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Spoken word

Spoken word is artistic performance using only, as the name might imply, the spoken word. One of the most common sorts of spoken word performances is performance poetry, where a poet either reads previously-published poems, or reads poems specifically written to be performed aloud. Another kind that has gained popularity in recent years is political and social commentary, done in such a way that it is, while still prose, somewhat more artistic than a typical speech. Spoken word artists are often poets and musicians.

Artists known for spoken word performances and recorded spoken word releases include:

See also: Dub Poetry