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Below is the poem entitled Slammed which was written by poet Danielle White. Please feel free to comment on this poem. However, please remember, PoetrySoup is a place of encouragement and growth.

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They try to silence, say it's about violence,
repression, oppression, obsession,
ignorance is bliss, quess what they can kiss,
they slander, they pander
it's a knee-jerk reaction to the right-wing faction,
fear of something new (like people of hue?),
it's a sign of the times, it's loose but it rhymes,
they say it's not written-you gotta' be kiddin'-
it ain't ad libbed, you can't pull it from thin air,
I wonder what it is that's made them so scared?
It's about ANGST not ANGER you see,
poetry is art and art must be free.
So quit slamming the SLAM, those who don't understand,
it's a legitimate form, despite your scorn,
Look: I hate Haiku, but you can write 'em if you choose,
I got nothing to lose (I think they're a snooze)
you don't like it, don't read it,
but don't ban it just 'cause you don't understand it.

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  1. Date: 3/23/2012 1:43:00 PM
    This is the fisrt slam I read here. Good job. Do you perform as well? I have a friend who does performance slam and it is amazing. Although, I prefer to write haiku, it's just a cultural thing I guess because it's what I grew up with.