Popular culture doesn't exactly give a glowing impression of performance poetry. Happily, as anyone who has been to an event will testify, performance poetry is powerful, Brilliant teen slam and often enrapturing, and as you'll see from our Word War case studyit has the potential to change your pupils' perceptions of poetry.
And in Scotland there are plenty of top poets and performance nights to choose from, from the wonderful Rally and Broad to the unforgettable Loud Poets. We've got verse on the brain just now with our upcoming event on Brilliant teen slam Poetry Dayand so we've decided to compile seven of our favourite performances from the world wide web for your viewing pleasure.
Hollie is a prolific voice with lots to say about current affairs.
This thought-provoking poem brings to account those who jump to convenient and damaging conclusions about immigration to the UK. Kate is a rapper and performance poet who loves to draw on classical mythology, and this poem is a prime example of how she can capture the universal truths of a story we all know and love. Brilliant teen slam
Benjamin Zephaniah is a man of many talents - a celebrated poet, writer and musician. This isn't the best quality version, but the live audience and off the cuff additions are a great enhancement.
The Brilliant teen slam follows the preparation of four teenage contestants taking part in an annual high school poetry slam in Chicago, and Nova Venerable's poetry about her family will leave you breathless. This poem is about Nova's absent father, and channels tenderness and anger often in the same breath.
Ok, this one isn't on YouTube - it's right here, right now on our website. During our Authors Live Poetry Slam inrapper Dizraeli wowed the audience with his touching, witty and sharp poetry.
We'd obviously recommend giving the whole thing a watch and experiencing the compelling performances of Elspeth Murray and Paul Lyalls, but this poem by Dizraeli is worth singling out for its emotional depth and inspiring message.
The poem comes in around Jenny Lindsay is a Scottish poet known for her dry humour, social commentary and storytelling. Jenny is one half of the aforementioned Rally and Broad: This poem is a small snapshot, barely an incident, but it's Brilliant teen slam powerful and thought-provoking as the rest of the poems on this list.
Polarbear is the stage name of Steven Camden, one of the UK's most respected spoken word artists. This poem takes us back to our awkward teen forays into love before spreading its wings and moving into Steven's relationship with his wife and son.
The only school-unfriendly bit is right at the start, so here's the link to click if you want to video to start after this bit. Rounding us off with something inspirational and uplifting is Scottish Brilliant teen slam Champion Miko Berry, whose honesty, vulnerability and humour have won fans across the globe he was fourth in the World Poetry Slam Championship in However, we've picked this one because it shows Berry at his affecting best.
Want to introduce your pupils to slam poetry, and get them writing their own? Your pupils can publish a poem on our website for our Journeys writing campaign.