The Art of Spoken Word Poetry. ARTICLE #3
First of all. What is Spoken Word? It’s a collaboration of rhythmic techniques and words that generally consist of storytelling or poetry. In a form of entertainment, People perform these arts focusing on the words themselves with hand gestures, acting, some variety of beat in the background, facial expressions and dynamics of tones.
Spoken Word Poetry became popular in the mainstream media after Gil Scott-Heron released a spoken word poem “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” on an album in the 1970’s.
Spoken word has been said to be an outlet, a safe place for teens who manage to get emotion onto a piece of paper.
Spoken Word Poetry is performed a lot of the times in competition setting. Often called a poetry slam, which started in Chicago in 1986 by a man named Marc Smith, The first national poetry slam was held in San Francisco, California, Which is now held every year since then, It is the largest poetry slam competition in the world.
In Minnesota, There is an association called the MN Spoken Word Association located in Minneapolis often bring teens from all over to Open Mics for expressional purposes, often on the first Mondays of every month. At the Minneapolis Central Library, on May 7th, is the Youth Poetry Festival another way to interconnect people through expression.
Project V.O.I.C.E, which stands for Vocal Outreach Into Creative Expression, is a “movement” that celebrates and inspires youth’s self expression through poetry. Directors of Project Voice say “Spoken word is an instrument through which they can explore and understand their culture, society, and ultimately themselves.” They’ve traveled across the country to schools from elementary to universities, performing varieties of spoken art performance. Ranging from comedy, personal, environmental, ect.
Spoken Word Poetry, Is an artform of entertainment that is gradually booming in America,
bringing Youth together.