n. A style of spoken word
poetry that is generally used in a competition, known as a poetry slam
. Often, as with hip-hop
music, the subject matter concerns urban life, crime, drugs, or other inner-city-related subjects. The difference in many cases, however, is that with slam poetry, the words/lyrics are more introspective and creative than your run-of-the-mill hit rap song. Also seems influenced by the Beat Poet
s, such as Allen Ginsberg
and Jack Kerouac
Beau Sia wrote a book of slam poetry
called "A Night Without Armor II: The Revenge," which probably really pissed off Jewel Kilcher
A type of poetry expressing a persons personal story and/or struggle usually in an intensely emotional style. Very powerful, sincere, and moving.
Katie Mkkai's poem "Pretty"
"Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices" has many fantastic examples of Slam Poetry
The only thing known to man that makes anyone under the age of 30 like poetry.
Katie Makkai's Pretty
Mike Gerbino's Ugly Sunset
Taylor Phillips MSA 2009 Scholarship Poem Well, Thank You
The poetry that thrives in a culture of non-readers. Very sincere, bad poetry. Delivered in front of and given encouragement from a small group of people who are also bad poets. Slam poets think that their poetry is more powerful if they just yell it. Sincerely painful to listen to. It's bad poetry. They try very hard, but they have no idea what they're doing.
Most slam poetry could be better classified as motivational speaking or stand-up comedy.