I am a poet. I love poetry...and I have a real soft spot for spoken word. For me, it is the love-child born from the esoteric allure of oral tradition and the intellectually adept prowess of literature.
Among some of my favorite story-tellers are Saul Williams, William S. Burroughs, and Buddy Wakefield. Lucky for me, I found Mr. Wakefield on my other favorite thing, TED Talks.
I've included a link below to his brilliant idea - noteworthy and acute. He gives a heady, vibrant talk about his experience with vipassana meditation, a form of breath centered meditation found worldwide. The closest training site to us here in Los Angeles is at the Sivananda Ashram in Grass Valley, Ca.
Buddy Wakefield on Vipassana: