Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth: Poets Verb + Reggie Eldridge


While watching the past two episodes of the spoken word series, Verses and Flow, on TV One, two poets stood out to me, Verb and Reggie Eldridge.

Verb spoke a critique of our current dependency on hi-tech technology and it reminded me of Louis C.K. rant on smartphones. It does make you think about how technology affects our thinking and affects us socially. Is it the technology’s fault or is it deeper, underlying issues and how were are using them in our cultures that are the problem? Maybe the social structures and codes of our cultures have not caught up with the advanced pace of technology? We do not know how to properly handle all this new technology coming at us at such a fast pace and so we haven’t taught those younger than us how to deal with it either? Instead going deeper, some of us stay on the spectacle of the superficial surface that the technology gives us. Maybe it feels easier that way because it hurts less. But listen to Verb’s spoken word pieces below and go to her youtube page for more videos; I like her autism poem, too.

“Techno Crack”

“Droid”

Also, another poet Reggie Eldridge captured me with his voice and after looking him up, I found his album, The Awakening. His work gives a a mythical, mystical and spiritual contrast to some of the issues mentioned above. By the way, Verses and Flow is on tomorrow at 9pm

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