More often than not when people think of “poetry” they think of something that’s “not for them.” It’s too confusing, too complicated, too… something. Well, if you’re looking for a way to try and get past that start checking out slam poetry (also referred to as “spoken word”). There is something so dynamic and captivating about seeing these poets give voice to their words. They can move you to tears, they can make you laugh, make you proud… there’s a power in poetry and they help you to see that.
Below please check out the poem “cuz he’s black” by Javon Johnson. The words hold a power on their own, but hearing them spoken by their creator… you can’t help but be moved.