I’ve been thinking about the story Jon Bowles told our staff earlier this week. Jon’s church, Beggar’s Table, brought in a poet named Kevin Coval. Coval is kind of a big deal, and is an unlikely person to do a reading in a Christian church. First of all, he’s Jewish. He’s also profane, and a little shocking at times. But Coval is part of an emerging art from that I think could be important. Mostly, he is leaning into the prophetic tradition, so I’m inclined to listen. Coval is part of what is called hip-hop poetics. He’s a stunning performer and writer. I use those terms in that order because his poetic sensibility is meant to be performed more than read from a page.
Here’s another video of Coval performing a poem called “My g-dself Loose.”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeVyvGFp2Xc