Sometimes the best way to explore and feel poetry is to sit back, close your eyes and let it wash over you as you listen to a live reading. Spoken word refers to an oral poetic performance art that is based mainly on the poem as well as the performer's aesthetic qualities. Check out our video list for some fantastic live poetry.
Nikki Giovanni's "The Way I Feel" on Spotify (incredible spoken word album, backed by badass jazz; very sexy)
PBS "Poetry In America" series (great video content about poetry)
New Letters on the Air (an archive of interviews with poets and writers; originally recorded and produced right here in KC at UMKC)