“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.”
You could say that there are two types of people in this world. There are those who:
- abhor poetry because they see it as boring
- love poetry because they see it as an outlet
One way to keep the tradition of poetry truly vibrant is through poetry slams. These are live, often electrifying performances of one's own poetry. In poetry slams, the poem is the rough draft and the performance is the final version.
Watch this 5-minute video on Global Writes, the nonprofit in The Bronx that pairs up poets with students. You will see here that the performances come not just from the heart but from the entire body.