Being a good poet.
“I despair the distinction made between “page” and “performance” poets. A good poem is a good poem, it matters not one jot what style it is. If the writer is also able to give a verbal delivery that is enjoyable to an audience then surely that is a good thing. I fail to see how it could be other. Being a good poet does not mean one cannot be an equally good performer. And vice versa! Also NOT being a good performer has absolutely no bearing whatsoever on one’s ability to write good poetry. Anyone who writes good poetry, is able to deliver said poetry well, and WISHES to do so in public, should — to my mind — be encouraged to do so.”
– Fiona Lindsay, Edinburgh-based, barefoot, slam-winning poet.