|—||C. S. Lewis (via bookporn)|
Want to create a truly memorable or powerful slam poem? There are various tricks that you can use to make your slam poem stand out from other spoken work poetry at a poetry slam. Read this cheat sheet to write your own slam poetry—and learn how to wow crowds.
Do people stop and listen intently every time you tell a story? Then writing a narrative poem is right up your alley! Use this form of poetry to create a compelling character and plot that people will remember forever. Learn more at PowerPoetry.org.
There are lots of great reasons to enter poetry contests. A contest gives you a goal and deadline, so it may motivate you to finish a poem and make it the best it can be. Sometimes judges provide feedback to contestants, so you might receive constructive criticism that can help you improve your craft.
While you’re always welcome to read slam poems, ideally, this form of “spoken word poetry” is best appreciated when heard live during a performance. After all, poetry is meant to be heard, not just read!
They may not tell you,
but the poets are out there
Writing for the soul to unpack.
- from “A poem for poets" by Power Poet MythicalFishPen
Pick two poets who you think could have an awesome discussion or debate. Now, write that conversation in the form of a poem.
Whether you’re still in school, are about to graduate or have already moved onto the next chapter in life, nearly everyone can relate to what it feels like to be inside a classroom. Check out these five poems about school to see just how many different angles on education there are—then try writing your own.