Friday Five: Spoken Word Poetry

I’ve been sharing a lot of spoken word poetry in my classes this semester. Here are five of my current favorites.

If you’re new to spoken word, Sarah Kay’s TED Talk, “If I Should Have a Daughter,” is a terrific introduction to the form. She shares her journey to becoming a poet and writing teacher and performs two of her poems:

Teacher Clint Smith cautions us on “The Danger of Silence” in this TED talk:


It’s hard to choose just one poem by Phil Kaye, but I’m going with “Repetition”:


Malcolm London’s “High School Training Ground” highlights what really needs to be reformed in education (also, he’s only 20 years old!):

After you listen to Daniel Beaty’s powerful “Knock Knock,” be sure to read the children’s picture book he wrote based on this piece: