Chapter 15: Furbelows, Lozenges, and Doohickeys

If you compare “Hip Hop Analogies” to Yolanda Franklin’s earlier “Elegy for Shawn: Omega B-Boy Stance,” you can see why I put so much influence on the similarities between poetry and music. But notice the differences: whereas Franklin’s poem lifts off and circles and returns like improvisational jazz, “Hip Hop Analogies” is as tight as one of Mozart’s fugues, in which one phrase (“If you be”) is introduced and then interwoven with another (“then I be”). What a lovely idea: Betts is just speaking the truth that you can be one thing and I can be another, yet we become something so much bigger and better when we come together as one.