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Performance poetry is poetry that is specifically composed for or during performance before an audience. During the 1980s, the term came into popular usage to describe poetry written or composed exclusively for performance and not for print distribution. The Chinese poem Quatrain on Heavenly Mountain by Emperor Gaozong (Song Dynasty) Poetry (from the Greek , poiesis, a making or creating) is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning. ... This article is about Performance art. ...


Whereas poetry readings featured poets reading their printed books for a live audience, some of which were recorded on audio media, performance poets use a different style of writing poetry that is less conducive to print and better suited for their oral presentations. Conversely, much performance poetry does not work well when printed in books. Performance poets are often accused of having not academically trained in writing poetry, often as a result of intellectual snobbery on the part of other kinds of poets. (See Wellington underground poets). Their poetic allusions are to pop culture rather than to the great literature of the past. Consequently, many performance poets are denied credibility by academics, but they are able to build a greater audience for poetry by communicating to a wider audience. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... In rhetoric, an allusion is the implicit referencing of a related object or circumstance, which has occurred or existed in an external context. ...

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History

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The term "performance poetry" originates from an early press release describing the popular 1980s performance poet Hedwig Gorski, whose audio recordings achieved success on spoken word radio programs around the world. Her band, East of Eden Band, was described as the most successful at music and poetry collaborations, allowing cassettes of her live radio broadcast recordings to stay in rotation with popular underground music recordings on some radio stations. Gorski, an art school graduate, tried to come up with a term that would distinguish her text-based vocal performances from performance art, especially the work of performance artists, such as Laurie Anderson, who worked with music at that time. Performance poets relied more on the rhetorical and philosophical expression in their poetics than performance artists, who arose from the visual art genres of painting and sculpture. The Austin Chronicle newspaper, printing Gorski's bi-weekly "Litera" column, first published the term "performance poetry" to describe the work of Gorski with composer D'Jalma Garnier III as early as 1982 or 1983. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (820x615, 79 KB)[edit] Summary The author of this photo is me, David Shankbone. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (820x615, 79 KB)[edit] Summary The author of this photo is me, David Shankbone. ... Hedwig Gorski (born Trenton, New Jersey, July 18, 1949 - ) is a performance poet and an avant-garde artist. ... Spoken word is a form of music or artistic performance in which lyrics, poetry, or stories are spoken rather than sung. ... The East of Eden Band was considered to be among the best practitioners of the poetry and music genre Performance Poetry. ... This article is about Performance art. ... Laurie Anderson (born Laura Phillips Anderson, on June 5, 1947, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois) is an American experimental performance artist and musician. ... The Austin Chronicle is an alternative weekly newspaper published every Thursday in Austin, Texas, United States. ...


The National Endowment for the Arts categorized performance art within the visual arts judging panels; it placed performance poetry within the category of literature. Since many performance poets did not have publications, the latter classification made performance poets categorically ineligible for the NEA fellowship funding or recognition. Their audio cassettes were not acceptable sample material for literature grant consideration; unfortunately, their performance poems translated into text on paper could not compete with poetry written for print publication. The NEA makes no exceptions to this date for the varied presentation of samples in the poetry category of grants. Performance poetry with music peaked during the 1980s just as performance art peaked in the 1970s. The National Endowment for the Arts is a United States federally funded program that offers support and funding for projects that exhibit artistic excellence. ...


