37 poets shouted out for top prizes at Salinas Union High School District’s “Evening of Spoken World VII,” on November 5th at the Salinas Performing Arts Center. Our very own Sergio Palmerin received an honorable mention for the performance of his two poems!
The Urban Dictionary defines spoken word as:
Spoken Word is poetry intended for onstage performance, rather than exclusively designed for the page. While often associated with hip-hop culture, it also has strong ties to storytelling, modern poetry, post-modern performance, and monologue theatre, as well as jazz, blues, and folk music.
Due to its immediacy and direct rapport with its audience, this type of poetry often contains references to current events and issues relevant to a contemporary audience.
At its best, spoken word is a powerful, high-energy form of expression that attracts artists and audiences of all ages from a wide range of disciplines and socio-cultural backgrounds.
The event was well attended and demonstrated some powerfully written and spoken word.
If you are a poet and want take your work to a new level [and maybe win some $ for college], check out the Flawless Scholarship Slam. This poetry competition throws down the gauntlet: “Whether you woke up like this or you had to work hard to achieve it, write a poem about an aspect of yourself that is worthy of respect and admiration — and you could win $1,000 towards your college education!”
Make sure you read the fine print before you count yourself a winner.
So tell us: what makes you Flawless? What makes you worthy of respect and admiration? Don’t be shy now, chime in!