I found my new love, Spoken Word Poetry. It is one of the literary forms I am very addictive of. I enjoy listening to Spoken Word Poetry as much as I enjoy listening to latest pop songs. I know the word “poetry” sounds intimidating as if it belongs to a subculture. Our notion is that poetry is for people who study literature, who read works of Geoffrey Chaucer, Oscar Wilde. If not, it is for people who pretend they can write or pretend they are well-read. But Spoken Word Poetry is different. It can appeal to a large audience. It can be very entertaining.
Spoken Word Poetry is written to be performed on stage. It is written for both the ears and the eyes. I like this medium of self-expression because it combines storytelling, theater, and poetry. Unlike poems published, it is more palatable and conversational. Trust me, it is not a difficult art to appreciate. I am not a good listener and I have short attention span but I manage to listen an 18-minute performance while I am doing other tasks.
Here are some of my favorite performances. I am not going to explain and describe further because I want you to watch and discover the beauty of Spoken Word Poetry.
OCD by Neil Hilborn
This video has been viral. Watch this and you will understand why the world fell in love with this poem. It is about a man who has obsessive compulsive disorder. And I am very much obsessed with this guy. My heart broke after I heard the last line.
Love Poem Medley by Rudy Francisco
I love this guy! He is very witty and funny. He has a lot of cheesy lines.
I heard that love is blind so, I write all my poems in braille
And my poems are never actually finished because true love is endless
Touchscreen by Marshal Soulful Jones
If you spend more than eight hours on the internet, always take photos of the food you eat, make friends in Yahoo chatroom and Skype, this is for you.
One Color by Neil Hilborn and Renee Schminkey
If ever Reproductive Health Bill should be discussed again, this poetry should be heard.
But was never taught that there are worse things that could happen than a baby or a disease.
Shrinking Women by Lily Myers
As you know, I have soft spot on issues about women. This girl described struggles of women in conforming to gender norms.