And so, we are delighted to present this year's shortlist . . .
The poems/performances are listed in alphabetical order. Scroll down, click 'play', and feast your eyes/ears.
And don't forget, once you've done that, click on our voting widget to register your support for your favourite poet/spoken word artist.
The voting is open from now till 5pm (BST) Sunday 11 August.
One vote per person. But if you've already voted, spread the word . . .
We'll announce the winner soon after voting closes on the 11th.
1. Janette Ayachi, The Black Tapestry Of Amy Winehouse
2. Erin Fornoff, August in New Orleans
3. Piers Harrison-Reid, FuriousBirds
4. Rowan James, Norwich Road
5. Marie Marshall (reading by Dani Adomaitis), O great maritime bears
6. Jim Monaghan, Lies about Iraq
7. Tracey S. Rosenberg, The Final Heist
8. Steve Smart, Smith Corona Fugue
9. Catherine Woodward, A Waitress to a Chinese Customer
10. Chris Young, Choose Me
[UPDATE (11 AUG): VOTING HAS NOW CLOSED. WE'LL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER ETC LATER TODAY]