I (and a few uncertain but optimistic friends) hopped on the D train and headed downtown for a night of poetry at the Sheen Center on Sept. 10. To some, this may sound strange, or even dreadful, but unlike the poetry one might read in his or her Texts and Contexts class, spoken word poetry is performance-based. It is an art form of storytelling and metaphors.
This performance in particular, entitled “All Falls Down,” featured renowned spoken word poets Sarah Kay, Anis Mojgani, Hanif Willis-Abdurraqib and Clint Smith. The poets each performed before and after intermission, and finally, each concluded with a single poem, leaving the audience members’ heads spinning with literary ideas and long-lasting thoughts.
Each poet spoke out about a relevant social issue or topic at some point in his or her performance with artful respect. Additionally, each of the poets were encouraging and reverent of one another, noting that they had all been inspired or awestruck by one another at some point in their lives.