This is part 2 of a special 3-part series called “Spectacle or Spectacular?” These are stories about people who dare greatly, hopeful of a certain outcome, with no guarantees. They will draw critics and supporters alike. But what made them dare their actions – what caused them to step out so boldly – and for today’s show, we explore Spoken Word Art.
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Spoken Word Art.
Spoken word artists stand on stage and spill their hearts out. It’s a process that may leave the audience uncomfortable, giddy, engaged, love-struck, or inspired all at once. These are powerful words that can help heal the soul or tear up old wounds. And each work can be judged as spectacle or spectacular if you want it to… But based on the individuals we spoke to for today’s show, there can be little doubt. Their work is spectacular.
Spoken Word Art – Defined:
Spoken word is an oral art that focuses on the aesthetics of wordplay and intonation, and voice inflection. It is a ‘catchall’ that includes poetry recited aloud, including hip-hop, jazz poetry, poetry slams, traditional poetry readings and can include comedy routines and ‘prose monologues.’ – Wikipedia
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Spoken Word Art with Matt Loeb and Coral More
Spoken Word Artists Matt Loeb and Coral More join me from Vancouver, BC, to discuss the art of Spoken Word Poetry as it relates to what’s left on and off stage. Their stories are riveting – and their words even more so.
Guest Bio: Matt Loeb
Matt Loeb is a spoken word artist whose poetry ranges from candid honesty to biting satire. Matt was a finalist at the 2014 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and became a semi-finalist after joining a last-minute “Wild Card” team at the 2014 Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In 2015, he founded the Windsor Poetry Slam.
Matt is a prolific writer who has performed almost 100 different poems in slam poetry competitions, making him one of only a few poets in North America to achieve this. His nerd-themed poetry has also been featured on the popular sci-fi blog, i09. Matt regularly hosts the Vancouver Poetry Slam and writes the webcomic Brain Thought Word Say.
Guest Bio: Coral More
Coral More is a Vancouver-based poet, a member of the 2015 Vancouver poetry slam national team, the 2015 Vancouver individual world poetry slam, and the Canadian individual poetry slam representative. She has traveled to Oakland for the national poetry slam, Washington D.C. for the individual world poetry slam, and Saskatoon for the Canadian Festival of Spoken word. she has featured at slams in Squamish, Saskatoon, Victoria, Seattle, Olympia, and Portland. Coral writes as an act of storytelling, healing, and reclamation. She believes the spoken word can offer insight into the lived experience with the potential to change how we view ourselves and the world. When coral isn’t performing, she pursues a BA in psychology at UBC and eats copious amounts of Twizzlers and tea.
Spectacle or Spectacular?
In the case of Spoken Word Art… it’s subjective. In the case of Matt Loeb and Coral More – “Spectacular!”