Poetry Slam

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August 24, 2010 by esarsea

I stumbled across a couple interesting videos the other day, and learned that they were examples of Poetry Slam. I’d never heard of the art form prior to that. Interesting, and entertaining stuff.

This from Wiki

“A poetry slam is a competition at which poets read or recite original work (or, more rarely, that of others). These performances are then judged on a numeric scale by previously selected members of the audience.

Typically, poetry slam is highly politicized, speaking on many issues including current social and economic issues, gendered injustices, and racial issues. Poets are judged not only on the content of their slam but the manner of delivery and passion behind their words.”

Here’s the two videos that caught my attention. The performances are by Taylor Mali, a former school teacher:

For those interested, here’s a link for PoetrySlam.com, a non-profit organization who’s mission is to, “…promote the performance and creation of poetry while cultivating literary activities and spoken word events in order to build audience participation, stimulate creativity, awaken minds, foster education, inspire mentoring, encourage artistic statement and engage communities worldwide in the revelry of language.”

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