Slam poetry is legiterally (this is a new word I made up: legitimately and literally, amazing I know.) my favorite thing in this world. I didn’t really have an idea for a blog to write so I decided to share my love of slam poems with the world, or the ten people who actually read my blog (hi mom).
Side Note: You will probably notice that most of these poems come from the YouTube Channel ‘ButtonPoetry’, this is my go to slam poem outlet and it never lets me down. I 10/10 recommend it. So here we go:
Second Side Note: There are only five videos on this page and you may think that you have better things to do than sit and watch five 3 minute videos, but you don’t. Watch these videos, fall in love with them, and then watch more slam poems and fall in love with those too and then you’re set for life.
5. Neil Hilborn – “OCD” (Rustbelt 2013)
“The first time I saw her… Everything in my head went quiet. All the tics, all the constantly refreshing images just disappeared.”
4. Blythe Baird – “When the Fat Girl Gets Skinny” (NPS 2015)
“If you develop an eating disorder when you are already thin to begin with, you go to the hospital. If you develop an eating disorder when you are not thin to begin with, you are a success story.”
3. 2014 – Brave New Voices (Finals) – “Somewhere in America” by Los Angeles Team
“Now somewhere in America, there is s a child holding a copy of “Catcher in the Rye” and there is a child holding a gun, but only one of these things have been banned by their state government and it’s not the one that can rip through flesh, it’s the one that says “fuck you” on more pages than one”
2. Melissa Newman-Evans – “9 Things I Would Like to Tell to Every Teenage Girl”
“You are the best thing in every room, you’ll notice that I did not say the prettiest. You are also the prettiest thing in every room, but that sh*t doesn’t matter. That sh*t is the world, trying to kill you.”
1. Denice Frohman – “Dear Straight People” (WOWPS 2013)
“Dear Straight People, you’re the reason we stay in the closet. You’re the reason we even have a closet. I don’t like closets, but you made the living room an unshared space and now I’m feeling like a guest in my own house.”