I’m sure you’ve heard of it. Maybe in your dreaded high school English class, maybe in a video you saw pop up online. Either way, you’ve most likely never tried it.
I’ve always loved to write. As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a pen in one hand and a book in the other. It was always my way of expressing myself when I wasn’t exactly sure how. I had never heard of spoken word poetry until my senior year of high school, when my teacher showed us a video of a woman performing a poem with such voice, such a powerful message, that it moved me more than anything I had ever heard. Eventually, it started appearing in some of my college classes, but we had only listened to it. Never done it ourselves.
It wasn’t until recently, when one of my professors required us to perform spoken word poetry in front of a room of about fifty people as a part of an assignment that I tried it myself. I wrote my poetry, hoped that it meant something important, and got up on that stage and performed it and wow. It was amazing, and not in the way when your adrenaline pumps on stage when you see the crowd, but in a weird type of stress relief way. If your poem is about something meaningful to you, it allows you to talk about it. No, really. By performing your poem, your feelings, your words on the issue, it allows you show your audience exactly how you’re feeling. You can yell, you can cry, you can do anything up on stage.
The beauty of spoken word poetry is that it can be about anything. Really! Anything! Spoken word poetry is basically rap music (RAP stands for rhythm and poetry!) without the music. And some people even use music! It can be funny, sad, happy, or confusing. It can be about something that frustrates you, something that makes you smile, or it can be something bigger than that, maybe a political statement or a social one. Spoken Word poetry allows you to do all of this and really feel everything your saying. Since its performed, it gives a depth to your words that you don’t get from just being printed on the page.
Give it a shot, and don’t say you won’t like it. You’ll never know if you don’t try!
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