Poetry on YouTube!

Aside from having a general appreciation for poetry and recognizing how much more intense it can be when engaging you beyond the page, there are a number of reasons or scenarios why you might watch or listen to poetry performances on YouTube:

1) You can’t make it to/can’t afford to attend an upcoming open mic or poetry event.

2) You need something to listen to while doing the dishes or working out at home, but you’re tired of everything in your iTunes library.

3) You’re curious.

4) You’re bored.

5) You want to be cheered, inspired, touched, infuriated, surprised, or all of the above.

Below is a short list of some of my personal favorite poetry performance clips on YouTube:

Sarah Kay, “Private Parts”: 

Staceyann Chin, “My First Period” (with a bonus haiku!): 

Rachel Rostad, “To JK Rowling, from Cho Chang”: 

Andrea Gibson, “Asking too Much”: 

Morgan Williams reciting “What Work Is” by Philip Levine: 

Megan Follows reciting “The Highwayman” by Alfred Noyes, in the movie Anne of Green Gables

And here is a list of websites where you can find more lovely performances online:

Top Ten Teachable Poems on YouTube

F**k Yeah Slam Poems! Tumblr

The 10 Most Amazing Slam Poets on YouTube

If you have any YouTube poetry clips or links you recommend, comment below and let us know!

-Hannah Amante

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