Poetry Slam at Nuyorican Poets Cafe
When my friends suggested that we should go to "Spoken word", I wasn't sure what to expect. My first reaction was: "Wait - like in the movies?"
As my mission for exploring fun things to do in New York beyond just going out to bars or dancing (which btw is awesome and still totally an activity on my weekly agenda ;) ), I was more than excited to give this artistic Friday night alternative a go! :)
And so, last Friday my girlfriends and I found ourselves at a very hipster (first reaction: so Berlin-ish) poetry bar in East Village: Nuyorican Poets Cafe. At 10:30 the lights went low, and an energetic woman (who said "fuck" at least 10 too many times ;) ) jumped on stage and beging speaking of our evening treat: Shakespeare style poetry mixed in with Trap music. Then, the room stood up and begin dancing "like in an 80s music video". It was fun - the atmosphere was upbeat and everyone was very excited for the actual poets to start.
However, the poetry that followed the upbeat introduction, was much more deep and heart - shaking, than one could expect. Topic ranging from violence, through immigration, pregnancy, Genozide, and ending at unreturned love made me at time feel goosebumps apear on my back. It was tough - tough to swallow and tough to digest. But most importantly, it was very important and I would even say as far as say necessary. It has been months (if not years) that I have been truly deeply moved by art that was not a movie or a book. The poetry slam made me feel liberated, scared, empowered, overwhelmed, and ... so so so very human.
If you have a chance: go. Absolutely do go. Not only will you get the chance to appreciate the creativity of people around you, but also your world view might shift - just a little. And if it doesn't, which is completely ok, at least you will get a chance to see another human in the most raw form: expressing thoughts and emotiona straight from the heart.