Saturday, November 26, 2011

modern poetry ii

what it is: (a masterpiece of) modern poetry
where i found it: a confusing and intriguing street poster in harlem


Along the same lines as the other modern poetry post from a few days ago (it's been called an "urban operetta"), but far more extraordinary is R. Kelly's Trapped in the Closet serial "drama". You've probably already experienced it, in which case it's time for a reviewing. If you've never seen it please do so at once.

It's easy to write it off as stupid, but the more you watch it, the more it sucks you in. As it evolves, it really exceeds boundaries of definition, taste, humor, musical drama and any other pigeonholes you can think of. At first my wife wanted to murder me because I kept making her watch episode after episode and then she got pulled in too, but then she hated it again, but then she thought it was funny again. And that's kind of how it goes.

I have many thoughts and a rainbow of emotional reactions to this thing, but you should just watch it. All.

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