Word Warriors

Author: Alix Olson
Publisher: Seal Press (CA)
ISBN: 1580052215
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Collects the work of a variety of female spoken word artists, including Patricia Smith, Eileen Myles, Sarah Jones, Suheir Hammad, Staceyann Chin, and Michelle Tea.

Take the Mic

Author: Marc Kelly Smith
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 140224231X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Get on Stage and Perfect Your Performance Have you ever enjoyed a slam or two and thought, "I could do this," but felt apprehensive staring at that empty mic—or worse, you climbed up on stage and struggled? Let Marc Kelly Smith, the founder of Slam Poetry, teach you everything you need to be a confident performer, from writing a powerful poem, to stage techniques, to going on tour (if that's where your muse leads you). Take the Mic is filled with insider tips, backstage advice, and tons of examples of slam poems that wake up an audience. With this book, you'll also be able to link to the PoetrySpeaks.com community to listen to samples, meet poets, and unearth inspirations for your next performance. The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Performing with Power Take the Mic is an essential guide for lifting your poetry from the page to the stage. Marc Kelly Smith (So What!), grand founder of the Slam movement, serves as you personal coach, showing you how to craft stage-worthy verse and deliver a poetry performance that shakes the rafters and sparks thunderous applause. In Take the Mic, you discover how to... Pen poetry that's conducive to on-stage performance Overcome stage fright Practice powerful performance techniques Rehearse like a pro Shape a loose collection of poems into a killer set Connect with your audience — heart and soul Master the art of self-promotion Schedule your own slam poetry tour Transform your hobby into paying gigs Act professional to establish a solid reputation in the Slam community Take the Mic is packed with practical exercises you can do alone or in class to hone your skills and transform your body, mind, voice, verse, and spirit into an engaging stage presence. You'll also find a brief history of slam, the rules and regulations that govern official slam competitions, and a list of PSI (Poetry Slam, Inc.) Certified Slams, so no matter where you are, you always have a place to Take the Mic!

The Spoken Word Revolution Redux

Author: Mark Eleveld
Publisher: Sourcebooks Mediafusion
ISBN:
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Collects over one hundred poems, forty of which can be heard on the accompanying CD, which are presented along with essays describing the importance of poetry being heard aloud and the changes the form has undergone in recent years.

Hip Hop s Amnesia

Author: Reiland Rabaka
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 0739174924
Format: PDF, ePub
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What did rap music and hip hop culture inherit from the spirituals, classic blues, ragtime, classic jazz, and bebop? What did rap music and hip hop culture inherit from the Black Women's Club Movement, New Negro Movement, Harlem Renaissance, Hipster Movement, and Black Muslim Movement? In Hip Hop's Amnesia award-winning author, spoken-word artist, and multi-instrumentalist Reiland Rabaka answers these questions by rescuing and reclaiming the often-overlooked early twentieth century origins and evolution of rap music and hip hop culture.

Aloud

Author: Miguel Algarín
Publisher: Henry Holt
ISBN: 9780805032758
Format: PDF, ePub
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From New York to Nashville, Boston to L.A., a bohemian rhapsody of rap swagger is spreading across the land. As the New York Observer writes: "The poetry corpse is stirring," its beating heart is "a big, dark, brick-walled loft on Third Street and Avenue C called the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. It's democratic, multicultural . . . sometimes funny, sometimes ribald. It has the vitality of vulgarity." So welcome to the inside of the explosion. We are, as Bob Holman declaims, "at the house for the tradition that has no home but your ear." Miguel Algarin, one of the Cafe's founders, knows there's an urgency among us: "We must listen to one another. We must respect one another's habits. And we must share the truth and integrity that the voice of the poet so generously provides." So here they are - everyone from founding poets Miguel Pinero, Ntozake Shange, and Piri Thomas to Maggie Estep, Nicole Breedlove, Mike Tyler, Reg E. Gaines, Edwin Torres, Paul Beatty, Jimmy Santiago Baca, and a hundred others. The publisher of Robert Frost is happy to proclaim that the poetry franchise has come back to the people.

Bum Rush the Page

Author: Tony Medina
Publisher: Broadway Books
ISBN: 0307565645
Format: PDF
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Bum Rush the Page is a groundbreaking collection, capturing the best new work from the poets who have brought fresh energy, life, and relevance to American poetry. “Here is a democratic orchestration of voices and visions, poets of all ages, ethnicities, and geographic locations coming together to create a dialogue and to jam–not slam. This is our mouth on paper, our hearts on our sleeves, our refusal to shut up and swallow our silence. These poems are tough, honest, astute, perceptive, lyrical, blunt, sad, funny, heartbreaking, and true. They shout, they curse, they whisper, and sing. But most of all, they tell it like it is.” –Tony Medina, from the Introduction From the Trade Paperback edition.

The Spoken Word Revolution

Author: Mark Eleveld
Publisher: Sourcebooks Mediafusion
ISBN: 9781402202469
Format: PDF, ePub
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Describes how contemporary poetry intended to be spoken out loud has brought about a revitalization of interest in poetry, and presents works by more than forty leading poets.

Haiti Glass

Author: Lenelle Mo•se
Publisher: City Lights Publishers
ISBN: 0872866149
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New poetry from City Lights/Sister Spit! With rhythmic poetry and intimate prose, Haiti Glass offers an unflinching look at disaster, desire, and death-defying love.

No More Masks

Author: Florence Howe
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN:
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Gathers poems by Amy Lowell, Sara Teasdale, H.D., Marianne Moore, Louise Bogan, Kay Boyle, Maxine Kumin, Anne Sexton, Tess Gallagher, Nikki Giovanni, and Ntozake Shange

Words in Your Face

Author: Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
ISBN: 1933368829
Format: PDF, Mobi
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A history of slam poetry culture in the Big Apple and beyond places an emphasis on three major twentieth-century arts movements, including the Harlem Renaissance, the Beats, and hip hop, in a chronicle that traces the origins of slam at the Nuyorican Poets' Café and its monumental popularity as supported through such venues as Lollapalooza and MTV's Unplugged. Original.