I first discovered slam poetry at a high school beauty pageant, of all places. Instead of a speech, one of the contestants got on stage and started spewing angry words with a rhythmic pulse into the microphone. I was confused, but entranced.
I learned later that slam poetry is a competition where people read their word on stage. Their work is often fiery and passionate and takes on any number of forms. I absolutely love it. Slam poetry is one of those things that make you aware of the blood pumping in your veins as it increases in speed.
|Taylor Mali, "What Teachers Make"|
|Eric Darby, Untitled|