Say It Out Loud

The medium is part of the message when a poet performs her work.

Tonight I attended a performance poetry workshop at WITS by the remarkable Emanuelee “Outspoken” Bean. Bean is a poet, a spoken-word performer, a WITS teacher, and youth slam poetry team coach for Meta-Four Houston. He’s passionate about his own poetry—and about helping others express themselves through their own words and voices.

What is performance poetry? It’s like the singer-songwriter who performs her original tunes. It’s the actor who writes and performs his own one-man play. It’s the commanding or demanding poet who wants to emphasize the power of his message by delivering it on the strength of his voice.

Check out this absolutely riveting example:  Anis Mojgani performing “Shake the Dust.”

If you’re interested in seeing a live performance, the Houston Slam Team will host the The 2nd Annual Bayou City Grand Slam (a performance poetry competition) tomorrow night, December 1, 2012, at 7 PM at MECA. Also, Bean hosts a slam every fourth Saturday at Boomtown Coffee in the Heights. The next slam is Jan. 26 at 7 PM.