Spoken poetry, if done right by someone with finesse, has the power to influence and captivate the people in the room. These artists skillfully convey their feelings and make their feelings resonate with their audience.
Here are some of the best (and underrated) performances you need to see at least once.
If you’re new to the concept of spoken poetry, then Hillborn’s piece might just be the push you need to envelop you further into the craft. In OCD, Neil discusses the struggle of mental illness and losing love.
In this YouTube video, Shane Koyczan utilizes animation and poetry to create one powerful ode on bullying. Trigger warning: suicide is mentioned in the piece.
“My experiences with violence in schools still echo throughout my life but standing to face the problem has helped me in immeasurable ways. Schools and families are in desperate need of proper tools to confront this problem. This piece is a starting point,” Koyczan said.
Patrick Roche performed his powerful piece “21” during the 2014 College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational in Colorado. It covers a wide variety of topics that were dominant during his teen years, including addiction, sexuality, and growing up in an abusive household. Roche’s performance sends out the underlying message that despite people thinking teen years are just the beginning of growing up, the events that take place during this time mold us all differently.
For this one, you’re just going to have to listen. Dizraeli is one of the most captivating emcees and spoken word artists recognized around the world. His storytelling skills weave tales that are present in present-day politics and human behavior. If you think you’re a person with no heart, I guarantee that by the end of the video, you’ll have shed at least a few tears for Maria.
In this piece, Suli Breaks drives home one point we can all relate to: if we are all raised to become unique individuals, why are we measured by one single standard, as based in our education system? This spoken poetry will probably hit home major points all students have had to deal with.
Jesse Parent writes a humorous, passionate piece, an ode to – yes, you read it – the boys who may one day date his little girl. The poem is as creative as it is cliche, since the tattooed, intimidating man on stage is basically acting like all movie dads with the strict, no-nonsense attitudes. Watch out for the end though, as Parent gives a shoutout to a group of people, driving home the message of acceptance, too.
Hawley’s intense delivery, sprinkled with light servings of dark humor, is actually more than a poem about Wile E. Coyote and the roadrunner. Shane highlights the curse of addiction in this profound piece.
Let me give you a few words to hook you into watching this performance: self-love. Who cares about cellulite?
This piece is as humorous as it is true. I’m sure many girls around the world have gone through what Lyons did – the incessant flirting, then sudden radio silence, and the confusion. Fear not ladies, Sarah has us covered. Consider this spoken word piece as a major shade to all the men we know who fall under this category.
Did you watch all of the videos? Which one’s your favorite?