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Poetry Month at TCC: Spoken Word Poetry

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of National Poetry Month!

What is Spoken Word Poetry?

According to the Poetry Foundation, spoken word poetry is a "broad designation for poetry intended for performance. Though some spoken word poetry may also be published on the page, the genre has its roots in oral traditions and performance. Spoken word can encompass or contain elements of rap, hip-hop, storytelling, theater, and jazz, rock, blues, and folk music. Characterized by rhyme, repetition, improvisation, and word play, spoken word poems frequently refer to issues of social justice, politics, race, and community." 

 


The poems below cover sensitive topics like mental health, racism, bullying, and identity. 

Additional Resources

Interested in viewing more spoken word and slam poetry? Visit the links below.