Thursday, September 27, 2012

Slamming Perseus

Slam poetry was one thing I didn't know about when I woke up yesterday morning. I had never heard of Corinna Bain either. What I experienced, when a former student sent me a YouTube link for Bain's 2010 performance of "... and her severed head said to Perseus," might prompt me to investigate and write.
Watching and analyzing the slam itself isn't enough for a Reception Paper. Scholarly inquiry would necessitate reading the artist's own webpage and digging for any critical analysis of the poet's work. But Bain's recitation is sufficiently provocative, leading me to think that her treatment of the Perseus/Medusa myth — and her infusion of Perseus/Andromeda — will reward close scrutiny.

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