Poetry & Posture

Recently I’ve become hyper-aware of not being able to concentrate on readings by writers who stand or sit really badly. Is this a problem for anyone else? It seems to be particularly bad amongst poets although I also notice it with some fiction writers. I just can’t take in what someone reading their work is saying when they place way too much weight on one side of their body throughout their performance, or if they’re slumped really badly. Instead of paying attention to their work, I’m just fixated on the aesthetically unpleasing way in which they hold themselves!

Too many of the poets (in particular) who I see performing look like they spend all their time reading and writing – or else combining those activities with a university job (or some similar time wasting white collar employment). They either need to use a gym or get a labouring job, so that they shape up their bodies and gain better posture… and if more poets don’t start doing this then I’m going to boycott their readings!

And while you’re at it don’t forget to check – www.stewarthomesociety.org – you know it makes (no) sense!

About mistertrippy

Stewart Home was born in south London in 1962. His mother Julia Callan-Thompson was a showgirl and club hostess. He has never held down a regular job for more than a few months at a time. On those rare occasions when he's been forced to work, Home has taken employment as a factory labourer, agricultural labourer, shop assistant, office clerk and art class model. Deciding he didn't like working in factories as a teenager, Home pursued cultural and political interests, writing many books and participating in even more gallery exhibitions.
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23 thoughts on “Poetry & Posture

  1. Aye Tee says:

    These peeps need my soon to be published magnum opus “Yoga For Poets”!

  2. Cal Punter says:

    So is a poet just a poseur with bad posture?

  3. Maria Pérez-Pujazón says:

    You know Bukowski in one of his readings ended up fighting an arm wrestling with someone from the public? he probably made that up but doesnt make a difference. Made me think of Artaud…

  4. Robert Bond says:

    Iain Sinclair started as a poet & his posture is okay.

  5. Broken Dolls Fan says:

    Bad posture turns me on!

  6. Lynne Robinson says:

    Good posture is poetry!

  7. Raoul Meathead says:

    The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry of bad posture!

  8. Stuart Murphy says:

    Maybe they should try standing on there head. . . . . . . I’ll get me coat.

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  10. mistertrippy says:

    Yeah, they’d have to work up their arm and core muscles to do that so it would definitely help! Smart thinking!

  11. The Ghost of Dorian Gray says:

    These badly posturing poets are a complete write off!

  12. Eric Zann says:

    What about if rather than sitting or standing those poets with bad posture lay flat on their backs when they read in public? I think that would solve your problem.

  13. Sidney Clarke says:

    A poet’s place is on their back – with their legs spread!

  14. Yeah and since poetry has been dominated by men we’ll have those male poets lying dead on their backs with women standing proudly above them and reading way better verse than these biological abortions….

  15. Frank Discussion says:

    The difference between this blog post and the comments beneath it seems to be that between posture and posturing.

  16. Kellie Gillespie-Wright says:

    Slumping’s never a good thing – I recommend pilates or standing on your head…

  17. Ignatious Pope says:

    Those poets should get off their asses instead of sitting around reading all day!

  18. Gary Grunt says:

    Bring back Steven ‘Seething’ Wells! Now that’s what I call poetry!

  19. Maria Pérez-Pujazón says:

    poets need to stop being so attached to their brains and hearts…the best organ is always the stomach.

  20. C. J. Aestheticus says:

    Poets should learn to do variety not just rely on one thing when they perform….

  21. Ha-Satan says:

    difficile est proprie communia dicere; tuque
    rectius Iliacum carmen deducis in actus
    quam si proferres ignota indictaque primus.
    publica materies priuati iuris erit, si
    non circa uilem patulumque moraberis orbem,
    nee uerbo uerbum curabis reddere fidus interpres,
    nee desilies imitator in artum,
    unde pedem proferre pudor uetet aut operis lex.

  22. David Porter says:

    That’s me written off then.

  23. mistertrippy says:

    Only if you write yourself off – it doesn’t take much effort to sort these things out, and you’ll feel better for it too if you do!