I’m not one for poetry, BUT I love slam poetry. To my mind, poetry is a verbal art form and should never ever be left solely on the written page. I’ve been to poetry slams, and my favorite thing about them is that they encourage critique of the status quo and a freedom of self-expression. In short, these poets say the things that we, as a whole, don’t have the courage to say.
Here are my 5 favorite slam poems. In slam poetry culture, if you like it, snap your fingers.
Lily Myers “Shrinking Women”
She says what most women are afraid to. *snaps fingers*
Neil Hilborn “OCD”
Honest. Heartbreaking. *snaps fingers*
Rachel Rostad “To JK Rowling, From Cho Chang”
A scathing look at the minor characters in Harry Potter. While I don’t agree with everything Rostad brings up, she had me at “I am plastered across movie screens, a best-selling caricature.” *Snaps fingers*
Mark Grist “Girls Who Read”
I’m a girl who reads. *Snaps fingers*
Rachel McKibbens “Last Love”
“Last love, every day without you was a life I crawled out of.” *Snaps fingers*