Spoken Poetry: the Rules of Social Discontent

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Radu Andriescu


This paper is an attempt to analyze the relative success of spoken poetry in the last decades. Poetry slams have become venues that attract more and more young talented people, larger audiences and the interest of the media. This should make us reconsider the role of poetry in the present cultural and social environment. I will insist on the importance of form and conventions in generating social networks that helped transform a marginal genre into a phenomenon most appealing to the young people as well as a financial success story.

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Andriescu, R. “Spoken Poetry: The Rules of Social Discontent”. Linguaculture, vol. 3, no. 2, Dec. 2012, pp. 11-22, doi:10.47743/lincu-2012-3-2-275.
Author Biography

Radu Andriescu, Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania

Radu Andriescu is a senior lecturer at Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iaşi, Romania. He has authored seven books of poetry, the latest being The Metallurgical Forest (2008, book and CD with poems read by the author) and Metallurgic (2010). Andriescu’s study Parallelisms and Cultural Influences in Contemporary Romanian Poetry was published by Al.I. Cuza UP in 2005. His poetry has been included in a number of collections in English, such as The Poetry of Men's Lives: An International Anthology (University of Georgia Press, 2004), The New European Poets (Graywolf Press, 2008), The Vanishing Point That Whistles: An Anthology of Contemporary Romanian Poetry (Talisman House Publishers, 2011). In 2007, Longleaf Press published his book The Catalan Within. Andriescu is also one of the three Romanian prose poets included in Memory Glyphs (Twisted Spoon Press, 2009).