April 30, 2008

Words in performance

It's the final day of National Poetry Month. Throughout the month, I've been featuring performance poetry videos from HBO's "Def Jam" poetry series, and in case you hadn't noticed, I've now collected all those posts together on one page which you can access in the sidebar features under "Words in performance".

Seeing as it's the last day of NPM and I wanted to bracket the collection with performances by Saul Williams, the next post belongs to him. His versatility, presence, verbal dexterity, dramatic skill and the audacious inventiveness of his work mark him out as one of the very best of the slam poets.

Incidentally, if you're interested in learning more about the origins of slam poetry then "An Incomplete History of Slam" by Kurt Heintz is a good place to start.