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Transcript of Spoken Word
Rodriguez What is “Spoken Word” Poetry? - Written down, but performed infront of an audience.
- Uses natural rhythm and tone.
- It is a lot more aggressive and "in your face" compared to more traditional styles of poetry.
-A vehicle to deliver a message or opinions to a community or culture
-Themed with current events/ issues
-Written in a First person point of view/ poet's point of view
-Key elements: entertainment value; the lasting impression
-Can be used to tell a story, perform a joke or sketch or deliver a hard-hitting message
**In the simplest sense, spoken word is your own inner voice spoken aloud. 1900 1950 1920 -1930 Gil Scott-Heron
(April 1, 1949) - An American poet, musician and author, known mostly for his late 1960's and early 1970's work as a spoken word soul performer.
-Also known for his collaborative efforts with musician Brian jackson
**featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues and soul music while lyrical content concerning social and political issues.
- His works helped start the later Africa-American music genres such as hiip hop and neo soul.
- His recorded work was often associated with black militant activism
"The Revolution WIll Not Be Televised"
http://gilscottheron.net/about/ Maggie Estep -She grew up Moving throughout the US and france because of her parents who were nomadic horse trainers.
- Jack Keruoac School of Disembodied Poetics in Boulder, Co.
-Received a B.A. in Literature from the State University of New york.
-She first worked as a horse groom, a go-go dancer, a nurse's aide, and a dishwasher before she published her first novel.
She has published 7 books.
Two Spoken Word albums:
-Love is a Dog From Hell
-No More Mr. Nice Girl.
-Appeared on MTV's Spoken Word Unplugged,PBS's The United States of Poetry and most recently on Season 3 of HBO's Def Poetry (Emotional Idiot). Bob Holman - A member of the "poetry Pantheon"
-Previously crowned "Ringmaster of the Spoken Word"
-A central figure of reemergence of poetry in our culture. (From slam to hiphop, from perfromance poetry to spoken word)
-Won 3 Emmy's over six seasons of producing poetry spots for WNYC-TV.
-Recieved a Bessie performance award.
-Won an international public television award for USOP and words in your face, a production of PBS series "Alive TV."
"Walking Brooklyn Bridge"
http://www.bobholman.com/ "Sexual Healing" by: Jeff Bethke -Graduated from Pacific University in FOrest Grove, Oregon in May of 2011, with the degree in political science.
- he is currently attending Mars HIll CHurch in Federal way, where he is carrying the task of carrying the Gospel to the inner city of Tacoma, Washington.
-He is popular for his works on Youtube like, Sexual Healing and Why i hate religion and love Jesus. Characteristics of
Spoken Word Poetry What to expect from a Spoken Word Poem - Performed as "poetry reading" or "poetry slams"
Sound Emphasis Poetry
-Prompts improvisation, creativity, liberal themes, stream of consciousness, confessional
-Spoken word poets must be especially attune to their inner voice and attempt to make it interesting and compelling when spoken aloud. -Use of Concrete Language
-Attitude – “No attitude, no poem!”
-Memorization/ Familiarity Popular Spoken Word Poets History of Spoken Word Poetry Originated from: Blues Music Harlem
Renaissance "New Negro Movement" Early 1900s "The Last Poets" Modern day spoken word poetry became popular in the underground African-American community 1960 1970 1979 Became mainstream in popularity Gil Scott Heron "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" on the album,
Small Talk at 125th and Lenox 1980
brought modern spoken word poetry into written form
Mad Dog, Black Lady in on Black Sparrow Press. Wonda Coleman Adopted by college circles
Describe a new wave of performing arts Early 1980s Spoken Word Poetry Movement
of 1990 - Open up the world of poetry to an audience who have been limited to poetry through written form only
- Similar to the Beat movement
-Made Poetry Exciting again
- Popularized in 1980-1990's when Americans piqued interest
-Not always serious and is influenced heavily by television and short attention spans Goal: "To bring Poetry back to people." "The philosophy and purpose… has always been to reveal poetry as a living art… Poetry is not finding its way, it has found its way, back into everyday life. It is not only meaningful, it is also fun… It's not a floating head above a lectern. It's about getting people excited, about what you say and how you say it. The word is so good, it reminds you that no matter how bizarre life gets, you need poetry."
(about the Nuyorican Poets Café as a substantial breeding ground for the spoken word movement:) New York’s Lower Eastside
One of the oldest American venues for presenting spoken word poetry Nuyorican Poets Café 1973 First documented poetry slam. 1989 Beats -Improvisational style
-Disdain for the Academic Community
-Emphasis on Performance
-Poems are written in stream of consciousness or confessional style -Very particular about what they write; what's/who's in or out -Shared a philosophy, a political agenda -Has a rough-edged, populist attitude More diverse; intent on spreading the word of all poetry -Carries a democratizing energy Spoken Word