In National Poetry month, and after a dry spell were I have been seeing my dad slowly die and finally be released from his broken body on Monday, April 1st, it’s time to go all in with National Poetry Month.
Tina “T Love” Smith invited me to feature twice this month. The first was on this Friday for First Friday which was just amazing. 10 minutes great music on the show, amazing feature. Even a great piece of art I helped dedicate and put attention into. It was afffirming. Made me feel like I was an important part of the Portland, Maine poetry community. Just awesome.
Planning to slam tonight at Dobra Tea at 7pm for the Last Chance Indy/Team slam for Rhythmic Cypher. Probably insane since I didn’t sleep well and got up at 3:30am for a 10 hour shift. I feel like I need to try to see if I can qualify to the semi-finals at RC. I love what Tina has done to make a radically inclusive and safe space for all of those that feel other. All of those that feel different. Where they can open up and be beautiful.
Yesterday, I went to a wonderful page poet (and I include Nate Amadon on that, he’s a slam poet who I think would just be fantastic on page) reading at the Walker Library for poets in Westbrook. I was also invited to submit poems for Moon Pie Press’s “Animal Spirits”, the first book was one of my favorite poetry books of 2012. She is taking submissions until June 1st for any animal/pet related poems. Contact me and I can forward you her information.
Tuesday, I am planning to slam at Port Veritas at 7:30pm at Bull Feeney’s upstairs. Another chance for page poets and slam poets to be together since the feature will be Bruce Spang, the poet laureate of Portland, Maine. Again last chance slam, feel like I need to go for it.
I will also be featuring at Dobra Tea at 11am with amazing poets for a fifteen minute set on both April 20th and April 27th. The feature for the April 27th feature is Dominique Ashaheed, the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Champion and second place in 2013. She thinks enough of our fair city of Portland, Maine that she will be doing a fundraiser for Port Veritas on Friday, April 26th, the Dobra show, a Rhythmic Cypher fundraised on Saturday evening at 7pm at they Mayo Street Arts Center. And then the RC poetry slam team finals on Sunday, April 28th; the Mama’s Crowbar reading on Monday, April 29th and the Tuesday, April 30th PV finals. Should be an amazing weekend of poetry. Thank you Ms. Ashaheed for loving my city.
I will be performing with amazing poets like Robin Merrill, Ryk McIntyre and Lanna Lee Maheux at the Unity $1,500 Cash Slam at Unity College in Unity, Maine. https://www.facebook.com/events/466680430054441/?ref=22
National Poetry Month is a rich time. There are now 2 slam teams in tiny Portland, Maine a small city of only 60,000 people. That’s insane. Already one of the smallest cities to host a slam team, now we have 2. After this week will be poetry slam team semi-finals on April 14th and 21st at Dobra Tea (Sundays – Rhythmic Cypher) and a final on April 28th. There will also be the similar same amazing semis and finals on Tuesdays at Port Veritas at 7:30pm at Bull Feeney’s upstairs. Semi-Finals April 16th and 23rd, and the finals on the 30th.
Going to be a heck of a month of poetry. Even on Saturday, April 27th there will be 2 chances to see 2012 Women of the World poetry champion (2nd this year) Dominique Asasheed in town. 2:30pm for a feature at Local Sprouts and 7pm for a fundraiser with another amazing poet at Mayo Street Arts Center. Will be adding links later.
Read poetry. Write poetry. Hear poetry. Join the circle of poets, it’s an amazing place. But it does tend to be a circle. Poets read other poets, and hear other poets, which helps them write poems. Join our circle and make art.
“If you want to really hurt you parents, and you don’t have the nerve to be gay, the least you can do is go into the arts. I’m not kidding. The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
― Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without a Country