“…The audience is usually made up of young people, which means that this is not a custom that is dying out— as prophets of the end of poetry maintain—but a living tradition, one that is being taken up and renewed.” —Octavio Paz
The living tradition that Octavio Paz wrote about is not the act of reading the poem aloud from a page or reciting what you have memorized, but rather the unity of poet and poem, an utterance from the soul of the author. A poetic message birthed in necessity and resistance. A spiritual moment of spontaneity that connects the artist with the audience, in which the higher-self of the artist is alive far from the limitations of mortality that flaw the consciousness of the lower-self.
Nowhere has the art of the oral poem been more cultivated over the last twenty-five years than the poetry slam.~ read more ~