If poetry is combined with a rant, then my mother must have been a champion of spewing poetry. She could go on for hours screaming her poetry I considered a lecture, rant or annoying utterance – enough of that memory, I digress.
As a poet, I take objection to rants in any form when they are hidden under the guise of poetry.
My definition of poetry is:
Is an explosion of internal emotion,
felt from the minutest brain area,
to the tip of your toes.
Comprised of love, hate, and fear,
happiness, and sadness,
tranquility, turbulence and bliss.
Spatial in size,
an odyssey of hope,
from a dismal past.
anew sequence of thought,
to expand and explore.
or life’s combative
Fall in love or lust,
whatever the tale brings,
encasing you in its web.
Poetry is a dream come true,
written and recorded
documented view of thought.
Another annoyance with poetry is the offspring of “Slam Poetry.” The word “Slam” implies violence, anger, and hurt. Writing poetry that is visual, expressive and pictorial does not relate to the word “slam.” Slam poetry can also be defined as to put something down – in my estimation this also falls under the category of RANT. Or could this be a combination of “Rant Poetry?”
Poetry is beautiful, emotional, descriptive and visual. Screaming and yelling line after line of poetry is a rant. Please, don't misunderstand, there should be a poetry called “Rant Poetry.” This would at least let the audience know what type of poetry to expect and they could make a decision to attend the reading or stay at home and listen to Choppin, Mozart, or Mose Allison, or another Jazz musician and sooth the soul.
I have also heard Mother Goose Nursery Rhymes done in “Slam Poetry Style.” Please leave the children out of this and let them have their precious memories of Mother Goose as being loving and gentle.
I welcome comments and arguments to help me broaden my understanding of the descriptive poetry defined above. Thank you.