“Spoken word is a form of poetry that often uses alliterated prose or verse and occasionally uses metered verse to express social commentary. Traditionally it is in the first person, is from the poet’s point of view and is themed in current events... The spoken word and its most popular offshoot, slam poetry, evolved into the present day soap-box for people, especially younger ones, to express their views, emotions, life experiences or information to audiences.” (source: Wikipedia)Spoken word and slam poetry are creative and powerful ways to communicate a message. Their rhythm, emotion and personal nature can help captivate your audience in ways that a written piece or straight-up speech might not. So if you want an engaging way to articulate your message at your next charitable event or meeting, consider finding a spoken word artist in the community to SLAM the message home.
This week’s Buddha Belly Badge goes to Heather Smyth for sharing this video of the awesome piece she recited at a recent SLAM competition.
Congratulations to Heather who finished second place in the Summer Slam event! Inspiring stuff. Check out more of the slam videos on the Writer’s Community of Durham Region’s website.
So what exactly is slam poetry and spoken word? Well, according to the most trusted and reliable source in the universe, Wikipedia,