnet,etc)
Haiku (maybe even as pre-group piece finals or pre-finals, save the head to head last rounds for that)
Remembrance+Heros reading (I find this space vital, healing)
Hip Hop/musical unity slam
That's 10,roughly two an afternoon.
Maybe we should have some on Saturday, too.
I've left out Erotica, Rookie, Slam master because those usually go at night.Actually, Nerd and decathalon, too.
I think of those as evening ones.
My shill.Which I guess I should send to our Pres via email