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Friday, November 30, 2007

Poetry Friday: Poetry Slam with Taylor Mali

Want a change from reading some poetry? How about listening to some poetry slam? I can't imagine anyone finding poetry boring if they had a chance to listen to poetry slam--competitive poetry readings judged by the audience. I discovered Taylor Mali awhile ago, and loved this one poem he performs. Since Two Writing Teachers are hosting Poetry Friday today, I thought it would be a great time to share Taylor Mali's audience pumping performance in honor of all the teachers out there. The text to What Teachers Make is here.

Also, in case you'd like to find out more about this particular artform, you can find other poems to listen to over at LivePoetsDotCom. CAUTION: There are a few poems with swear words, etc. on this site, so don't let a child listen to this until you okay it first.

If you're ready to try performing in a poetry slam, Taylor offers A Baker's Dozen Secrets of Slam: 13 Tips for Performing Poetry in Public. Any takers?

5 comments:

Stacey from Two Writing Teachers said...

Thanks for participating. Here's the roundup: http://twowritingteachers.wordpress.com/2007/12/01/poetry-friday-roundup/.

Have a great weekend!

Sara said...

His tips were great. I bookmarked them for future reference, when I host a Slam or something. I never have, but this makes me want to!!

HipWriterMama said...

Thanks, Stacey! I just changed the link on this post.

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Sara,
I'd love to hear your poetry slam. I read somewhere that Nikki Giovanni competes in these sometimes, but couldn't find a video of it. Her's would be awesome.

jama said...

I've been to two poetry slams, one in NYC, lower east side, and the other at the Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts Barns, here in Virginia.
Both were incredible -- so much energy, and the poems became real live entities, not just words on a page (or going through your mind as you read). It was different from having a teacher read a poem aloud, too. The slams were more a spoken word rock concert. Thanks for the video!

HipWriterMama said...

Jama,
"Spoken word rock concert." That is exactly what it is, isn't it?