Liz’s Weekend Poetry Series: Spoken Word

by lizard

As a genre, Spoken Word is poetry performed. Line breaks and clever enjambments need not apply.

Spoken Word is the free-flowing vibe of poetry slams. And it’s the guts of Rap and Hip-Hop. Like any genre, it has its contrivances and caricatures. Like suburban white kids lovin’ themselves some rap music. My only defense is I at least had/have good taste. Below the fold, some spoken word measured by beats. Enjoy.

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  1. annie

    i like the last one, the automater,

    here’s my latest favorite spoken word

    Rafeef Ziadah – ‘We teach life, sir’

    • lizard19

      goddamn, annie, that was incredibly powerful. thank you.

    • JC

      Wow, great stuff!

  2. You mean “guts of GOOD Rap and Hip-Hop.” I think we can both agree that DMX asking what his name is, and then spelling it, is not poetry.

    Mos Def on the other hand, badass. Good stuff here as well.

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