11 Poems To Make You Think

11 Spoken Word Poems That Will Make You Think

The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.

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Poetry can be used to exhibit any emotion, anger, fear, you name it and it shall be revealed. But, spoken word poetry is performance art. Instead of just reading a poem and trying to decide what is supposed to be more enunciated than something else the author tells in their performance

1. "If I Got Paid For All My Emotional Labor"

Melissa's list of how she would spend all the money she would have earned if paid for her emotional labor starts off extravagant. As it goes on some of the ideas are a little logical and sincere when it comes to her family and her wellbeing.

2. "Ode To My Bitch Face"

Part of her phase of writing odes to things she thinks she should be ashamed of, the author speaks of why her "bitch face" doesn't matter and why it doesn't concern anyone who's face it is not.

3."When Love Arrives"

Phil and Sarah narrate everyone's first thoughts about love. From childhood ideas of what we think it is to the adulthood idea of what we think it is. Neither are correct, and their narration proves that love comes and goes exactly when they are supposed to and not a second before.

4. "Complainers" 

Rudy begins with examples of unique stories of times when after going through great trauma, the person in the example stated, "it could have been worse." This is to prove that tragedy is usually silent, you don't hear it. This will make you think before you complain next time.

5."Repetition"

Words can hold all of the meaning in the world and yet, if used too often, they can lose all the meaning in the world. Phil's lesson is to appreciate your words and make them mean something.

6. "When God Happens" 

Telling his story of being a child in New York City when the planes hit the towers, Mike, pushes that to everyone in the city it was real and to anybody else it was just a distant occurrence that was fake.

7. "Somewhere In America"

Performed by three speakers, this poem screams the truths of the privileged versus underprivileged, whether it be by class, race, or gender.

8. "Chameleon" 

Starting with a storytelling of show and tell from grade school and ending with an apology to every woman he'd ever been with, Rudy explains that he, like chameleons, would use his invisibleness to hide.

9. "An Origin Story"

During this performance, Sarah and Phil tell the funny coincidences that are the foundation of their friendship, from identical nationalities to attending the same summer camp as kids, their origins are where the story started and their friendship shows that they will write their own ending.

10. "Bitches" 

The author uses this poem to praise the women in her family. It doesn't seem like it, but to me she is praising the strength of those around her who are what others would refer to as "bitches."

11. "Ode to the Women on Long Island"

This poem gives me goosebumps. Speaking of the tough, opinionated titular women of Long Island, who fight through life and love their families and stand for what is right.

The unique thing about poetry is that even when the words say one thing you, as an individual, could hear something completely different from the person sitting next to you. That's what makes it amazing, the diverse meanings that everyone could get from the same piece of art.

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The Evolution Of Hip Hop: How Hip Hop Got Here

How did Hip hop get here?
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Hip-hop has risen from humble beginnings. Starting as barbecue and block party entertainment in some of New York's poorest cities, Hip hop has become a global phenomenon that dominates the radio and has created an industry that generates hundreds of millions of dollars a year and has changed music culture in America, and the world, forever.

To most people, Hip Hop is synonymous with rapping, the art of rhythmically delivering vocals that are usually paired with an instrumental, but Hip hop is considered the overall embodiment of the entire subculture, which includes many key stylistic elements like rapping, table turning, break dancing, graffiti art, and beatboxing.

Hip hop took to the global stage for the first time in 1979 when The Sugar Hill Gang released Rapper's Paradise; it became a top 40 hit and remained on the Billboard for 12 weeks.

After the success of Rapper's Delight, other hip-hop records were released like Kurtis Blow's The Breaks and Afrika Bambaataa's Planet Rock. Most of these songs were about having fun, but in 1982 Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released The Message, an early example of socially-conscious hip hop. It had a slow funk groove with melodic synthesizer riffs and the raps were about social issues like poverty, crime and the stress of living in a dangerous city.

In the 1980's Hip Hop began to evolve. instrumentals were being created in studio settings, and the introduction of drum machines, synthesizers, and samples from old funk and disco records began to be a norm in the genre. Hooks, a catchy line of lyrics that are usually repeated within a song, also became popular.

the collaboration of different genres with Hip Hop began to flourish in the 1980's adding heavy guitar rifts giving Hip hop a rocker's flair which was very popular at the time. The Beastie Boys' Licensed To Ill became hip hop's first number-one album.

The 1990's brought Gangster rap to the world with artists like 2Pac, Nas, Jay-z, Wu-Tang Clan, NWA, Ice-T, Notorious B.I.G. and many others.

In the 21 century, Hip hop has become a global force with artists still pushing the boundaries of Hip Hop.

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Poetry On Odyssey: Raising Teens

Don't sleep all morning and wake up at two.

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If you go outside, oh the things that you can do!

Ride your bike, skateboard, and rollerblade, too!

You could go build a fort, or see animals at the zoo!

Don't sleep all morning and wake up at two

only to waste the day watching movies about kung fu!

I'm wasting my breath, you're not listening, are you?

You little prick, I bet you'd be up if your friends said to come through.

I swear, the only exercise you get is jerking to a random black guy screw

or to some broke meth-head teen making her porn debut.

Fine, fuck it, kid, I don't care anymore. Do what you want today. You do you.

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