In honor of World Poetry Day, we’re celebrating some contemporary wordsmiths by taking a look at some standout spoken word performances. Check them out below, and let us know on our Facebook page if you have any favorites that didn’t make the list.

1. Revision of “First Writing Since” by Suheir Hammad

“I’ve read too many books to believe what I’m told.”

2. “OCD” by Neil Hilborn

“She told me that she shouldn’t have let me get so attached to her…that this whole thing was a mistake, but how can it be a mistake that I don’t have to wash my hands after I touch her?”

3. “Shrinking Woman” by Lily Myers

“I asked 5 questions in genetics class today and they all started with the word ‘sorry.’ ”

4. Untitled by Talib Kweli

“Taught early that faith is blind, like justice when you facing time”

5. “If I Should Have a Daughter” by Sarah Kay

“Getting the wind knocked out of you is the only way to remind your lungs how much they like the taste of air.”


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