Lately, I have been watching a lot of spoken word poetry videos on YouTube. This has led me to read more poetry. I have found that I like reading the poems of poets who perform spoken word better than the poets who wrote their poems and left them in a book.
I like poetry that comes alive.
While reflecting on this, I found myself wondering why there were no Catholic spoken word poets. But then I remembered that I had not really looked for any. So, I decided to look for some – and I found five worth sharing.
1. “Yes to You” – Fr. Pontifex
Want more? Fr. Pontifex is also a rapper and has several albums on iTunes.
2. “Lukewarm” – Zealous
Zealous is also a rapper with albums on iTunes. This poem can be purchased on iTunes.
3. “Don Bosco” – Br. Steve, SDB
Br. Steve is also a member of the rap duo Bosco Boys.
4. “Five Thirds” – Kristin Brokaw
This poem was featured on Fr. Pontifex’s album The Invincibles.
5. “Vox et Veritas Salt and Light” – TJ Burdick
Epic Pew featured some of TJ Burdick’s writing. Check out some of the pieces he wrote here!
Sad to only see 5 poems on this list? Go out and start writing and performing your own spoken word poetry!
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