And I'm not sure that I'm hearing the story.
Spoken word and performance poetry is an increasingly recognized genre. I don't know that it is "mainstream" - whatever that means - but neither is it characteristically subcultural. The result of a growing appreciation for the art is a surge of people feeling more empowered to share their own. I'm all for that. I love that I'm playing more and more shows with folks who want to try their hand at poetry.
But spoken word is more than talking into a microphone. And poetry is more than a series of truth statements.