book a reading

Poetry must be heard. I knew as a Black person that when I asked somebody for a poem I didn’t mean for them to give me a book, I meant for them to ‘deliver’ it, say it, make it jump, fire the air with power and magic. ” 

– Ntozake Shange

book a reading

Poetry must be heard. I knew as a Black person that when I asked somebody for a poem I didn’t mean for them to give me a book, I meant for them to ‘deliver’ it, say it, make it jump, fire the air with power and magic. ” 

– Ntozake Shange

Poems are meant to be read aloud, shared, and expressed. Words hold an energetic frequency. How we say is as important as what we say.  I am a poet who recites their poems as they ought to be. With love. With care. With touch. “Spoken word” doesn’t fully communicate what I do and yet it is a term that has enthusiastically embraced the emotional and intellectual intelligence of tone, vibration, and presence as poetry. Words have power and how we speak them reverberates in our psyche. I look forward to every opportunity to recite a poem as it can expand channels of communication and set intention. Seeing a poem I conjured on the face of a listener transforms my practice and relationship to language. Facilitating spaces for poems to be shared alters a space and evolves our connection to one another. Oral tradition is crucial to our survival and animates the stories of our intimate lives. We survive in the telling.

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