You may have noticed that my podcast, Iambic poetry podcast, has been doing movies reviews for the past few weeks. Well, the reason is simple. Movies are another ways that media uses poetry. Beyond music and visual art, movies have showcased poets and poems to the world. Some movies have reach the mass media and have become cult classics. So, I started a new podcast series called Reel Poetry.
Reel Poetry is a movie review that discusses movies with poetry or poets being showcase and rates them for the general public. The idea is to make the public aware of independent or commercial movies. Even movies that were made out of the blueprints of a poem.
I am joined with previous podcast guests, Marvin Xia and Auntie Vice as my new co-host for this series. We will also bring in guests to get their commentary on the movies. We even have a movie rating system called snap judgement. I consist of 3 snaps, 2 snaps, and 1 snap to rate a movie. I also allow 1/2 snap increments.
We have an ever increasing list movie titles. Here are a few that we have reviewed: Paterson, Nightmare before Christmas, Poetic Justice, the Kindergarten teacher, and We are Animals. Check it out.
This has been a reminder that even in a pandemic, war, or Apocalyptic moments; I have a birthday. So, it should be celebrated. It should be broadcasted and treated with the same appreciation as money.
I have grown numb to fact that my birthday is just another day. It seems time and societal norms have made me feel that my birthday is a tolerance. The idea of the spotlight being pointed at me. I survived this far but do I enjoyed the ride?
My birthday is not only about me, it is about my tribe who support me. It about the doctors who helped me enter this world. My mother, father, brother, stepfathers, stepmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandfathers and grandmothers who are my family. My friends that have supported me. My enemies who have challenged me. My previous jobs that taught me the work ethic. My business that taught me my worth.
My birthday is a celebration to remind me that I didn’t do this alone. They helped CharRon be CharRon.
So Thank you and cheers to them. Happy birthday to me.
I am excited that May is here but Co-vid has made me look at my days I like.
Star Wars Day
May the fourth be with you all. I am shock how the day is flowing and the night is creeping upon us. Since, I would normally celebrate hump day today, it feels exciting to have extra reason to celebrate. Today is Star Wars Day. So, now, you and your kids can wear your Star Wars apparel without celebrating halloween or conventions. It makes me wonder how many bosses will dress like Darth Vader to work and walk around in the office halls. Talk about superiority complex.
Cinco de Mayo
I really need to understand the history of Cinco de Mayo because it is not celebrated the right way. Americans misunderstanding has become a stereotypical drinking celebration like St. Patrick day.
Mother’s day is upon us. I find it hard to celebrate it since I live so far from my mother. But I do have children and their mothers are wonderful in their own right. So, I have to pay attention to them and make it enjoyable.
I am excited to see an interview done on me. Thank you to Izzy Lala for asking and writing the article. It was an amazing experience because it was a chance to see someone else’s point of view of me.
Plus, I started to understand the image that I projected publicly. Since being a tone setter is a statement, I enjoy being the first poet to starts the show.
My roots with poetry are long. I have been writing since I was 10 years old. A lot of my early poems were turned into rap lyrics immediately. While most poets have their heroes: Robert Frost, E.E. Cummings, Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, etc. my heroes were rappers (emcees).
Street poetry was the coined term before Hip Hop was a culture. Most critics say that rapping is not poetry. I counter that remark with this: evolution is a recurring event. So, when poets view some new or strange styles of poetry, they need to understand the importance is still the words.
I thought about how to define my own poetry. I assumed poetry was similar to a painting or music. I made it for someone to read or recite and build their own interpretation.
But reading Austin Kleon’s book, Show Your Work, revealed my work can’t tell stories by itself. My poetry is my work. So I have to explain the unfamiliar parts because what I do is me.
As a published author, Michael has written several books and hosted or facilitated poetry groups. Keynote poetry being his primary purpose, he has use his skills to maneuver with young rappers and college professors. His latest endeavor is Directing a Theater play called When I get free, that is poetry driven. Like Hamilton, there are scenes that have lines but the Poems are the powerful parts of the story.
Poetry: his escape
His new persona: Inkcredible Poet
Page vs. Stage
His admiration towards Tupac
Theater poetry defined
Being a Director
Mathematics of poetry
Word wizzards affiliation
Event and Social media
Check out the theatrical debut: When I get free at Ooley Theater on February 8 at 7pm 2007 28th Street.