By Darrell Mitchell II
Helpful tools, tips, and techniques that can improve your spoken word poetry performance. The goal of this book is to provide a “How to” guide with principles that can be used to improve content and stage performance. This book doesn’t come with the promise of making you a great spoken word artist or the experience of a world famous poet. Instead it provides tools, examples of techniques and it offers tips, which if practiced correctly, can improve your confidence, focus and execution. Every artist comes equipped with their own amount of creativity, imagination and inspiration. Storytelling is a big part of spoken word poetry as well, but if you are not able to tell that story or relay a message clearly to people then there might as well be no one listening. By utilizing examples from the P-Arts (Performing Arts) program and workshop courses that have been implemented in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles and San Diego area of Southern California through DM Ink Publishing. You will be able to apply the same techniques which have helped many spoken word artist and poets to develop and improve their skill. I‘ve spent years performing, writing, reading, listening and publishing spoken word poetry. With three published spoken word poetry paper back and E-Books as well as two spoken word albums available internationally it has been a great learning experience. As a fan, an artist and facilitator of workshops I can relate to the frustration of having a good performance piece and not being able to get the message through to the audience. Or being nervous and not having any prior training or years of experience that would assist with speaking in a small or large venue. By incorporating a few tips used by spoken word poet professionals, readers will find this book will -Provide helpful tips of structuring the content to your piece so that it flows. -Go over various spoken word techniques. -Provide tools to improve your delivery. The areas of focus covered are just a few pieces to a larger puzzle in the areas of communication and writing that could benefit an aspiring spoken word artist. This book has been used in performing arts workshops and the tools have been successfully applied during performances and network writing sessions. Principles are universal and I’m not saying that every artist needs to adapt these tips in order to be considered great, because in the spoken word poetry market everyone is unique, or at least they should be. Each person has a story to tell and it can have a powerful effect depending on how the writer delivers it.