Got the amazing honor of reading works by Amiri Baraka and my own stuff with and for the likes of my mentor and friend Reg E. Gaines and Miguel Algarin, co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. I don’t really consider myself a poet, nor am I a huge poetry head, but I really appreciated all the amazing pieces I heard last night. Sometimes just one line of well-written poetry can be more powerful than a dozen pages of prose.
I read my monologue “Stay,” from my next one-woman show. Of the three sections, it’s the one I am the least confident about, which is why I chose it. Everyone laughed at all the right places and got great joy and meaning from the piece, and it was an absolute honor to hear poets I highly respect and admire tell me it was “very good.” I was floating on air!
Also, the space was incredible and had an art show by Art in Flux Harlem called “Soul & Vibe” up on the walls. Here’s one of my favorite pieces, “Flying Lotus Until the Quiet Comes Afro Girl” by Walter Lobyn Hamilton, which is made of real vinyl records!
Anyhow, here’s some of my work for the Jersey Journal this week.
The Jersey Journal:
- Jivamukti yoga studio in Jersey City to offer more than 75 classes
- Desir Decir keeps eye on the songwriting prize