During that time, San Francisco and New York were the centers for this type of activity; however, Austin, Texas (The Third Coast) also had a thriving scene during the 1980s with a coterie of unique characters. Some of the best original Austin performance poets and performing poets who went on to national and international notoriety include Raul Salinas, Konstantyn K. Kuzminsky, Joy Cole, Hedwig Gorski, Roxy Gordon, Ricardo Sanchez, Susan Bright, Harryette Mullen, who was nominated for the National Book Award. The Austin Poets Audio Anthology Project, a public arts project, recorded them for radio broadcasts. There were many others, though, and Hedwig Gorski once wrote in "Litera" that some were "eerie", a word used by one newspaper reviewer to describe Gorski's vocals on the East of Eden Band track "There's Always Something That Can Make You Happy". Other performing writers in the robust literary scene of the Austin area during that time when performance poetry turned into a school of poetry included Pat Littledog, Greg Gauntner, Albert Huffstickler, W. Joe Hoppe, Charles Taylor, Andy Clausen, and Isabella Ides. Performing poets/writers and especially performance poets excelled in the ability to put the event of oral literature into the primary social/communicative function for literature. The plurality of the literary performance is under the control of the poet/writer, and the performer never minimizes the participation of the audience members. The Wellington underground poets movement in New Zealand broke new ground in creative expression in the 1980s. Nickname: Live Music Capital of the World Location in the state of Texas Coordinates: Country United States State Texas Counties Travis County, Williamson County Government  - Mayor Will Wynn Area  - City  296. ... Third Coast is a term sometimes used in the United States for regions other than the East Coast and the West Coast, which are commonly seen as centers of American popular culture. ... Raúl Salinas de Gortari (b. ... Konstantin Konstantinovich Kuzminsky ( Russian: ; born April 16, 1940 in Saint Petersburg, then Leningrad) is a Russian performance poet who emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1978. ... Hedwig Gorski (born Trenton, New Jersey, July 18, 1949 - ) is a performance poet and an avant-garde artist. ... Roxy Gordon was a Choctaw and Assiniboine poet, novelist, musician and activist. ... Lt. ... This article needs to be wikified. ... Albert Huffstickler (December 17, 1927 – February 25, 2002) was an American poet Born a twin in Laredo, Texas, his sibling died at birth. ... W. Joe Hoppe (born Dec. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Poetry in oral cultures

Performance poetry is not solely a postmodern phenomenon. It begins with the performance of oral poems in pre-literate societies. By definition, these poems were transmitted orally from performer to performer and were constructed using devices such as repetition, alliteration, rhyme and kennings to facilitate memorization and recall. The performer "composed" the poem from memory, using the version they had learned as a kind of mental template. This process allowed the performer to add their own flavor to the poem in question, although fidelity to the traditional versions of the poems was generally favored. Alliteration is a structuring device characterized by the reiteration of a sound at the beginning of two consecutive or slightly separated words. ... A rhyme is a repetition of identical or similar terminal sounds in two or more different words (i. ... This article is about kenning as a poetic notion. ...


The advent of printing

Although popular works, including popular poems or collections of poems, were already being distributed for private reading and study in manuscript form, there can be little doubt that the introduction of cheap printing technologies accelerated this trend considerably. The result was a change in the poet's role in society. From having been an entertainer, the poet became primarily a provider of written texts for private readings. The public performance of poetry became generally restricted, at least in a European context, to the staging of plays in verse and occasionally, for example in the cases of the Elizabethan madrigalists or Robert Burns, as texts for singing. Apart from this, the performance of poetry was restricted to reading aloud from printed books within families or groups of friends. Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... Verse is a writing that uses meter as its primary organisational mode, as opposed to prose, which uses grammatical and discoursal units like sentences and paragraphs. ... The Elizabethan Era is the period associated with the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558 - 1603) and is often considered to be a golden age in English history. ... A madrigal is a setting for two or more voices of a secular text, often in Italian. ... Robert Burns, foremost Scottish poet Robert Burns (January 25, 1759 – July 21, 1796) was a poet and a lyricist. ...


The 20th century

The early years of the 20th century saw a general questioning of artistic forms and conventions. Poets like Basil Bunting and Louis Zukofsky called for a renewed emphasis on poetry as sound. Bunting in particular argued that it the poem on the page was like a musical score; not fully intelligible until sounded. This attitude to poetry helped to encourage an environment in which poetry readings were fostered. This was reinforced by Charles Olson's call for a poetic line based on human breath. Basil Cheesman Bunting (March 3, 1900 – 1985) was a British modernist poet. ... The cover of the 1978 edition of Zukofskys long poem A. Louis Zukofsky (January 23, 1904 – May 12, 1978) was one of the most important second-generation American modernist poets. ... Charles Olson (27 December 1910 – 10 January 1970) was an important 2nd generation American modernist poet who was a crucial link between earlier figures like Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams and the New American poets, a rubric which includes the New York School, the Black Mountain School, the Beat...


