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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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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, Dramatic VerseSeeker, The
Premium Member Poem 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
Premium Member Poem MALTA The GREAT slam, Free verseVassallo, Alfred
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
Premium Member Poem CORRUPTS: EPIDEMICAL THIEVES- ninette corruption, people, political, rights, slam, slavery, NinetteGuillermo, Olive Eloisa
Premium Member Poem The Shining Mister Black abuse, evil, judgement, slam, SonnetLindley, Robert
HIM absence, anger, angst, betrayal, slam, stress, RhymeMan, Lyric
What I Was Too Afraid to Say Over Text Message slam, spoken word, Free verseFox, Kaitlyn
Premium Member Poem Playing Human humanity, humorous, life, pride, slam, society, soldier, Free verseA , Poet Destroyer
Silent slam, Blank verseBabbit, DM
Christian Believer Hypocrisy christian, faith, hate, judgement, slam, wedding, ClerihewJohannes, Edward
DESPERATE PEOPLE slam, RhymeHargreaves, Tony
Eye Cue slam, spoken word, wordFree verseNgomane, Raymond
Backwards slam, Free verseBaze, Dennis
Premium Member Poem Where's my wig beauty, irony, judgement, satire, slam, Free versehunjeri, njeri
Through your eyes christian, destiny, faith, identity, slam, spoken word, RhymeNicole, Sabina
Say Something beautiful, beauty, change, earth, slam, spoken word, world, Free verseBaker, Sarah
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: MATHS EXAM slam, VerseHargreaves, Tony
SLAM: MANKIND'S MESS slam, planet, AlliterationHargreaves, Tony
Mop Bucket allegory, angst, introspection, memory, slam, voice, word play, BlitzSojourner, Magneeta
Premium Member Poem Learn Something career, computer, education, growth, slam, RhymeHarding, Lycia
Labels slam, Free verseLarson, Brittany