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A powerful example of the spoken word. Poetry slams involve individuals performing their own poetry, or those of others. Notice the difference between the power of the imagery used in this poem and the power of oratory.

“Slam poetry is a postmodern performance poetry, a form of spoken word… One of the goals of slam poetry is to challenge the authority of anyone who claims to know absolutely what literary quality is. Slam poets wish to give audience members the power to become part of each poem’s presence, thus breaking down the barriers between poet/performer, critic and audience. Bob Holman, a poetry activist and former slammaster of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, once called the movement ‘the democratization of verse.'” –Wikipedia