SPOKEN WORD POETRY
Summary: Write and record a spoken word poem about any topic of your choosing! Your spoken word poem will be judged on both the poetry itself and your delivery of it.
How to enter: Submit your spoken word poem as a reply to this thread, and please give your team name if you have one. Include a recording of you delivering your poem along with a spoilered transcript. To put your transcript inside a spoiler, use this code:
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If you're not sure how to share your recording, Vocaroo is a great website to use for anonymous recordings.
Description: A spoken word poem is a poem meant to be performed in front of an audience instead of read on a page. That means that stuff you might consider "typical" poetic elements, such as formatting, capitalization, and punctuation, don't really play a role. Instead, things like rhythm, sound devices, volume, and pacing are important to consider! In a live setting you would also want to pay attention to physical gestures, props, and body language - however, since we're just sticking to audio recordings, these aren't super relevant.
For a more in-depth look at the techniques used in spoken word poetry, you can check out the wonderful alliyah's article Slam Poetry: Writing and Performing. And if you'd like an example of a spoken word poem, one of my favourites is Maia Mayor's "I Want to Be" . You can find lots of other examples as well by searching "spoken word poetry" or "slam poetry" on YouTube!
Requirements: You should aim for your poem to be 1 or 2 minutes long when read aloud, but if it's a bit shorter or longer don't sweat it! Swearing and mature themes are allowed, as long as you rate your poem appropriately (rating guidelines can be found here).
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If you have any questions, ask them in the discussion topic!