27 May

I’ve heard a few local poets cite Tourettes as the sole reason they don’t compete in slam anymore. One in particular thought it ‘totally unfair’ that an MC should be allowed to participate at all.

I think the real problem is relevance. You only need to hear one or two experimental sound poems before you realise that many of the people who write and read in this city have no concept of audience. They’re not shifting words around to craft a shared experience – they’re just indulging themselves.

Which is what makes Tourettes such an anomaly. Audiences find his work accessable and engaging. They can understand and relate to it. He’s not writing for himself, he’s writing for them – the young, disaffected, urban twentysomethings that actually turn up to creative events.

And that’s why he wins the slams.


One Response to “Tourettes.”

  1. Aimee May 27, 2010 at 12:01 pm #

    I think you nailed it.

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