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Poetry Slam

Poetry slam is performance poetry which can feature a broad range of voices, styles, cultural traditions, and approaches to writing and performance.

A poetry slam itself is simply a poetry competition in which poets perform original work alone or in teams before an audience, which serves as judge. The work is judged as much on the manner and enthusiasm of its performance as its content or style, and many slam poems are not intended to be read silently from the page.

National Poetry Slam

The National Poetry Slam (NPS) is a performance poetry competition where teams from across the United States, Canada, and France participate in a large-scale poetry slam. The event occurs in early August every year and takes place in a different US city.

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Slam Poetry in Written Form

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Backwards slam, Free verseBaze, Dennis
Premium Member Poem Where's my wig beauty, irony, judgement, satire, slam, Free versehunjeri, njeri
My Body slam, society, spoken word, Free verseLarson, Brittany
Through your eyes christian, destiny, faith, identity, slam, spoken word, RhymeNicole, Sabina
Say Something beautiful, beauty, change, earth, slam, spoken word, world, Free verseBeauchamp, Maren
Mean Mr Azzhole - Rant abuse, bullying, conflict, satire, slam, I do not know?Baxter, Warner
Slam on Video art, bio, poetry, poverty, slam, spoken word, Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem How It Is slam, visionary, Free verseMasonis, William
Dear Sixteen Year Old Me angst, emotions, feelings, life, slam, spoken word, Free verseLarson, Brittany
SLAM THAT EXAM slam, VerseHargreaves, Tony
SLAM: MANKIND'S MESS slam, AlliterationHargreaves, Tony
Mop Bucket allegory, angst, introspection, memory, slam, voice, word play, BlitzSojourner, Magneeta
Learn Something career, computer, education, growth, slam, RhymeHarding, Lycia
Labels slam, Free verseLarson, Brittany
I did not forget you slam, spoken word, BioNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem Just 38 Cents a Day slam, society, Free verselawless, John
Premium Member Poem U call uaself wise slam, Free versehunjeri, njeri
We All Have Words slam, Free verseLarson, Brittany
Loser body, identity, pain, self, slam, words, I do not know?Ryan, Eden
Premium Member Poem SELF-CENTERED allusion, character, conflict, culture, slam, Light PoetryNunez, Kim Patrice
Premium Member Poem MY CLOUD NINE BY didee angst, feelings, immigration, racism, slam, today, Free verseQuinlan, Diane M
slaves of love deep, fear, pain, power, slam, truth, world, Free versentsie Spaten, Thabang
Hope courage, hope, inspiration, pain, slam, world, Free versentsie Spaten, Thabang
undefined emotions, girlfriend, love hurts, slam, Free versentsie Spaten, Thabang
Premium Member Poem The Gardener: A Soft Slam With Flowers slam, Free verseAechtner, Chris D.
Premium Member Poem 'Bite Me' Contest slam, RhymeThomas, FJ
Get off my cloud slam, Free verseMay, Joseph
Deep slam, spoken word, Free verseNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem MY CLOUD by BEV SMITH slam, Free verseSmith, Bev
Premium Member Poem My Cloud by FJ Thomas 'Slam' slam, RhymeThomas, FJ
Premium Member Poem Welcome to the Darkside - Slam is not for everyone slam, QuatrainThomas, FJ
Bad Bosses abuse, business, conflict, corruption, slam, Free verseSchumacker, Earl
Webpage analogy, conflict, introspection, irony, slam, symbolism, QuatrainMcLeod, Trevor
I Thought You Loved me break up, love, poetry, slam, Free verseLarson, Brittany
praying down my prey christian, power, prayer, slam, RhymeNicole, Sabina
Premium Member Poem RIOT anger, anti bullying, image, slam, Free verseWalker , Verlena S.
Personal Prison slam, Free verseLarson, Brittany
Your Word is My Spirit slam, spoken word, BioNgomane, Raymond
Premium Member Poem No Answer slam, RhymeCurtis, Jerry T
Addict slam, Free verseLarson, Brittany
Silence slam, strength, Free verseAnne, Megan
Why i hate Rap haters, but love Poetry slam, spoken word, Dramatic VerseNgomane, Raymond
Ultimatum slam, AcrosticMacfarlane, Cecilia
Little Beast child, feelings, identity, slam, society, spoken word,Free verseCh, Katie
I Shall slam, CoupletVassallo, Alfred
Acceptation, part 2 anger, celebration, imagination, rap, slam, society, truth, MonorhymeBurchard, Timmy
Acceptation, part 1 appreciation, education, inspiration, rap, slam, society, truth, MonorhymeBurchard, Timmy
Om Ega cancer, cry, dark, death, slam, BalladBurovac, Milan Georges
Open Letter to a Black Soul africa, black african american, slam, spoken word, BioNgomane, Raymond