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What they really mean is, a rhythm of poetry that comes out of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, that came out of the slams. My hat is off to Russell Simmons, who has found a way to get poems on HBO in a way that feeds his own business.
It gives him the back credentials for his hip-hop label, and at the same time he's magnanimous towards the art of poetry, giving us a place like that.
I saw you yesterday as you began your daily chores. As a matter of fact, you didn't even bless your meals, or pray before going to bed last night. I cannot tell you how glad I am that you have not changed your way of living, Fool, you are mine. We have been watching dirty movies, cursing people, out partying, stealing, lying, being hypocritical, indulging in fornication, overeating, telling dirty jokes, gossiping, back stabbing people, disrespecting adults and those in leadership position, NO respect for the mosque, bad attitudes: SURELY you don't want to give all this up. I'd like to say "THANKS" for letting me use you for most of your foolish life. When you are tempted to sin, you give in HA HA HA, you make me sick. It's not my nature to warn anyone, but to be your age and still sinning, it's becoming a bit ridiculous.
Remember, you and I have been going steady for years, and I still don't love you yet.
He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord. For each scene, he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand; one belonging to him, and the other to the Lord.
As with Def Comedy, Simmons appears at the end of every episode to thank the audience. Though technically not a poetry slam, Def Poetry has become heavily associated with the poetry slam movement, and utilizes many of poetry slam's best known poets, including National Poetry Slam champions such as Beau Sia, Taylor Mali, Big Poppa E, Mayda del Valle, Mike Mcgee, Alix Olson and Rives, among others.
As a matter of fact, I hate you, because I hate God. He kicked me out of heaven, and I'm going to use you as long as possible to pay him back.
You see, Fool, GOD LOVES YOU and HE has great plans in store for you.
The series features performances by established and up-and-coming spoken word poets.
Performances also include special appearances by well-known actors and musicians, as well as occasional performances by Mos Def himself.