Poetry slams : reasserting poetry's oral tradition

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  • Part performance, part competition, poetry slams are boosting poetry's popularity with children, teens, and even adults. In section one of this NewsHour report, Elizabeth Farnsworth talks with nationally ranked slammers Ariana Waynes and Roger Bonair-Augard about the concept of slamming and their experiences with the genre. In section two, Spencer Michels investigates the positive impact that slamming is having on at-risk youth, as demonstrated by the Youth Poetry Slam League sponsored by WritersCorps, an organization that works with young writers in schools, detention centers, housing projects, and shelters.


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  • National Poetry Slam (1:03) -- Ariana Waynes' Performance (2:12) -- Roger Bonair-Agard's Performance (2:10) -- Origin of Slams and Its Participants (2:43) -- Role Models for Slam Poets (1:25) -- Influences and Criticisms on Slam (2:00) -- Reaching the Audience (2:04) -- Writer's Corps in San Francisco (1:41) -- Young Slammers (3:50) -- Preparing for the Poetry Slams (3:44)
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