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Being a fan, producer, and consumer of poetry, It is always fun seeing videos of spoken word poets being able to bring their poetry life in front of an audience. As for me, well, I still haven’t gotten over my stage fright, but hopefully, I can do something about that soon. It did surprise me, however, when one day a friend of mine messaged me out of the blue and said, “Hey, Rudy Francisco is going to be in Knoxville!”
For those who don’t know who he is, Rudy Francisco is a spoken word poet who has won a few poetry competitions in his home state of California, including the 2009 National Underground Poetry Slam Championship and the 2010 Individual World Poetry Slam Championship. The guy is a true talent, and just so you know I’m not lying, I’ll link a few of his poems below:
Like I said, the guy is amazing. So, how was seeing him live?
Really fun actually. I first found out about him by seeing his stuff on YouTube, and I just kept looking around to see what else he had. However, as soon as I walked into the room where he was performing and realized I was actually going to get to watch him right there, it was exciting. From what I can tell by watching a lot of spoken word poetry because I am certainly no expert, inflection and the rhythm in your voice seems to be as important, if not more so than the words themselves, and in that regard, Francisco is a master.
I actually almost didn’t go because I wanted to hang out with some friends and watch Steven Universe, but ultimately I am glad I took the opportunity to watch him perform.
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