Resources for Aspiring Spoken Word Artists on February 1, 2014July 27, 2022 Updated version of this post here.
I appreciate you sharing pointers and information about getting started in the Spoken Word world. I'm finally taking a leap of faith and sharing my words with the world, so I'm taking everything in! I've been writing for many years and I thank you for sharing!
@Softspokin: a fair warning that I don't always have time to give detailed feedback to every poem people send me, but you can reach me at email@example.com
I've been writing for years, how can I share my work with you to get your opinion
Stephen– thanks for the comment. I wish I had more info regarding your question. I know people post poems all the time on social media, whether Facebook, Instagram, YouTube or whatever, and sometimes can even build followings doing that, but I don't know a ton about the strategy behind it. I would imagine that there are online communities/forums/reddits/etc. devoted to people posting their work too, but again, I just don't know a ton about that. Most of my experience has been in physical spaces. It's a great point, though, and I guess also overlaps with a larger question of traditional publishing– finding poetry journals, magazines, etc. that intersect with your style/interest and maybe getting into the submission game. Wish I had more to share!
I really appreciate the tips and the resources Guante. I was wondering if you had any suggestions as to forums to share work, both written and spoken? As a single father it’s hard to get time for open mics.Also, I don’t know how you feel about it but I found Sarah Kay’s TED talk some what helpful and would recommend it to any aspiring artists.
Thanks for replying!Okay, I will try writing without and see where it leaves me – it's daunting trying to find a style, but I guess I've just gotta dive head-first into it.
Hey– that's a great question, and I would say NO, poetry does not have to rhyme. Rhyme is just a tool, and some poems use it while others don't. If you listen to any of my spoken-word stuff, almost none of it rhymes. So yeah, rhyming can be useful, or can be a challenge, but if you feel that the rhymes are forced, I'd definitely encourage you to take a break from rhyming and just write in a way that feels natural for you.
Guante, thanks so much for sharing these resources. I hope to begin writing and this will be invaluable. A quick question, if you have the time… Is rhyming important? I wrote something last night and the lines rhymed… It seemed like I was forcing it a little.