A few days ago I went to a Poetry Slam with a friend of mine! Neither of us presented a poem or anything, we just went there to listen. We hadn’t been to one before and we really wanted to know what they’re like! I’m very glad that we went there because it was so much fun! With this post I want to share my thoughts on Poetry Slams with you.
Everybody has heard of Poetry Slams before and you know that people read out their poems and you know that the audience or a jury decides which poem was the best one. But I didn’t know what the atmosphere would be like.
Now I know that it’s just amazing. I loved listening to the poets’ thoughts and ideas of the world!
Every single person in the whole room went quiet for a few minutes to listen to the individual Slammer.
There were five poets who each read out two of their literary work pieces. They were all about twenty years old and all super talented! Of course there were poems I liked more than others but still I thought that every single one was great.
The way they presented themselves and their stories so well and I just think that’s a cool talent!
I couldn’t do what Poetry Slammers do. They are so bold and brave!
First of all, they present their work in front of hundreds of people, maybe their families and friends are among the audience. The poets want to show everyone what they have been working on for the last couple of weeks or even months and they want to simply share their thoughts with the world. They know that they are being stared at for a few minutes and they know that they are being judged.
What is actually really idiotic about these Slams is that everybody gets rated on their stage performance and of course their literary work. Every single Slammer is talented and there shouldn’t be this competition thing, right?
One thing I really loved about the whole Poetry Slam was the fact that nobody came to win. They all came to present their work and to show their passion for poetry and writing. The audience couldn’t decide between the two finalists because both of their work pieces were just amazing. They didn’t seem to care at all about the prizes or which one of them won.
Have you ever been to a Poetry Slam? If so, did you listen or did you present your work? What was your experience? I would love to know!