Social Spoken: Bob Holman on Technology's Impact on Life


"I got time on my hands, ‘cause I speak with my thumbs. Don't you know that texting a message just becomes the all-new talking drums?"

The tenth and final poet in our summer poetry series is Bob Holman.  We hope you have enjoyed this series, and that it gave you a little different way of learning about the power of the network in our daily lives.

Holman's poem, "The Impossibility of Impossibility," tells the story of how technology is all around us and we can choose to participate or not, but it waits for no one.

Holman was dubbed a member of the "Poetry Pantheon" by the New York Times Magazine.  He has previously been crowned "Ringmaster of the Spoken Word" (New York Daily News), "Poetry Czar" (Village Voice), and "this generation's Ezra Pound" (San Francisco's Poetry Flash).  He is the founder and owner of the Bowery Poetry Club in New York City.

All of the original poems in our Social Spoken series focus on the real-life uses and impact of the network on our daily lives.

Other poets featured in this series are Aneta Brodski, Bob Holman, Rachna Vohra, Aja Monet, Edwin Torres, Jon Sands, Patrick Rosal, Tahani Salah, and Shappy Seasholtz.  The dates of the poems are listed here.

Our first poet in the series was Aneta Brodski.  You can view Aneta's poem here.
Our second poet in the series was Rachna Vohra. You can view Rachna's poem here.
Our third poet in the series was Aja Monet. You can view Aja's poem here.
Our fourth poet in the series was Jon Sands. You can view Jon's poem here.
Our fifth poet in the series was Patrick Rosal.  You can view Patrick's poem here.
Our sixth poet in the series was Tahani Salah.  You can view Tahani's poem here.
Our seventh poet in the series was Shappy Seasholtz. You can view Shappy's poem here.
Our eighth poet in the series is Edwin Torres.  You can view Edwin's poem here
Our ninth poet in the series was Mahogany Brown. You can view Mahogany's poem here.

More on Bob Holman here.  You can follow him on Twitter @BobHolmanPoet.

The Network: Cisco's Technology News Site worked with Ironbound Films to produce a series of original poems written and performed by some of the best spoken word poets in the world. All performances were filmed at the famous Bowery Poetry Club in Manhattan.

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About John Earnhardt @urnhart

John Earnhardt was the Director of Social Media Communications at Cisco.