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Spoken word poetry speaks language of the audience: Joshua Muyiwa

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Spoken word poetry is like making a documentary film. It allows you to be truthful and honest, said Joshua Muyiwa, writer and poet, at F-Spot, a spoken word poetry event held at Arrupe Hall on Tuesday.

Just a day after the world celebrated International Women’s Day, the discussion was directed towards breaking stereotypes and taboos for women. Reflecting on the issue, Muyiwa said, “We are unfortunately living in a world with rigid rules, especially for women.” He expressed his hope to live in a world where one could be passionate about one thing at a time and move on to the next best thing at the other minute.

Adding on to spoken word poetry focusing on feminism, Muyiwa said, “A woman can be as many things she wants to be. But not many women get that opportunity. So many women turn to slam poetry to express that anger.”

Talking about how feminism is evolving in the society, C K Meena, a journalist, novelist, and newspaper columnist, said, “Young women today are trapped by fear because of incidents taking place around the country. This anger is being channeled through feminism.” She said that feminist poetry is more effective when it has anger attached to it.

Speaking about slam poetry, spoken word poet from American Poetry Movement, Janet Orlene said, “Slam poetry is not just about performing with anger. Slam is never written for the poet, it is for the audience. Slam poetry is the rock and roll of the poetry world, you can say anything you want.”

F-Verse, the second segment of F-Spot will be held at Urban Solace in Ulsoor at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

– Saili Desai, I MS COM

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