Last week I wrote a post about the sensitivity of performing confessional poetry given that it might violate the privacy of those people mentioned in the poems. Today I want to discuss how listeners tend to react to confessional performance poets, both audience members immediately following the performance as well as members of the press and academics. I was … Continue reading Do Confessional Poets Forfeit our Right to Privacy?
Last week, I wrote a post on confessional poetry and being conscious of others whose privacy is disrupted in the sharing of personal material. In it I discussed how being a confessional poet requires one to be comfortable with sharing the details in his/her poems with a room of strangers. Luckily, poetry events are generally safe spaces, with the … Continue reading Confessional Work: On the Effect of Technology
Something on my mind lately has been the politics of confessional poetry: how does one honestly perform personal poems while also being mindful of their effect on the people whose privacy is interrupted by these poems? Slam poetry has always been a genre which encourages poets to share intimate details of their lives. Susan B. A. Somers-Willett … Continue reading Confessional Work: On Respecting Others’ Privacy