Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Democratisation of Verse?

Slam poetry is a postmodern performance poetry, a form of spoken word... One of the goals of slam poetry is to challenge the authority of anyone who claims to know absolutely what literary quality is. Slam poets wish to give audience members the power to become part of each poem's presence, thus breaking down the barriers between poet/performer, critic and audience. Bob Holman, a poetry activist and former slammaster of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, once called the movement 'the democratization of verse.

If you think poetry is only for those quiet, nerdy, too smart for their kind, boring, and intellectual kids. Think again, love. :)

1 poetic mutterings:

nis said...

never thought there was so much poetry slams before. i mean there's not enough publicity for these things.
the people really deserve to know about their existence.
by the way, thanks for dropping by at my academic blog.