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Slam Poetry: A Poetic Evolution, Starting a Revolution.

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Kerri Brown

on 28 October 2013

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Transcript of Slam Poetry: A Poetic Evolution, Starting a Revolution.

Slam Poetry: A Poetic Evolution, Starting a Revolution.
What is it?
One of the most vital and energetic movements in poetry during the 1990s, slam has revitalized interest in poetry in performance. Poetry began as part of an oral tradition, and movements like the Beats and the poets of Negritude were devoted to the spoken and performed aspects of their poems. This interest was reborn through the rise of poetry slams across America; while many poets in academia found fault with the movement, slam was well received among young poets and poets of diverse backgrounds as a democratizing force. This generation of spoken word poetry is often highly politicized, drawing upon racial, economic, and gender injustices as well as current events for subject manner.
"When God Happens"
by Mike Rosen
How does Rosen, who was a child during 9/11, make a political statement about The War on Terror?

Choose one line that echos for you.
-Write the line.
-Explain how you can connect with this line as a teen, man, American, child, etc...
"When Love Arrives"
Sarah Kay and Phil Kaye
How does a poem performed by two people differ from a poem performed by one?

What would be lost in this poem if only one of these two poets performed it?
"Rigged Game"
by Dylan Garity
In your notebooks, please explain: why is it important that this poem be read aloud as opposed to read on the page?

Choose one line that sticks out to you: what about his word choice echos for the listener?
"Like Totally Whatever, You Know?"
By Taylor Mali
Taylor Mali, before gaining wild success as a poet, was a high school teacher. How do you think this past influences his poem?

Why is it entirely necessary to hear this poem aloud?
Your Assignment:

This coming year is Sandwich's 375th Anniversary. It is not only the oldest town in Cape Cod, it is one of the oldest towns in our country.

We have been asked to create a poem for the Sandwich Time Capsule.

To begin, please write a poem about ONE part of Sandwich that sticks out to you. We will then use our written words to ignite our spoken word performance.
Ideas to Ponder...
Actual history of Sandwich

Those we've lost

Youth in Sandwich

Tourist idea vs. reality

The Landscape

The doors of Sandwich

Community... how we are linked.
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