Kate Tempest, ground-breaking spoken word poet from London, won the Ted Hughes poetry prize for her ‘spoken story’ Brand New Ancients this evening.
I first experienced Tempest’s poetry at a spoken word night at the Royal Court Theatre, London last year and, I have to say, it has completely changed my view of poetry: what poetry can express, what poetry can do. The total bodily and vocal passion with which Tempest performs her poetry absolutely transforms the words of her poetry into something so powerful that it is hard to forget.
This is a much deserved recognition of the power of spoken word poetry in its own right; a genre integrating audio-visual experience with text in a way that is unquestionably current. I only hope to hear more from Kate Tempest and her on-going success.
This is one of my personal favourites of Tempest’s work, Patterns.