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  Spoken word 15 Feb 2006  
Performance poetry

It may not be Wordsworth or Keats, it’s not even Carol Anne Duffy. But performance poetry, sometimes called spoken word, has an increasingly enthusiastic following in this country. It’s predominately a black form of poetry, and the venues are clubs and pubs in urban centres like London, Leicester and Manchester. 

The poets are anyone who has something to say - whether it’s politics, feminism or just about day-to-day life and relationships. Originally from an era of rap and slam poetry competitions in America, Spoken Word venues in this country tend to have a less competitive atmosphere. Perhaps that’s why more and more women are encouraged to stand up and perform. They include poets with names such as Flo-etic Lara, Poetically Buff, Sifundo and One-ness, who is perhaps the most well-known and established female performer on the scene. 

Woman's Hour reporter Sara Parker went to the packed front room of the Dogstar pub in Brixton South London to hear them perform.


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