I was worried that calling a “slam poem” a “slam dunk” was kind of lame, but this video seriously showcases a stellar performance. Lily Myers performed this piece in the spring’s College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational, and after watching, it should be no surprise that she walked away a winner. In “Shrinking Women,” Myers articulates her observations and personal experiences when it comes to female relationships with food and self-esteem, especially focusing on family influence.
Myers discusses the literal and figurative ways that women shrink themselves. She offers some really intriguing observations about how her relationship with food is different than her brother’s and what she’s come to determine is the reason behind that difference. Later, the room fills with claps after her line about prefacing questions with “sorry,” and it took me a second to realize I was nodding to myself because that is exactly my M.O.
This video has been out there a few months now, but recently got noticed by UpWorthy. I finally was able to watch after our very own Julia shared it with us here at The Gloss this morning, and it’s nice to be able to share it all with you all.
Myers’ performance definitely adds an important emotional component, but if you want to take a read and analyze on your own time, you can see the text in full over on the Button Poetry YouTube page.