I have always admired spoken word poets. While I have read at a number of open mics and launches, it is not with the same aplomb or flair as a practiced spoken word poet. It is a class of performance that I have never tried, a wonderful rhythmic tale that jumps from the tongue as if impatient to come out. After watching this video I was inspired and have the first line of a poem possibly suited to the form – ‘When we met you were yellow’. I am happy to let it germinate and see what sprouts.
This video shows the brilliant Sarah Kay giving a passionate performance of ‘If I Should Have A Daughter’ on TED Talk followed by a talk on her life and poetry.