VERBicide by Jeff De Verb is a lyrical offering from the many perspectives of a maturing Spoken Word poet. The energy throughout the project keeps things fresh, while the slick wordplay brings one back again and again.
Poet Jeff De Verb opens the project like a love letter from one mind to another. He takes his time in speaking to his lady, empowering her and showering her with his affections. However, after the heartfelt poem ‘The Valley‘, everything about the project shifts drastically. (more…)
Group pieces are always fun. Your typical group piece takes ample time and practice to create a single profound and succinct message. The message touched on by Separate From Separation is one of love and unity.
The video, itself, builds a tone with soft background music, and is powerful in its minimalist nature. Despite, how little there is going on in the video, the separation of the speakers is striking and obvious. This a dope piece, but even doper video.
Re/Verb is expanding into book review territory to give writers and lyricists a chance to promote their work on page. The challenge it takes to get a book printed and published in any form is worth great merit. The poets featured not only took great strides in writing these works, they took further strides in the production of a means to distribute this art.
The debut writer featured in our Re/Verb Book Review is Nate Mask, an artist who has been quickly gaining esteem in Atlanta’s Spoken community. His ability to remain sincere in all crowds has garnered him a following respectful of his ability and tenacity.
“Love is for SUCKERS is my second book”, he says. “the first was called ‘Well This Is Awkward…’. My inspiration really just comes from personal experiences. Poetry really started as therapy for me, so most of my poems start out as something that I feel like I need to get out. This book in particular started out kind of as a joke because it’s not really what I thought people would expect from me, but then I realized that I had a lot of material, and it morphed into a look at my growth as a person and in my relationships.”
By teacher, I don’t mean someone paid to stand in classrooms, repeat text books word for word, and assign classwork.
By teacher, I mean someone committed to the education and well-being of future generations.
Matthew Foley is a teacher.
As an active writer and Spoken Word artist, Foley takes his teachings beyond the classroom. Entertaining and uplifting, Foley specializes in pastoral, often bohemian imagery that is irresistibly inspirational while smacking of spirituality. Foley’s debut album, What You will Need In Class Today, combines these stylings with Foley’s passion for the classroom. The result is a classic spoken word album with great production, that should be celebrated by pop-folk poets nationwide.
Twice, both a song and an example of poetic brilliance, is only 4 stanzas long (two of which are a refrain) yet carries the weight and depth of a thousand stories. The poet within me is absolutely mesmerized by the artistry of pieces that are concise and poignant, yet engorged with layers of meaning. Almost anyone can find and/or lose themselves within the words because they’re ubiquitous in nature.
Each time you listen to this song you could take a different meaning from it based upon where you are in life. Once you add the instrumentals, a simultaneously soothing and gripping arrangement of soulful and ethereal sounds, the weight of that meaning is intensified. The foundation of it is a set of rich, deep and somber tones accompanied by lighter airy tones that make you think of water and bird song. Couple the track with the creative imagery of ‘Dreams from the Woods’ by Johannes Nyholm, and the song morphs into an experience. The counterbalance of it all is enchanting, haunting and yet heavily reminiscent of life. Each listen has the potential to touch you on a deeper level.