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Poetry in Motion Conference

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Mary Immaculate College

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Johanna Drucker wrote about poetry in performance as a ‘real time event’, something that is alive in the moment of performance. Spoken Word Poetry is poetry that is alive, that is in motion. The art form itself is also in motion as it constantly evolves and changes.

Spoken Word Poetry aka Performance Poetry or Slam Poetry has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. Music festivals have dedicated poetry stages, and cities such as Cork and Dublin have multiple nights dedicated to Spoken Word Poetry. While it has been ignored or discredited by some critics in the past, it has continued to evolve. With the success of poets such as Kate Tempest, Shane Koyczan, Neil Hilborn and Stephen James Smith, and the spread of poetry nights and poetry slams all over the world, it is an art form that needs to be discussed.

This conference is open to both artists and academics to explore what Spoken Word Poetry is and how it manifests itself in today’s world. It is an opportunity for performers and critics to come together and discuss its role in society. How does it differ from traditional poetry? What are the popular Spoken Word Poets today saying? Can the art form be used to help reconnect young people with poetry?

This conference hopes to bring together both research and practice to attempt to better understand Performance Poetry and its place in contemporary literature and culture.

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