Spoken Word

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In the mid-1980’s Marc Smith, along with a gaggle of word-wielding friends, began what would become the poetry movement known as Spoken Word. To be honest, the movement isn’t so much a movement as it is a series of related movements– from spoken word to slam to hip hop to, well, forms of poetry that haven’t even been named yet. At its core was, as former poet laureate of the United States Billy Collins said, a desire to free the poems from “the prison cell of the page.” For this reason, we’ll be listening to tons and tons of poets reading their own work as well as writing and performing our own work.

Check back shortly — I’ll be posting all sorts of videos, poems, and various other things related to our (all too) brief study of spoken word poetry.