The weirdest gig was in a bookstore in North Carolina, where a lot of the conservative parents came out with their projections of what being black or latin was like. They came across as being very racist, it was almost kind of ludicrous.
I've been performing poetry since 12th grade, but I only started doing it professionally in 1990 when I started out in the Nuyorican cafe in New York. It's a a bar where they play music late at night. I'm not quite sure what the criterion was as far as making the selection for who should go to London. Our style is a very live, very active type of delivery. It's not a rap style, though.
My poetry is urban in its outlook, I was born in East Harlem and if it gives you an inkling of what it's like to live in East Harlem then maybe it's successful.
WP, aka Word Perfect Willie Perdomo is one of the five Nuyorican poets performing at ICA, London, SW1 (071-930 3647) 2, 3 Sept then touring nationally to 21 Sept
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