Spoken Word Poetry is probably my favorite form of self-expression. It isn't like traditional poetry, it doesn't have many rules. But it is meant to be performed, not read.
Spoken word plays with the intonations of words and voice inflection. The only rule is, literally, that it shouldn't sound monotonous unless, of course, that is the point of the poem. A lot of spoken word revolves around current events, politics, social issues. Here are some of my favorite:
1. "Somewhere In America" - Belissa Escoloedo, Zariya Allen, Rhiannon McGavin
Fun Fact: These girls performed this poem on Queen Latifah's show.
2. "Rape Poem to End All Rape Poems" - Justice Hehir, Lindsey Michelle Williams, Kate Thomas, and Lillie Hannon
This was actually the first spoken word I heard, and the points that these girls raise really do speak to me.
3. "Trump Won, Now What?" - Taz
Honestly, I like this one just because she is so emotional when she is filming it that she has to read off her computer screen. It's all raw emotion.
4. "For Teenage Girls" - Clementine von Radics
This poem is a beautiful reminder to dream big, and believe that you can achieve what you want.
5. "If I Should Have A Daughter" - Sarah Kay
This poem made me cry the first time I heard it, so I had to include it.