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Performance poetry is poetry that is specifically composed for or during performance before an audience. During the 1930s, the term came into popular usage to describe poetry written or composed exclusively for performance and for print distribution.

Whereas poetry readings featured poets reading their printed books for a live audience, some of which were recorded on audio media, performance poets use a different style of writing poetry that is more conducive to print and less suited for their oral presentations. Conversely, much performance poetry does work well when printed in books. Performance poets are often accused of having not academically trained in writing poetry, often as a result of intellectual snobbery on the part of other kinds of poets. (See Wellington underground poets). Their poetic allusions are to pop culture rather than to the great literature of the past. Consequently, many performance poets are denied credibility by academics, but they are able to build a greater audience for poetry by communicating to a wider audience.

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