Happy International Women’s Day!

In honor of International Women’s Day one of my favorite poets, Sarah Kay, shared her poem This Type on her Facebook page. It’s a wonderful poem and I even used the last line as a writing prompt for FWF a couple of years ago. I want to pass this along to you guys because I think it is powerful. Please enjoy and don’t forget to share and go let the poet know how awesome you think her work is!

Awesome right? You can follow Sarah at:
Facebook: Sarah Kay
Twitter: kaysarahsera

If you wanted to read the (really bad) poem I wrote after reading this awesome one by Sarah you can read it here: Born To

Poetry Showcase! Beck Cooper

Welcome to Poetry Spotlight! I wanted to share a poem by the talented Beck Cooper with you guys today. I got the chance to get to know Beck a little bit at a national poetry competition last year and not only is she an awesome poet, she’s incredibly sweet and funny and she made me feel like a part of the group. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen this video if you pay attention to my other social media sites because I KNOW I posted it, BUT in case you missed it I wanted to make sure that everyone has a chance to hear Too Big.

This is a poem that a lot people can relate too, I know it speaks to me a LOT. I have had many thoughts like the ones that she shares in this piece. I love the power behind Beck’s words especially when she is telling herself to be her own best friend. I think too often we get caught up in our insecurities and forget to be our own support systems. I hope you enjoy!

If you enjoyed this be sure to like the video which was provided to bestow upon us the brilliance of poets like Beck by the amazing Button Poetry.

Also follow Beck: WrittenByBeck (you can purchase her chapbook, Man The Harpoons! It’s awesome!)

I read We’ve All Got Eyes, Man for #BlackPoetsSpeakOut

I wanted to get out there and DO something, participate in the change, lift the weight of the onslaught on justice with my own bare hands. But I didn’t know how. I kept asking, “What do I do?” and everyone kept telling me the best place to start was my talent, to raise my voice. In The Issues, Sharon Olds writes, “Don’t talk to me about Politics. I’ve got eyes, man.” That line plus the current state of our nation sparked this poem. So I thank blackpoetsspeakout for creating a place for us to make noise and demand change in a positive way. This is my voice, this is me saying I will not be silent. I will use my words to assist our cause.

I can’t believe I actually released an album!

In case you missed the news, my album has been released! I am so happy that it’s done, it was a lot of work but I loved making it. The album is not perfect, there are a lot of things I think I would have liked to have done differently but I think that it’s still pretty awesome! I hope you will go check it out and support me by purchasing it or even just by sharing it with someone you think may enjoy my work! Thank you to everyone who has purchased a copy already, you guys rock! I can’t wait to create another!

 

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Poem Of The Week! “Chalk Dust” by Jay Ward

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Whoa! It’s June already! Time is flying by, huh? Well I’m happy to be bringing poem of the week back! I know it’s been a while but I just had so much going on the past few months that I had no time to do any updates. Enough about me though, let’s get down to the real reason you’re here!

This week we are kicking off POW with a poem called “Chalk Dust” by an awesome poet I am proud to say I know, Jay Ward.  This poet is not only a phenomenal writer and performer but also an amazing sounding board when I have needed feedback on my writing in the past. He has such a strong voice within his writing and leaves the audience awed whenever he hits the stage. I know you guys are gonna love his work as much as I do!

Be sure you let Jay know how this poem made you feel! Leave him a comment on his YouTube, follow him on twitter @jayward2030 and check out his website: jaywardpoetry.com 

And of course I’m always eager to hear about what you think of the poetry I share with you guys, so leave a comment below or tweet me about it @talichaj

New Video! (Monster)

Hi there!

I’m really excited to share my official video of the poem “Monster”! I shot this video to accompany my debut poetry album, In the making, which was released May 1st. I hope you guys enjoy the poem!

