Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Make a poem with me that answers this question...

How does poetry blossom in the midst of meditation?

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Monday, March 26, 2007

processing process / a circular experience

Current mood: contemplative

more (quest)ioning!

so a sista friend asked me about my writing process and i invited her to lunch (you know talking about process takes time). in my ever present quest to develop a workable applicable (to everything and specifc things in my world) poetics (in which to enrich myself and the beings around me)

i think alot about the manipulation of words, sounds, spirit, images, and bodies. here is what we came up with.

processing process/ a work in progress/ a collaboration between/among the universe (especially kriti and i)

process is was use to be tangible etheral consistent full of light and absence

process will not accept a bottle or magnitude

process must (not) be or always is touch

process is (or isn't) always lack of urgency

process is presence yet anticipating reincarnation everyday

process is fullness wholeness holistic

process is looking for or waiting with language

process is the struggle for aunthenticity

process is living

process is a medium

process is patience

process is energy

and emerging

and making language

and creating

and telepathy

process is how

peace and pieces of peace slivers and wholes and splayed light

The art of (quest)ioning

so on my consistent journey for art poetry relationship and a spiritfilled love affair with myself, i attempt to practice silence, even in a room of people. here is one installment of one of my listening sessions. look for more soon!


always and forever,

the art of (quest)ioning / or vibing to alice coletranes harp everyday

where is the real? who is a "micro"community? when is a sista?

when is a performance? which is a trinity? where is a body?

where is the hurt? which is a critique? how is a vulva? how is the trust?

which is a soul? who is a response? where is the tear? where is the blood?

where is the power? when is a color? where is the desire? when is a voice?

so, family~~~~sometimes the answer is the (quest)ion? word! word!

take some time and get lost or found in your questions about this world and the beings on it

love and life

Friday, March 23, 2007

Shange and Moving Toward Healing Poetics!!!

Hey people,

Here are the notes and activities that I shared with the audience during my talk on Shange and performative healing poetics.

Sharing in love and light,



Working the Chakras-

Green: Love, acceptance allowance

Each character in For Colored Girls’ personifies an energy field or chakra in the body. In traditional healing arts, the color green is associated with the heart chakra thus; “Alla My Stuff” is an imperative thrust toward the Lady in Green’s reclamation of self and self love. Lady in Green reminds the audience of the universal sound/expression of love, self acceptance, and allowance. The Green lady reclaims her own “tacky skirts”, her aired out vagina, “callused feet”, her “arm wit the hot iron scar” as her story, her walk, and her meditation on freedom, awareness, and wholeness.

This reclamation and proclamation illustrates specifically black womyn reclaiming ourselves; interestingly, the pieces, bodies, desires communities have harvested, historically and recently, for consumption. Lady in Green’s monologue is indeed a celebration of the reclamation of voice and herstory; and serves as an insightful glimpse into the importance of vocalization as expressive healing.

My stuff exercise: List all of the stuff that makes you the fabulous person you are. You can list descriptions of your personality, wonderful things you have gifted this world, or something special about you that don’t mind sharing with this group. Create a list of at least five items!

Dance this Fever Away!

In “No More Love Poems # 1” Lady in Orange deconstructs her individual experience as a “colored girl”. We enter the monologue as the Lady in Orange gains of awareness of what it means to be “her colored self” against a landscape of trauma and voicelessness. Thankfully, Shange does not leave the Orange lady rambling in a disorienting space of helplessness. By the end of the piece this character opens up to the joy of tears, rebirth, and the self-realization that comes as the character exfoliates feelings and despair and sorrow.

One more point of importance in this monologue concerns the development of a body narrative through the medium of dance. Shange, a trained dancer, peppers choreography throughout the performance of this play. Dance is what I like to call the unrestrained voice of the soul. Dance similar to vocal expressiveness allows the body to make strides toward healing by quickening the breath, warming the body, and securing the space where womyn can walk whole in their own bodies.

If your body to talk: Awakening to dance is a beautiful way in engage with your own body. Choose three body parts and allow them to have a free dialogue on the page. If possible allow the parts of your body to communicate with each other. Share your body conversations with someone next to you.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Ebony Presents Lecture on Performative Healing in the Work of Ntozake Shange

Greetings folks,

In observance of Women's History Month and every month, I will present an interactive lecture based on Performative Healing in the work of Ntozake Shange.

Please attend if you can!!!

Date: 3/21/2007
Time: 7 pm
Place: Miller Morgan Auditorum on the Campus of North Carolina Central University

for more information email

peace and love,e

Calendar of Events

  • June 1- Official Launch of Betty's Daughter Arts Collaborative
  • May 10, 7 pm, Gumbo YaYa @ Roses and Bread Women's Poetry Reading, Performance/Body Insallation, Brecht Forum NYC
  • May 10, all day, Experimental Theatre Final Performances NYU
  • May 7-8, all day, Gumbo YaYa, MA Symposium NYU
  • April 23, 6 pm Gumbo YaYa, -ism Gala NYU
  • March 26, 7 pm, Gumbo Yaya/ or this is why we speak in tongues, Tisch School of the Arts, Forum Series
  • Feb. 7, Brecht Forum, 730, moderating NO! film screening
  • Jan. 4, Common Ground Theatre, 8 pm, performance art night---Holding Space (a love poem for Meghan Williams)
  • Dec. 12, Ripple in Brooklyn, 8 pm, sharing poetic vibes for a jazz/blues show
  • Oct 27, Duke University, 9:45 am, Women Engage Hip-Hop Panel
  • Sept 14, PS @ Tisch, How Much Can the Body Hold
  • Sept 19, Righetous AIM, NC A & T
  • August 31-Sept 2, 75TH Highlander Anniversary
  • Anti-prison Industrial complex performance, Durham, NC
  • April 30 Shout Out, Carrboro, NC
  • April 24 Fingernails Across Chalkboard Reading, Washington, DC
  • April 14 Poetry Month Reading, Durham, NC
  • 3/31 Ringing Ear Reading, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Wednesday 3/21 - 7 pm Miller Morgan Auditorium, Performative Healing and the Work of Ntozake Shange, Lecture