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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

These are examples of Slam poems written by PoetrySoup members.

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Can't Bear the Cant slam, Free verseNeves, Timoteo
Maybe If They Fired You, You Would Have listened slam, spoken word, Free verseLarson, Brittany
Premium Member Poem Across The Border anger, corruption, how i slam, spoken word, Free verseA , Poet Destroyer
nothing left to say slam, CoupletNicole, Sabina
the passion fruit slam, spoken word, RhymeNicole, Sabina
Paranoia absence, anxiety, lost, slam, suicide, Free versesibiya, siza
Premium Member Poem The Body Shame Game slam, society, Free verseManassian, Eileen
How A Bill Becomes Law slam, RhymeMcClain, Brian
Grandma Rides her Broom slam, Free verseAlter, Walter
Diagram Semiotics slam, Free verseAlter, Walter
Black Helicopters Overhead slam, Free verseAlter, Walter
Etruscan Smile slam, Free verseAlter, Walter
The Uncontained crazy, howl, humanity, slam, Free verseAlter, Walter
Monstrous Violations of Reality slam, Free verseAlter, Walter
I Meme, Therefore I Am crazy, how i feel, slam, Free verseAlter, Walter
Reality how i feel, hurt, slam, RhymeNicole, Sabina
Words from above encouraging, identity, slam, spoken word, RhymeNicole, Sabina
My Body slam, spoken word, Free verseLarson, Brittany
Purpose slam, spoken word, Free verseClay, Mindy
A moment with a stranger best friend, emotions, friend, slam, sweet, RhymeNicole, Sabina
Premium Member Poem Prodigy of Ignorance slam, RhymeDavey, Brian
The Perfectionist is Listening slam, Free verseAlter, Walter
Premium Member Poem The Frontal Authority slam, RhymeDavey, Brian
Too Much slam, spoken word, Free verseLarson, Brittany
Maybe I'm Tired slam, Free verseAlexander, Charlotte
Premium Member Poem Loud grunting anger, animal, epic, evil, slam, soldier, tribute, Dramatic monologueA , Poet Destroyer
stereotypical girl games, girl, how i slam, women, Free verseStewart, Chloe
Premium Member Poem SLAM Wannabee slam, RhymetheKidster, SillyBilly
To My Ex-Boyfriend adventure, boyfriend, love, mystery, slam, Free verseFox, Kaitlyn
Not Again emotions, for her, for slam, truth, I do not know?Thompson, Tyanna
Hi I am a Woman slam, woman, women, Free verseCarlson, Cali
a few realizations on my last ex-boyfriend boyfriend, break up, sad slam, Free verseCarlson, Cali
Plastic Society fear, patriotic, planet, power, slam, world, Free verseClay, Mindy
Premium Member Poem The Devil's Game culture, destiny, future, slam, Free verseSeeker, The
Nailed On The River Styx christmas, humorous, lyric, slam, society, symbolism, urban, Free verseSpangles, Suki
See You angst, cry, dad, death, slam, song, NarrativeHansel, Sabrina Niday
False Portrayal body, change, culture, gender, slam, spoken word, Free verseGoldstein, Nicholas
Carbonated Sizzle Stop slam, Free verseShowalter Swift, Ingrid
Sad Song death, depression, dream, love, slam, song, sorrow, RhymeNicole, Sabina
Walking With My Now slam, NarrativeWilliams, Scott
Premium Member Poem You Stink At This slam, write, writing, RhymeCurtis, Jerry T
Look Spoken And Served dedication, imagination, meaningful, slam, smart, wisdom, writing, EpicMac, Quincy
Premium Member Poem I Wore Your Skin anger, bullying, dark, deep, slam, Dramatic VerseA , Poet Destroyer
Straight to the point conflict, hip hop, meaningful, slam, EpicMac, Quincy
Premium Member Poem Quick Slam slam, RhymetheKidster, SillyBilly
Monday Monday slam, truth, DodoitsuBrindley, Wendydawn
Handling Anxiety in 10 Easy Steps slam, spoken word, Free verseLarson, Brittany
Premium Member Poem WHISPERS slam, Free verseaustin, daver
I Don't Understand slam, RhymeNepal, Bikal
Premium Member Poem New Age Poetry For The Silly Masses feelings, nonsense, silly, slam, writing, Free verseLindley, Robert