Slam poetry does not have to rhyme, and it frequently deals with highly emotive subjects. However, most slam poets include some form of rhyme or meter in their work.
The first known slam poem was "The Palace" by Frank O'Hara. It was performed at the Kitchen's Third Avenue Poetry Project in New York City on March 17, 1964. The poem was awarded first place by the judges who included Robert Lowell, William Meredith, and Kenneth Patchen.
O'Hara created the poem after visiting the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) gallery that displayed Marcel Duchamp's Fountain. Inspired by this experience, he wrote: "A fountain made by Marcel Duchamp/Roses are red/Violets are blue/Marcel Duchamp doesn't care."
Although O'Hara did not intend for his poem to be performed, one of the participants in the contest read it aloud during the closing ceremony and it became popular among underground poets. In time, it was published in O'Hara's book of poems.
Today, many slam poets use language uncharacteristically found in rap songs or graffiti to make their points quickly and forcefully.
Slam poetry empowers people to make nonviolent remarks while also giving the aggressive style required to effect change. To summarize, we are considerably more inclined to listen to our peers who understand us. Also, slam poetry is a great way to express yourself without holding back.
There are many benefits to slam poetry. For one, it allows people to speak their minds and be heard by others even if they have nothing to sell. It also helps break down social barriers by engaging in conversation with strangers and making friends with people you would otherwise never meet. Last, but not least, is the fact that slam poetry is fun! You get to express yourself through words and rhythm in a unique fashion that no other art form can match. And who doesn't love being able to sing along as they write and perform their poems?
Here at PoetryInMotion.com, we believe that slam poetry is a vital part of any vibrant arts community and we want to see it become popular everywhere else too.
What Distinguishes Slam Poetry From Traditional Poetry? The distinction is simple: one is written to be performed or read out, whilst the other is written particularly for the page. Slam poetry is intended to be performed. It uses the language of rap, DJing, and party-pooping as much as possible.
Traditional poetry is intended to be read. It tends to use a more formal style of writing, with lines of equal length called stanzas. There are many different forms of traditional poetry, from sonnets to villanelles.
Slam poetry was born in New York City during the early 1990s. It's a hybrid form that mixes traditional poetry with music, audience participation, and sometimes even comedy. Modern slam poets usually perform in front of an audience while standing up, using rapid-fire rhyming words to express themselves. They may also use props, such as microphones and turntables, to enhance their performance.
The first known slam poem was "Untitled" by Bruce Myers at a poetry reading in 1992. It was an immediate success, and people started calling it "the punk rock of poetry". In 1993, Charles Bernstein wrote a book about slam poetry called Bang! A Literary Bomb. It included interviews with many famous writers such as Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, and James Dickey.