A lot of people have said that they can relate to the content of this piece. I’d love to hear your thoughts on the topic. How does this piece make you feel? Have you ever experienced something similar or witnessed the aftermath of someone else’s experience? What do you think we can do to lessen the frequency of this situation? Can we even dream of lessening the frequency of this situation? Tell me what you think.

I’d love for you to connect with me on twitter @talichaj
I’m also on Facebook 

 

FWF/NaPoWriMo! “Life, love…”

 

Happy Monday! As always, the awesome/talented/creative Kellie Elmore gave an interesting prompt with Free Write Friday which you can read here. I hope you guys enjoy my take on it!

Make up your mind
I can not take your push and pull
Your hot then cold
You are an ever-swinging pendulum with all the back and forth

You are a Rubik’s cube
A high level sudoku
Not impossible to solve
But so much work to figure out

I am tired
Trying to make sense of everything you put me through
Never making sense of anything
My lids are so heavy

I used to understand.
I thought I understood
But now I am finding myself too often
In rooms that have just barely enough air in them to survive

But you want me to survive
Count on my will to stay with you
I feel rooted in your living room
And I just want to feel like I’m really home when I’m there

Tell me that I am home
Wrap me up, pull me close
Fill my nostrils with the scent of you
Until all I am is full of you

You are life
You are why I feel anything at all
And I just want to feel good with you again
I only want to be good with you

Make up your mind
Make up your mind to stick with me
Watch me love you even when I do not understand
Love me even when you do not think you have been understood.

 

Thanks for reading/listening! I hope you enjoyed my attempt at the prompt, if so, let me know in the comments below! You can also chat with me on twitter @talichaj or on my facebook page facebook.com/talichaj. And of course, be sure to follow the amazing Kellie Elmore as well @kellie_elmore!

 

 

Poetry album launch!

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I’m super excited to release my very first album on the same night that I will be doing my very first feature! I hope that those of you in Atlanta will come out and support this night of new endeavors with me! Don’t worry if you’re not in the area (or even in this country) the album will be available for sale online on May 1st as well!

More details will be coming soon! For now, be sure you are following me on twitter @talichaj to make keep up with all the updates!

Poem of the week “Desireé Dallagiacomo – “Thighs” (WOWPS 2014)” on YouTube

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Poem of the week is back! I was honored to be in the audience during this performance by Desiree (who was featured as poem of the week in this post also) at WOWPS last week (more on that to come). This poem is one of my favorites, I know you guys will enjoy it because you have the best taste 🙂

Desireé Dallagiacomo – “Thighs” (WOWPS 2014)

Make sure you check out more awesome videos of talented poets on the Button Poetry youtube channel!

Women Of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS)

Hello!

I’m really happy that I’ll be competing in the Women Of the World Poetry Slam (WOWPS) next month. It’s my first time taking part in such a large competition and I am both nervous and excited! If you don’t know what WOWPS is you can find out tons of information on the official website. It’s taking place in Austin, Texas this year (a place I’ve never been) and there will be 72 female poets from all over slamming. There are some intimidating names listed but I’m looking forward to meeting them and hearing them all perform. Wish me luck!

How can you help?

If you would like to support and help me get to Texas for the competition you can donate  via Paypal. The funds  will go towards airfare and transportation. Thank you for your support 🙂

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Free Write Friday! “You Called Me Love”

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The Prompt: Ponder This

Love was just a word
Just a flick of a tongue
A quick exhale
It only meant fleeting

And then you happened
And you’d call me ‘love’
And it made me feel like
I was burning under my skin

No one had ever gotten beneath the surface
Until you, your love, you nestled inside me
Wriggled your way through the cracks
I thought I’d kept well hidden

You planted your lips as seeds against the
Soil of my fluttering field heart and blossomed
A brilliantly beautiful thing you were,
And you’d call me “love”

My favorite past-time was running the
naked skin of my palms along the bared
Flesh of your back, kneading my fingers into
The softness that camouflaged the sinewy strength against your spine

No, it was looking into those eyes,
The ones that always drank me in as if I were the only thing to behold,
the way they turned my pulse into an impulsively pulsating rhythm uncontrollable.

