Spoken Word Poetry

Plug your headphones in, turn it up, and enjoy

Look!

"Look" by Nate Marshall

This poem won "Louder than a Bomb" the world's largest slam poetry contest a few years ago. Nate says he started out writing this as a hip-hop dis-track but it somehow evolved into a spoken word poem that strips away the bravado of hip-hop. If you like this poem you can follow Nate and his team's journey from start to finish in the contest in the documentary "Louder than a Bomb" (available on netflix). I highly recommend it.
I Will Not Let An Exam Result Decide My Fate||Spoken Word

"I Will Not Let Exam Results Decide My Fate" by Suli Breaks

When the name Suli Breaks is mentioned, one or all of three of the following words spring to mind; charismatic, controversial and conscientious.

A lover of the written and spoken word, Suli Breaks is a visionary undaunted by the restrictions found in conventional poetry, leading him to push boundaries in a bid to inspire and inform a generation. An artist, speaker and writer, Breaks is often considered an inspiration by those who have met, watched or listened to him.

Shane Koyczan, "This is my Voice," Words Aloud 2007, Canada

"This is My Voice" by Shayne Koyczan

Born in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Koyczan grew up in Penticton, British Columbia. In 2000, he became the first Canadian to win the Individual Championship title at the National Poetry Slam.[1] Together with Mighty Mike McGee and C. R. Avery, he is the co-founder of spoken word, "talk rock" trio, Tons of Fun University(T.O.F.U.). In August 2007 Shane Koyczan and his work were the subject of an episode of the television documentary series Heart of a Poet, produced by Canadian filmmaker Maureen Judge for broadcaster Bravo!.[2]

Koyczan has published three books, poetry collection Visiting Hours, Stickboy, a novel in verse, and Our Deathbeds will be Thirsty most recently in 2012. Visiting Hours was selected by both the Guardian and Globe and Mail for their 2005 Best Books of the Year lists.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised - Gil Scott Heron

"The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" by Gil Scott Heron

An oldie but a goodie, Gil Scott-Heron originally recorded this poem in 1970, it became the theme song for social change and action.