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Slam/Spoken Word

Poetry began as part of an oral tradition, and the Beat and Negritude poets were devoted to the spoken and performed aspects of their poems. This interest was reborn through the rise of poetry slams across America in the 1990s.

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1926-1997
1934-2014
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Anne Waldman 1945- Beat, New York School, Slam/Spoken Word
Patricia Smith 1955- Contemporary, Slam/Spoken Word
Jeffrey McDaniel Slam/Spoken Word
Allen Ginsberg 1926-1997 Beat, San Francisco Renaissance, Slam/Spoken Word
Amiri Baraka 1934-2014 Black Arts, Jazz Poetry, Slam/Spoken Word