Writer Michael Botur has launched the first poetry album recorded in Northland.
Loudmouth collects 15 years of what Botur calls ‘page and pub poetry’ tested on audiences in Dunedin, Christchurch, Auckland, Whangarei and Tauranga across a decade and a half.
Loudmouth becomes one of the only spoken word NZ poetry albums on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music and Bandcamp.
Recorded with Steve Cox from Whangarei rap group OBC, Loudmouth launched with a one hour show in Whangarei on the last day of March.
The album is 35 tracks grouped into five sections - the political, the personal, historical, slamsational and criminal.
Many of the poems have been published in NZ literary journals and websites, and readings from the book of Loudmouth have been performed up and down the country from 2019 to this year.
“I published Loudmouth because I don’t agree that poets should be content just publishing a few lines twice a year in some literary journal few people will ever read,” Botur said. “It’s important to aspire to something bigger that will reach more people.”
“It’s also about going back in time and fulfilling a promise to my young Otago student self to be more confident in getting creative writing in front of audiences.”
The 37-year-old is author of ten books, has won numerous prizes and awards for fiction and poetry and performs words whenever possible, including at this year’s Auckland Improv Festival and Earth Beat Festival. Botur is included in the 2021 Auckland Writers Festival and will perform Loudmouth at Auckland’s Thirsty Dog as a non-festival sideshow on May 14.
“I don’t want to die without giving my best poetry an opportunity to impress audiences as much as possible. Every poet should put out an album, really. It was a little hard to record and release, but far from impossible.’
“I’m passionate about oratory performance,” Botur added. “All my artist friends do amazing things on a stage with a microphone and a voice - comedians, actors, musicians, improv. I have friends that make podcasts, albums and host radio shows. We need to make literature as exciting as that. Getting these poems accessible over the airwaves has been long overdue.”
Botur extended a challenge to other New Zealand poets to launch their poetry for digital download.
“We have to give voice to poetry and not confine it to the page. We have to make it exciting, entertaining and accessible.”
“Poets: get out there and publish your stuff on Distrokid like I did.”
Find Loudmouth on Distrokid here.