Spoken Word Poetry literally translates to “the spoken word.” It is the common tongue, it can be conversational, and it should be accessible. It is the place where the streets meet the books and both learn from each other.
Spoken Word poetry arms itself with an arsenal of literary tools and devices that range from similes and metaphors, to rhythm and rhymes, alliteration and assonance. It is not bound by rules and regulations nor real walls and imaginary borders.
Lyricists of this craft strive to flow with the cypher using vulnerability as their strength and their tool to see each other’s humanity and light, to express their inner-self, and to begin to create and deepen community.
We are moved by the social justice leaders, musicians, artists, activists, and poets of all kinds who’s whose shoulders we stand upon today. Our politics are molded by our elders and family rooted in the belief that no mother’s child should ever be made illegal or neglected love.
We are in a peculiar and critical moment in history where we are all in deep need of healing. Spoken Word is our canvas to rehearse the peace we want to see in the world.
“Peace is not the absence of conflict, but our ability to deal with it.”