“There is no simple, singular definition for Spoken Word. And maybe there shouldn’t be—most independent artists resent being cubby-holed since it puts a crimp in “the experiment”. Most word artists have historically been & currently are rebel artists; often they are marginalized people or social change activists. These artists resent “experts” defining their work and suspect a link to those who would streamline art as a commodity.
For the sake of scholarly study & to secure federal arts funding, however, academia seems to have settled on a definition: Spoken Word is a category of performance art to encompass any new seriously developed genre or traditional form that is primarily word-based & is not exclusively Music, Theatre or Dance but may include collaborations with other non-word-based art genres or works created in collaboration with artists from non-word-based disciplines. (Oh yeah, that really sounds simple.)”- http://www.spokenoak.com/define.html
WHAT IS A QUICK SPOKEN WORD ACTIVITY FOR THE CLASSROOM TO GET THE GEARS TURNING?
1. Start with 3 words (of your choice)… The key is to remind the students that spoken word is written WITH AN INTENTION.
2. List the words 1 at a time, and have your students write down as many words that come to mind when given the word. (List all 3, one at a time)
3. Then take some time to look over all of the brainstormed words and think of a small piece of Spoken word using at least 3 words from their own word bank (also can include the words given)
Example: Education: injust, rights, revolutionary, teachers, knowledge
Love: real, understanding, honest, listen
Reciprocity: equal, rights, listen, understand, tell, take, give
The product: MY love has to do with understanding MY rights to love and to BE loved. MY love MUST be reciprocated, NEVER negotiated, NEVER underestimated….FOREVER anticipated. MY love is my knowledge, which is FOREVER evolving, listening, and growing… -Lulua