During the 1950s, the poet Cid Corman began to experiment with what he called oral poetry. This involved spontaneously composing poems into a tape recorder. Allen Ginsberg was to take up this practice in the 1960s. David Antin, who heard some of Corman's tapes, took the process one step further. He composed his talk-poems by improvising in front of an audience. These performances were recorded and the tapes were later transcribed to be published in book form. Around the same time, Jerome Rothenberg was drawing on his ethnopoetic researches to create poems for ritual performances as happenings. Perhaps most famously, the writers of the Beat generation were noted for performance events that married poetry and jazz. Cid Corman (1924 - March 12, 2004) was an American poet, translator and editor who was a key figure in the history of American poetry in the second half of the 20th century. ... Irwin Allen Ginsberg (IPA: ) (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American Beat poet. ... David Antin David Antin (born in New York City in 1932) is a United States poet and critic. ... Jerome Rothenberg (born 1931) is an American poet and editor who is noted for his work in ethnopoetics. ... Happenings has multiple meanings (besides the straightforward dictionary definition): The Happenings were a 1960s pop music group whose major hits were See You In September and a cover of I Got Rhythm updated for the nascent pop/rock era. ... “Beats” redirects here. ... Jazz is a musical art form that originated in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States around the start of the 20th century. ...


In Britain, sound poets like Bob Cobbing and Edwin Morgan were exploring the possibilities of live performance. Cobbing's groups Bird Yak and Konkrete Canticle involved collaborative performance with other poets and musicians and were partly responsible for drawing a number of the poets of the British Poetry Revival into the performance arena. Bob Cobbing (July 30, 1920 - September 29, 2002) was a British sound, visual, concrete and performance poet who was a central figure in the British Poetry Revival. ... Edwin Morgan (born April 27, 1920) is a Scottish poet and translator who is associated with the British Poetry Revival. ... The British Poetry Revival is the general name given to a loose poetic movement in Britain that took place in the 1960s and 1970s. ...


Meanwhile, many more mainstream poets in both Britain and the United States were giving poetry readings, largely to small academic gatherings on university campuses. Poetry readings were given national prominence when Robert Frost recited "The Gift Outright" from memory at the inauguration of John F. Kennedy. After that event, spoken word recordings of Frost and other major figures enjoyed increased popularity. Robert Lee Frost (March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963) was an American poet. ... John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. ...


The 1970s and After

By the 1970s, three main forms of poetry performance had emerged. First was the poetry reading, at which poems that had been written for the page were read to an audience, usually by the author. Poetry readings have become widespread and poetry festivals and reading series are now part of the cultural landscape of most Western societies. However, most people would not consider the poetry readings of this type as part of the performance poetry phenomena.


This leaves two types of poetry performance, poems written specifically for performance on the Jerome Rothenberg model and poems like those of David Antin that are composed during performance. Both these types would generally be considered to constitute performance poetry.


In the U. S., the rise to prominence of the L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets with their distrust of speech as a basis for poetry has, broadly speaking, meant that performance poetry went out of fashion with the avant-garde. However, the increasing popularity of open mikes, which allow "unknown" poets to take the stage and share their own work in 3-5 minute increments and of poetry slams has meant that performance poetry is now one of the most widespread forms of popular poetry. Chief among the proponents of these new forms of popular poetry were Bob Holman in New York, Marc Smith in Chicago and Alan Kaufman in San Francisco. In the 1990s, the Favorite Poem project of then U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky gave new visibility to ordinary Americans reading and performing their favorite poems. Contemporary performance poets are now experimenting with poetry performances adapted to CD, to video, and to Web audiences. The Language poets (or L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E poets, after the magazine that bears that name) are an avant garde group or tendency in United States poetry that emerged in the late 1960s and early 1970s; its central figures are all actively writing, teaching, and performing... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... Nuyorican Poets Cafe, New York City Slam poetry is a postmodern performance poetry, a form of spoken word performed at a competitive poetry event, called a slam, at which poets perform their own poems (or, in rare cases, those of others) that are judged on a numeric scale by randomly... Robert Pinsky (born October 20, 1940) is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator who served in the post of Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress (known popularly as the Poet Laureate of the United States) from 1997 to 2000. ...


