Powerful Poetry Performances


There are endless ways to consume poetry: read it in a book or on the walls of a bathroom stall, listen to it in class or on the radio. But there is magic in watching a poet perform their work live–hearing the cadence and rhythm as it is meant to be heard, watching the sweat drip off a poet’s brow, feeling the rush of the audience’s breath taken all at once. This collection of YouTube videos comprises spectacular poetry performances that will give you a fresh perspective on the art form.

"When Love Arrives" by Sarah Kay & Phil Kay

“Not Finished Yet” by Nkosi Nkululeko

“Hair” by Elizabeth Acevedo

“What Teachers Make” by Taylor Mali

“To The Girl Who Works At Starbucks” by Rudy Francisco


The following poetry collections are available on hoopla and are read by the author. Check one out now for a singular listening experience.

Counting Descent by Clint Smith

Homie by Danez Smith

Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith

Nature Poem by Tommy Pico

What Kind of Woman by Kate Baer

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