George Watsky’s Spoken Word Poem

Questions:

1. George Watsky’s spoken word poem “Tiny Glowing Screens Pt. 2” deals with a significance of concealed feelings and the results of living in a westernized society that often asks us to conceal and suppress feelings for the benefit of everyone else.

Talk about how Watsky engages with this idea of concealed or even suppressed feelings and how he reacts baring his interior feelings to the rest of the world. Be sure to use specific examples from the text to support your thinking. Lyrics can be found at Genius.com.

2. In Watsky’s essay “Fa Kieu,” we are introduced to three different schools that all present different challenges to a young George in search of identity: Buena Vista, Alamo, and Estacada.

Take one of these schools and explain briefly what influence they left on Watsky and what coping mechanisms he used to handle his time there.

3. In Watsky’s essay “What Year Is It?” we are introduced to the disability that Watsky has lived with for most of his life: epilepsy. For Watsky, epilepsy is not an entirely debilitating condition, but one that has influenced and affected his life in significant ways.

Explain how Watsky came to terms with his disability and why his writing about his condition might be valuable to readers also experiencing their own issues with disability(s).

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