The Beat Poets were the first to popularize crossing over into recorded media to distribute their performed poetry. The best-known Beat poet, Allen Ginsberg, followed the lead of fellow Beat, Jack Kerouac, in reciting his work for audio recording. Ginsberg always used music with his readings and often accompanied himself on the harmonium. Ginsberg put William Blake's poems to music and performed them with the harmonium. Even though the Beats did not use the term "Performance Poetry" to categorize their work with music and audio recordings, the Beats provided an immediate model for the work of Hedwig Gorski. She is a Nova Scotia College of Art and Design art school graduate in 1976. The art school was infamous for starting the careers of numerous 1970s performance artists, such as Vito Acconci, known for photographing his bites. Hedwig Gorski coined the term "Performance Poetry" to describe her poetry performances with her musical band East of Eden. Since the early 1990's 3 Guys from Albany have toured the United States as a part of a plan to perform in all of the Albanys in the U.S. With the birth of the Poetry Slam, a competitive live performance format founded by poet Marc Smith, Chicago has become a hotbed of performance poetry. Irwin Allen Ginsberg (IPA: ) (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American Beat poet. ... Jack Kerouac (pronounced ) (March 12, 1922 – October 21, 1969) was an American novelist, writer, poet, and artist. ... A Harmonium or Reed Organ is a free-standing musical keyboard instrument similar to a pipe organ. ... William Blake (November 28, 1757 – August 12, 1827) was an English poet, visionary, painter, and printmaker. ... Hedwig Gorski (born Trenton, New Jersey, July 18, 1949 - ) is a performance poet and an avant-garde artist. ... East of Eden is also an English/French travelogue site, and a rock band East of Eden is a novel by Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck, published in September 1952. ...


Performance poetry has also been boosted considerably by the appearance of def jam -- the hip-hop recording company helmed by Russell Simmons -- on the scene. def jam has created a television show that showcases performance poets that runs on HBO, as well as a show of performance poets that ran on Broadway for almost a year and won a Tony Award. Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... Russell Simmons (born October 4, 1957 in Queens, New York), is an American entrepreneur, the co-founder, with Rick Rubin, of the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam, founder of another label, Russell Simmons Music Group, and creator of the clothing fashion line Phat Farm. ... HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network with headquarters in New York City. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ...


Hispanic performing artists, such as Pedro Pietri, Miguel Algarin, Giannina Braschi, and Guillermo Gomez-Pena, are known for their humorous and politically charged attacks against American imperialism. Pedro Pietri (March 21, 1944-March 3, 2004) born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, was a Nuyorican poet and playwright who co-founded the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. ... Professor Miguel Algarin born (c. ... Cutting-edge poet and novelist Giannina Braschi (b. ... Guillermo Gómez-Peña (born 1955) is a Mexican-born writer, performance artist and educator. ...


In Britain, where the influence of L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E was more limited, many avant-garde poets are deeply committed to continuing the performance of Cobbing and his peers. Well known names include cris cheek and Aaron Williamson. Slams and open mikes are also popular, and many British performance poets have been influenced by punk poets like John Cooper Clarke and reggae poets like Linton Kwesi Johnson. Punks at a music festival The punk subculture is a subculture/counterculture based on punk rock. ... John Cooper Clarke (born January 25, 1949) is a performance poet from Salford, Lancashire, England, affectionately known as the Bard of Salford. ... This article needs additional references or sources to facilitate its verification. ... Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ) (born 24 August 1952, in Chapelton, Jamaica) is a British-based Dub poet. ...


