These are my notes from the "Poets on Poetry" session where Kurtis Lamkin opened the Dodge Poetry Festival
on Thursday morning.
The power of words, the magic comes out of your being, to be put into someone elses' head. Feedback is important. When the poems go out there, the poet needs to know how they knock around in someone's head.
A good line from "Foxes Manifesto" - "believing is all a child does for a living"
Kurtis closed the session with a performance of "Jump Mama" which made my day. It is a wonderful story of coming "heavy home" and getting the child within awakened. The story, the setting, the jump rope chant, all put together is purely magical.
He reads with no paper, no book. They are all memorized poems. I was going to ask him how many he knows and I answered my own question. He knows them all; the finished ones and the ones that are not yet finished.