Slam poetry isn't going to appeal to everyone--it's performance poetry that is generally loud and angry, or it rends the heart and leaves the listener feeling drained. It's not your grandpa's idea of poetry.
If you wish to learn more about it, the best way to do that is through watching/listening.
Go to YouTube and type "poetry slam" or "slam poetry" into the search box and settle in for an hour or so of dynamic poetry (or even more since you'll end up with about 22,000 results).
If you're more of a book person, look for The Spoken Word Revolution: Slam, Hip Hop & the Poetry of a New Generation edited by Mark Eleveld (Sourcebooks, 2005). It's a brief introduction to slam poetry and it comes with an audio disk.
Here's a completely different kind of slam poem:
The cats no longer try
to go in that room.
The door has been
slammed in their furry
little faces one too
many times. The thing
of it is--these felines
were smart enough to
learn their lesson.
Me? I'm still trying
to figure out why
I don't have whiskers.
© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.
Karen Edmisten is the host for this week's Poetry Friday Round-Up.