Contemporary British performance poetry, influenced as much by stand-up comedy and MC performances as by its own history, continues to thrive at a grassroots level, with performances in pubs and theatres, as well as at arts festivals such as Glastonbury and The Edinburgh Fringe. This hybrid of poetry, comedy and spoken word is exemplified by acts such as Rachel Pantechnicon, Murray Lachlan Young and Aisle16. In 2003 the first UK conference of performance poetry, organised by Lucy English, was held at Bath Spa University. Speakers included Bob Holman and Charles Bernstein. Bath Spa university now runs a performance poetry module as part of its Creative Writing programme. This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A Master of Ceremonies or MC (sometimes spelled emcee), sometimes called a compere or an MJ for microphone jockey, is the host of an official public or private staged event or other performance. ... A public house, usually known as a pub, is a drinking establishment found mainly in the Great Britain, Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and other countries influenced by British cultural heritage. ... For other usages see Theatre (disambiguation) Theater (American English) or Theatre (British English and widespread usage among theatre professionals in the US) is that branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, sound and spectacle &#8212... An arts festival (also art festival) or art fair is a festival that focuses on the visual arts. ... Glastonbury is a small town in Somerset, England, situated at a dry spot on the Somerset Levels, 50km (31 miles) south of Bristol. ... The Chinese poem Quatrain on Heavenly Mountain by Emperor Gaozong (Song Dynasty) Poetry (from the Greek , poiesis, a making or creating) is a form of art in which language is used for its aesthetic and evocative qualities in addition to, or in lieu of, its ostensible meaning. ... Comedy has a classical meaning (comical theatre) and a popular one (the use of humour with an intent to provoke[[ laughter in general). ... Spoken word is a form of music or artistic performance in which lyrics, poetry, or stories are spoken rather than sung. ... Murray Lachlan Young is a British performance poet whose humourous work enjoyed a spectacular but brief vogue during the mid-1990s. ...


Performance poets

Alan Kaufman is an American novelist, memoirist and poet who was instrumental in the development of the Spoken Word movement in literature. ... Irwin Allen Ginsberg (IPA: ) (June 3, 1926 – April 5, 1997) was an American Beat poet. ... Alurista is the nom de plume of Alberto Baltazar Urista Heredia (born August 8, 1947), a Chicano poet and activist. ... Andrew Motion, FRSL, (born October 26, 1952) is an English poet, novelist and biographer who is the current Poet Laureate. ... Amiri Baraka was born Everett LeRoi Jones on October 7, 1934 in Newark, New Jersey. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Cutting-edge poet and novelist Giannina Braschi (b. ... Brian Patten (photo by Hugo Glendinning) Brian Patten (born 7 February 1946, Liverpool) is a British poet, born in a working-class neighbourhood near the docks. ... Chris Parkinson (born July 9, 1981 is a performance poet from Brighton. ... David Antin David Antin (born in New York City in 1932) is a United States poet and critic. ... Davy King - British writer, born 1951, Isle of Thanet. ... {Infobox musical artist | | Name = Ted Milton | Background = Poet, Musician, Puppeteer | Origin = London, England | Years_active = 1962—present | Instrument = saxophones, | Genre = Art rock} Ted Milton born 1943. ... Erykah Badu (born Erica Abi Wright, February 26, 1971, in Dallas, Texas) is an American neo-soul, R&B/hip hop artist whose work crosses over into jazz. ... Gerard McKeown (born 1980) is a writer from Ballymena, Northern Ireland. ... Guillermo Gómez-Peña (born 1955) is a Mexican-born writer, performance artist and educator. ... Hedwig Gorski (born Trenton, New Jersey, July 18, 1949 - ) is a performance poet and an avant-garde artist. ... Matt Harvey is a British humourist and performance poet who has published a number of books and makes regular contributions to radio broadcasts [1] . He began his carreer as a performer in 1992, giving live performances to audiences in the South West of England. ... Jayne Fenton Keane is an Australian poet, who received a BEd from Flinders University and has written three books of poetry. ... jas h. ... Colin Forbes was the principal pseudonym of British novelist Raymond Harold Sawkins (born in Hampstead, London on 14 July 1923, died on 23 August 2006). ... Jeremy Thomas Reed (born June 15, 1981 in San Dimas, California) is an American Major League Baseball outfielder who currently plays for the Seattle Mariners. ... John M. Bennett (b. ... John Cooper Clarke (born January 25, 1949) is a performance poet from Salford, Lancashire, England, affectionately known as the Bard of Salford. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... José MONTOYA es poeta y artista, de Sacramento en Califas, Aztlán. ... Konstantin Konstantinovich Kuzminsky ( Russian: ; born April 16, 1940 in Saint Petersburg, then Leningrad) is a Russian performance poet who emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1978. ... Kurt Schwitters (June 20, 1887 - January 8, 1948) was a German painter who was born in Hanover, Germany. ... Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha is a Toronto-based poet, writer, educator and social activist. ... Linton Kwesi Johnson (aka LKJ) (born 24 August 1952, in Chapelton, Jamaica) is a British-based Dub poet. ... Maggie Estep is an American poet and writer. ... Born on the southeast side of Chicago in 1950, Marc Kelly Smith is the founder of the Poetry Slam. ... Peter Wood Peter Wood (?-1993) was a british musician, born in Middlesex, England, and a member of Quiver, and Natural Gas, before he began to work closely with Roger Waters, as well as Cyndi Lauper, Jonathan Kelly and Bob Dylan just to mention a few. ... Quincy Thomas Troupe, Jr. ... Raúl Salinas de Gortari (b. ... Bio Michael Salinger is a poet/performer and educator living in Northeast Ohio. ... Lt. ... Rod Summers (born 1943, Dorsetshire, England) is a sound, visual, and conceptual artist, performance poet and dramatist, mail and book artist, publisher, archivist and lecturer on intermedia based in Maastricht, Holland. ... Front cover of the 1983 revised edition of The Mersey Sound Roger McGough CBE (born November 9, 1937) is a well-known British performance poet. ... Roger Robinson (born April 22, 1982) is an American football player who currently plays for the Arizona Cardinals. ... Roxy Gordon was a Choctaw and Assiniboine poet, novelist, musician and activist. ... Ruth F. Weiss, also known as Wèi LùshÄ« 魏璐诗, (December 11, 1908 - March 6, 2006) was a Jewish-born Austrian-Chinese educator, journalist, and lecturer. ... Saul Stacey Williams is most known for his blend of spoken word poetry and hip-hop. ... Sekou Sundiata is an African-American poet and performer. ... Sharanya Manivannan is a writer, dancer, painter, actress, photographer, journalist and activist. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Last Poets is a group of poets and musicians who arose from the late 1960s African American civil rights movements black nationalist thread. ...

