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:
And here is a list of websites where you can find more lovely performances online:
If you have any YouTube poetry clips or links you recommend, comment below and let us know!