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thoughts on spoken word poetry or poetry slams
I have mixed feelings about the current infatuation with this type of performance. Firstly, it is not actually new but has been around for centuries in the form of theatrical monologues or soliloquies. Secondly, while my first exposure to it was exhilarating, it soon became formulaic in that it almost always seemed to be self affirming and prideful which after a while got boring and redundant. On a positive note, as Ms. Kay has said, it is relatively easy to access and allows for a great deal of confidence building on the part of the participants which is particularly useful for teenagers and young adults. thanks