I’ve been a fan of slam poetry for a while. I used to spend hours in the middle of the night listening and watching poets perform their poems on Youtube. They were fabulous and powerful, and they totally blew me away.
What is Slam Poetry, you ask?
If you don’t know what slam poetry is, it’s a free-verse type of poetry that is intended to be performed and while it doesn’t have to, it usually addresses some sort of social or political issue by ranting or satire to push change, inspire, or for the poet to simply express their feelings or opinions. If you’ve seen any of the performances on Youtube, you know how absolutely awesome these poets are.
Slam poetry is something that is relatively new and mostly popular with the younger generations, but it is inspired and influenced by older types of poetry dating way back (like way way back).
Why am I blogging about it?
Anyway, the reason I’m bringing up slam poetry is because in my AP English Lit class we were assigned to write a slam poem and to present it (although the presenting wasn’t required unless you wanted the possibility of getting an A- which I did want, but I am terrible at performing so I decided to settle with the possibility of a B and not perform my poem). Few people in my class actually knew what slam poetry was, but pretty much everyone ended up loving it- even if they hated the idea of writing their own piece (aka me).
Since then, I’ve shared some slam poems with my friends and my mom and they’ve all found it to be very interesting and moving.
The poem I wrote?
I won’t share my poem because I’m incredibly insecure about my writing, especially when it comes to poems or stories or anything of the sort, but it was about feminism, focusing on rape and victim-blaming.
And, I’ll share some of my favorite poems from Youtube!
*Warning: there is some explicit language and mature topics*