Something very powerful happens when poetry is spoken aloud and performed.
Poetry in all its forms captures and expresses thoughts, feelings and experiences in a raw and visceral way.
It is like a bird alighting on your hand something that wakes you to the sacred in the ordinary.
Poetry has flow and cadence, its lines undulate like a beautiful, untouched landscape. Poetry can frame a thought or feeling and describes it in photographic detail as if shot from many different angles at once, a little like the art movement cubism.
Performance poetry adds another dimension to this though. When a poem is spoken aloud it reveals its inner music. It becomes more than a poem. It becomes an incantation carrying the energy of the poets voice. The poem suddenly becomes vulnerable and mistakes can be made that can be deleted or edited on a clean white page. Performance poetry is sometimes edgy often unpolished but always true and always real.
Here are some of my favorite Performance poets and poems performed.