Def Poetry - Season 1
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From the makers of Russell Simmons's Def Comedy Jam, comes an all-new series that showcases practitioners of one of the country's fastest-rising performing art forms - def poetry - in an intimate, uncensored format. Taped live at The Supper Club in New York, Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry is hosted by popular rap artist Mos Def, and spotlights original material performed by contemporary urban poets and well-known music/comedy artists.]]>
Top Customer Reviews
Based on my experience from Def Comedy Jam, I was expecting all of the artists to be African American, but Russell mixed it up with Caucasians, Asians and Arabs which was HOT...We never really know how different people look at the world and this gives you a glimpse into what each person sees and what they've been through.
DEFinitely a classic!!
I am not even sure I know what "Poetry" is, although I try to read much with an open mind--no, that's not what poetry appeals to--much with an extra sensitivity.
[There is some which has motivated me for life:
"I saw a man pursuing the horizon./Round and round they sped./This greatly disturbed me./I accosted the man, 'You can never. . .'/'You lie,' he cried, and ran on." Stephen Crane]
But whatever Def Poetry is, each episode of this season of this show begins with poetry--a snippet of Gwendolyn Brooks or William Shakespeare or Langston Hughes or Dylan Thomas, Def Poets, the show proclaims, all.
"Oh generation of the thoroughly smug and the thoroughly uncomfortable./I have seen fishermen picknicking in the sun./I have seen them with untidy familes,/I have seen their smiles full of teeth and heard ungainly laughter./And I am happier than you are,/And they were happier than I am. . .Ezra Pound]
Whatever Def Poetry is--other than poetic, be it rant or performance--it is effective.
Before you--you teenage boy--suggest to your date you both jump in the backseat of a car, you should hear part of this--to see, to feel--what the girl may think. Before you--you college graduate dismiss the thought of teaching--you should hear part of this--to understand, to feel--"what teachers make".
Please, I'm ready for season next.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved it! This is very different poetry, not that I saw a bee, I saw a tree, rhyming kind of poetry. I've also bought #s 2 & 3, 'cause I throughly enjoyed this.Published 9 hours ago by Cathryn S. Sullins
A TRULY EXTRAORDINARY showcase of powerful and empowering poets -they come from a wide array of cultures and ethnicities -they SHARE IN BOLD AND AUHTHENTIC VOICES- THIS SERIES... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rarity Rising
I saw it for the first time and I loved it. When I first heard about it, I remembered saying to myself that I had to get and I'm glad that I did. Read morePublished 6 months ago by AshNicole
Entertaining and thought provoking. The episodes must be watched several times to appreciate the entire message the poets are conveying. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Thom J 3