See also

The following is a (very) partial list of performance poets. ... Hedwig Gorski (born Trenton, New Jersey, July 18, 1949 - ) is a performance poet and an avant-garde artist. ... The East of Eden Band was considered to be among the best practitioners of the poetry and music genre Performance Poetry. ... A poetry reading is a performance of poetry, normally given on a small stage in a cafe or bookstore, although poetry readings given by notable poets frequently are booked into larger venues (amphitheaters, college auditoriums, etc. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

External links

  • Is There A Future For Spoken Word? @ dropmagazine.com
  • DigiFlowz.Net Spoken Word and Underground Hip-Hop Distribution Network
  • Hedwig Gorski's Portfolio on the Southern Artistry Site
  • E-poets network
  • Festival Voix d'Amériques
  • Minnesota Spoken Word Associaton
  • Northwest Spoken Word Lab
  • Dreams That Money Can Buy - word orchestration & art
  • Karawane: Or, the Temporary Death of the Bruitist

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Performance poetry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1844 words)
The public performance of poetry became generally restricted, at least in a European context, to the staging of plays in verse and occasionally, for example in the cases of the Elizabethan madrigalists or Robert Burns, as texts for singing.
The term "Performance Poetry" was first published in the Austin Chronicle "Litera" column during 1983 in a press release Gorski wrote for a performance of the East of Eden Band in Austin, Texas.
Contemporary British performance poetry, influenced as much by stand-up comedy and MC performances as by its own history, continues to thrive at a grassroots level, with performances in pubs and theatres, as well as at arts festivals such as Glastonbury and The Edinburgh Fringe.
PERFORMANCE POETRY (1063 words)
These two schools of poetry have distinct historical definitions and should not be called "Performance Poetry".
Performance Poetry is a mixture of words and objects.
However, since each piece is competing with all the others performed that night (this is not a technical competition as in a slam - it is a competing for attention) I would assume the poet would make great use of the object/prop to create an interesting and exciting piece.
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