I have to admit, I’ve never been too much of a fan of poetry. It’s a little confusing to me and people tend to read it out loud with strange voices and the structural aspects of it are confusing.
But Slam Poetry is everything.
These girls kill it. I mean they are totally in sync, they speak from the heart, and they bring up a great message. It isn’t confounding or difficult to listen to or annoying. Here is what it is: thought-provoking. Sure, they could get the same point across through an essay or something, but it wouldn’t be as powerful or moving. Plus, these girls are just teenagers. Hail to the monsters.
And this guy. How on point is this? He takes one line that he overheard one friend say to another on a bus, and he threw it into a social context that made me listen and experience and see just a glimpse of the pain and suffering that rape and other violences impose on the world. Powerful stuff.
I don’t aspire to ever be as talented as these individuals; they are so great at what they do. But they have helped me see poetry in a whole new light and I really am enjoying this newly discovered genre.