As part of the Being A Man (BAM) series at the Royal Festival Hall, I went along to see a discussion and performance event with The Last Poets this weekend.
It was an odd, and not entirely comfortable, evening where the views and opinions between performers and audience became somewhat fractious on occasion – The Last Poets views on women and non-heterosexual relationships, in particular, generated some intense audience feedback.
Moderating the discussion was Anthony Anaxagorou who, and I quote from his website biography:
… is an award-winning poet, short story writer, publisher and poetry educator. He has published several volumes of poems and essays, a spoken word EP and a collection of short stories whilst having also written for theatre.
His poetry has appeared on both national television and radio as well as being published in various literary magazines and anthologies. He was a judge for the 2016 BBC Young Writers Award and is currently the poet in residence at several London schools where he teaches poetry and creative writing.
In 2015 his poetry and fiction writing won him the Groucho Maverick Award and in 2016 he was shortlisted for the Hospital Club’s H-100 award.
He founded Out-Spoken in 2012 and Out-Spoken Press in 2013. His work has subsequently been studied in universities, schools and colleges across the USA, U.K and Australia, as well as being translated into Spanish, German, French and Japanese.
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We did and, interest piqued, my partner, D, looked him up on YouTube and found this wonderful poem: If I Told You. Beautifully constructed and spoken, this is worth five minutes of anyone’s time.
Why do I like it so much? Perspective.
So much in life is about your own and others’ perspective. The more you know about everyone’s perspective, the better informed you are, the wiser your opinions.
Learning should never end because how differently might we think … If I Told You … (click to read transcript on Genius).