7 Inspirational Poets You Need in Your Life Right Now

7 Inspirational Poets You Need in Your Life Right Now

These featured poets are worthy of all the *snaps*

Slam poetry. While you may picture the stereotypical guy in a beret standing under a single spotlight and yelling at an audience who snaps approvingly, it is so far evolved from that. Slam poetry can be remarkably profound, sometimes even bringing you to tears or making you laugh harder than you thought possible. Whether you're a die hard slam fan or you just watch the videos that pop up on your Facebook time line, here are seven slam poets you need in your life now.

1. Harry Baker

Harry Baker brings a British charm and emotional depth to his poetry every time. 10/10 would recommend watching his Ted Talk as that contains some of his best work. "Scaffolding" is also a must read/watch.

2. Neil Hilborn

Neil Hilborn went viral on Youtube and Facebook for his poem "OCD". His poetry on mental illness is gritty and honest, and his book "Our Numbered Days" is a perfect travel read.

3. Sarah Kay

Sarah Kay's "If I Should Have a Daughter" poem featured in her Ted Talk is a favorite of many slam-poetry lovers. However, some of my favorites of hers involve collaborations with long-time friend, Phil Kaye (and as you'll find out in their origin story poem, no, they're not related). "When Love Arrives" is the duo's classic.

4. Shane Koyczan

"To This Day" by Shane Koyczan is an anti-bullying anthem that will send chills down your spine. "We are More" is another great one, a tribute to his home country of Canada.

5. Taylor Mali

Taylor Mali earned a spot on this list for his inspiring tributes to teachers everywhere, such as "What Teachers Make" and "Miracle Worker". "The Impotence of Proofreading" is also one of my favorite poems of all time.

6. Big Poppa E

Big Poppa E does humor so well and with a heartwarming touch. He paints a picture of young love with "Crushworthy" and "13 Metaphors for Why We Should've Never Dated".

7. Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler is a feminist slam icon. "I am an Emotional Creature" will leave you feeling empowered. She's also published some awesome poetry books that you should definitely check out should you have the time.

If you listen to all of these awesome poets and still want more, check out Rudy Francisco, Sierra Demulder, and Andrea Gibson for some other classics. The channel "Button Poetry" on Youtube will also fill your life with poetic joy. Happy slamming!

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To That Guy

"You are my Love from the Star and I was your love sent from Above"


          Did you know my life was better without you in it? Way back before I even met you? But it was the best when you came unexpectedly. I can’t say that you are the perfect guy because there is no such thing as that. But I appreciate on how you made yourself perfect for me. The first time you laid your eyes on me I was like “woah, that’s the kind of look  I want to see for the rest of my life.” Our first meet was not that memorable, it was in a certain mall and we don’t have that much time because you are flying back to your country. But you know what? It’s not being memorable or what, it is being with the person who stood by beside you.

          I was scared the moment you left my side that day, but it was the scariest when you ask me to be yours and have this thing we called “Long Distance Relationship”. I don’t know what to say or to react that time, I was speechless but part of me was happy, I mean, isn’t that the best feeling in the whole world? When a guy came into your life and accepted the whole of you? Being with you was indeed a ride of a roller coaster. We’ve got our ups and downs, fights and arguments and sweet and bitter love just what like normal couples do. I always told you how blessed I am to meet someone like you. You are my love from the star and I was your love sent from above. We always make God as the center of our relationship. And you always say, “for this relationship to work we just need to be honest and be loyal to each other.” For a moment there, I thought “us” would actually work until the end.

         It’s been how many months since we had our last conversations as a couple right? I know I’ve been really busy this past few days and it’s been a tough fight between the two of us. We tried and fought for the love we thought we had, but things just don’t end the way we expected it to be. I am not writing this to tell everybody the whole story of us instead, I am writing this because for those months that we’ve been together I’ve kept you a secret from everyone. You may call this too late, but I am here now to show the world how great of a guy are you and how thankful I am.

          You are the most effort guy I had ever encountered. Imagine? Sending me those stuffs every month just to remind me that I am loved was the best part of you. Writing a book for me was the most incredible thing you ever did and going home just to see me was the perfect. But I lost all of that. We may lose the relationship we had but I want to thank you for saving our friendship. Can ex-lovers be friends? We’ll see.

          This last gift you sent hit me hard. Your note says “I know you will see a lot of girls holding flowers, chocolates and bears everywhere and I am not there for you to experience it, so I’m sending this instead. I just want to say sorry and thank you. Sorry for the pain I’ve caused and thank you for everything. Moments with you was irreplaceable. I know that how happy we are right now, you and I will always carry a piece of each other, let it be known that we found home in each other’s warmth and you’ll always have a piece within me. You deserve the best and nothing less.” That note made me realize how lucky I am. You are a single lesson, but a lot was learned, what we had made me who I am today, and I am thankful. To that guy who was always there for me, you may not have my heart, but I want you to know that you always have my full support. See you again soon, my friend.

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