The Comedic Poem
In the past, I have had folk ask why I don’t write more serious poems. I think all of my poems are serious even when dressed in humor. The fact that a chuckle might erupt during a poem when talking about the government in my pants, or my son relating to my sexuality, or the expectation of my being an angry black woman, doesn’t make them less serious. If I walked around constantly channeling the way this world treats me as a black woman, black queer woman, black queer educated woman, black educated queer mother, and on and on, I’d be so angry there would be no words. There is a line in the Avengers Movie, stay with me here, where Captain America (oh the irony) tells Bruce Banner, “Now would be a good time to get angry.” And Banner replies, “That’s my secret, I’m always angry.” This is what it is like to be Black in America, a constant slow simmer. So I don’t Hulk out every other day, humor channels that anger and sometimes I make other people boil.
I met Jonathan Samuel Eddie, the man with three first names, several years ago. The first time I heard his poetry it was so funny in that uncomfortable way, I thought,” WHO IS THIS HUMAN!! AND WHAT THE FUCK IS HAPPENING TO MY BRAIN?” He has a way of wrapping his experiences of blackness in humor while still communicating the message of mistreatment, family, history and the pain of loss.
Jonathan Samuel Eddie, the man with three first names, is not just a poet. He is an actor, director, playwright, and coaches the Fountain City Youth Slam Team in Columbus, Georgia. He is currently a member of the Java Monkey Slam Team with poets Mista Funn, Adan Bean, Miss Haze, and Nate Mask, who will be traveling to Oakland soon to compete in the National Poetry Slam.
Jonathan Samuel Eddie is a Spoken Word Comedian, delicately and hilariously merging both art forms with every syllable that falls form his lips. A native of Columbus, GA. and an alumnus of Georgia Southern University, Jonathan Samuel Eddie is a lover of any and everything that is art and humor. This love has lead him to the spoken word, having competed in and won several poetry slams across the USA with his wit and writing. Jonathan Samuel Eddie is the poet your mother didn’t warn you about.
Whether writing humorous poems about being a choreographically challenged black man, the stereotypes attached to black folks and tardiness, or seriously about fashion and not in a funny way.
Don’t discount humor in poetry and don’t think that we don’t have range. We do. He does.
And did I mention his sock with flip flop game is on point!
Jonathan Samuel Eddie – Jonathan Samuel Eddie is a spoken word comedian hailing from Columbus, GA. This alumnus of Georgia Southern University is a lover of any and everything that is art. He represented the city of Atlanta at the National Poetry Slam competition as a member of the 2012 and 2014 Art Amok Poetry Slam Teams. He was also the 2012 and 2014 Grand Slam Champion at Art Amok. At the 2014 and 2015 Southern Fried Regional Poetry Festival, he ranked among the top 10 individual competing poets. Jonathan is now a proud member of the 2015 Java Monkey Slam Team, representing Atlanta. As an actor, he has graced stages in productions such as Blues For An Alabama Sky, The Foreigner, and Clybourne Park to name a few. He portrays Crispus Attucks in an interactive video display at the African American Military History Museum in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. As a director, Jonathan has overseen numerous productions, including three of his original works to stage, STIMULUS, Blues For Mama, and WORDS through his company, Yellow Mojo Productions. He has opened up for the likes of comedians such as Bruce Bruce and Earthquake, and was a featured stand up comic at the 2014 Black Box Comedy Festival in Atlanta, GA. He currently serves as the founder/director of the Fountain City Teen Poetry Slam, an organization that inspires youth to use their creativity as a positive outlet in their daily lives. From his work as a wellness instructor with the Muscogee County Juvenile Drug Court system, he has also designed an effective and fun-filled curriculum that teaches students life skills through creative writing. Students have experienced the benefits of this auxiliary arts education in their intellectual, personal, and social development. Through weekly workshops, poetry slams, national/regional/local performance opportunities, and community service, he’s blessed to watch the future take shape one word at a time.
Website soon to go live JonSamEdd.com