PROMPT: Spoken Word/ Slam Poetry

Last Saturday at VoiceCATCH, we looked at some spoken word poetry–the rhythms and cadences, and the passion of the performers. You can check out a few spoken word pieces here:

Lemon Andersen performs Reg E. Gaines’ “Please Don’t Take My Air Jordans” (Ted Talk)

Rachel Rostad, “To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang”

Hollie McNish, “Embarrassed”

Sarah Kay, “If I Should Have a Daughter” (Ted Talk)

The writers above have something to say, something they feel strongly about. What do you feel strongly about? Here are a couple of prompts to get you started (you can write prose or poetry).

1. What I really want to say is ________.

Start your piece with this sentence. Whenever you get stuck, write it again and change what you put in the blank. See where it takes you.

2. Good ________/Bad ________.

Start a piece of writing with “Good ________” or “Bad ________.”  As an example, see M. Bartley Seigel’s This Is What They Say, which begins "Good children don’t swim in dead lakes.  They don’t congregate like cigarette butts along the line of sand and water.” What could you say about good or bad friends? Grandmothers? Teachers? Politicians? Brothers?