Or maybe it was just loving you back.
Yes, loving you back as hard as I was capable
Until my knuckles ached from holding on
And my throat was raw from the strain of saying the words so much they became my exhale

Love never felt like butterflies to me
It was only just a word, fleeting
And then you happened
And you’d call me ‘love’

I swear there were wings inside
Beating gently against my ribcage
Eager to find their way to you
every time you called me ‘love’.

So it’s been a couple of weeks since I posted for #FWF it feels good to be back! I actually started a story for last weeks prompt but I haven’t had a chance to finish it yet, keep an eye out for a really creepy story though 🙂

I hope you guys enjoyed this, it was random as always. I look forward to reading what everyone else posted in response to this prompt as well! 

Be sure to check out Kellie on twitter @kellie_elmore and you can follow me there as well @talichaj 

In The Making album update!

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Thanks for your interest and support in my upcoming album “In the making”! I’m very excited about this debut project and am working diligently to make it a great experience for you. Recording wrapped at the end of January at P3 Productions with Peter Z. I’m currently doing all the “fun” post production things that you don’t think about when you first decide to produce and sell an album. It’s a lot of work and this is my first huge project so I am especially picky about every detail. The release is scheduled for March of 2014. I’ll also have pre-orders and promotions going on closer to March so definitely keep an eye out! Again, thank you for your support!

If you’d like to financially back this project and be a huge part of its creation you can do so by donating whatever you can. Every little bit counts!

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Poem of the week! “The dress poem”

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Happy Thursday!

I hope you guys are ready for an awesome poem because that’s what you’re about to get! This week’s poem of the week goes to “The Dress Poem” by Joy Young. I heard this poem a couple of weeks ago and LOVED it. I noticed in the comments that some said she reminded them of a young Andrea Gibson while performing this piece; I can see that. I loved the honesty of this poem. Joy’s voice is clear and pulls me in each time I listen to her. I hope you guys will enjoy this as much as I do!

The Dress Poem-Joy Young

That was good right?
Be sure to check out more of Joy’s poetry and let her know how much you love her talent!
website: joyyoungpoetry.com
Like her on Facebook: Joy Young Poetry
Follow her on Twitter: @haikutepoet

Thanks to Button Poetry for always posting such amazing videos of talented poet’s. Subscribe to their youtube channel, Button Poetry to see all the latest uploads!

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to let me know if you liked this week’s selection. If you have any suggestions for the upcoming editions of P.O.W. leave them in the comments below! See you next week!

Poem of the week! “Khaleesi”

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Happy Thursday!!! I think you guys are going to love the selection for this edition of poem of the week. “Khaleesi” by Tonya Ingram and Venessa Marco is a powerful piece. The performance is strong, their voices are strong and their message is definitely strong. Get the idea? Yeah, strong.

“I learned to be quiet when the anvils of a false prophet mistook my thirteen for playground.” Powerful performance.

Follow Tonya & Venessa on twitter and be sure to let them know how much you love their work!

@TonyaSIngram

 @marco_venessa

Link to video on youtube: Here

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Poem of the week! Joshua Bennett “Dear Stevie”

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Happy Thursday! (okay, I know it’s Saturday but just suspend your disbelief for a minute because I forget to publish this on the real Thursday)

This week the p.o.w. comes from an awesome poet named Joshua Bennett. I stumbled upon this poem while on a YouTube search for greatness and I found it. I love the vibe of his poem “Dear Stevie” and I believe it is a beautiful dedication to Joshua’s father. There are some really dope lines in this poem and I think you guys will agree with me that this is definitely poem of the week material! Enjoy!

You can follow Joshua on twitter: @sirjoshbennett be sure to let him know how much you enjoyed his poem and be sure to check out more of his work which you can find here: JoshuaBennettThePoet.