Short Take on Plattapussy by RC Weslowski
“That’s as clear as it’s going to get. It’s all the brainwashing will allow.”
RC Weslowski is a poet’s poet. He has combined clowning with spoken word in a way that has massively influenced the Vancouver spoken word scene. Weslowski prefers the term he’s coined, ‘spoken weird’, to describe his approach to the art form. Sometimes his boundary-pushing approach is embraced by audience, and sometimes it leaves them perplexed, even alienated. Other poets, however, are united in their appreciation of the risks Weslowski takes in his performative experiments.
Weslowski’s latest release, Plattapussy
, has plenty of playful surrealism, but contains less glossolalia than his earlier albums, opting for a more direct and conversational tone. This mix of abstraction and simplicity results in at least two masterpieces: “It Begins”, a call to transform misery into art by “tagging your lives on the blistering lips of the sun”, and “Floyd Jones”, a narrative poem about an ex-miner who turns creative profanity into a new sort of mysticism.