Update: This trip was cancelled. But the intention was positive and preparing for this event was sobering. I truly hope to make it in the future.
Peace, fam. Amazing news! We're rollin' to New Orleans for the New Orleans Poetry Festival 2019. This April is National Poetry Month and it's going to be banger! Rica and I, alongside some of the dopest writers and reciters either side of the Mississippi will converge upon one of the grittiest, most beautiful cities in the world for three full days of Literature, Music and talkin' sh!t the way poets do. In addition to being our first major road trip, this event holds great significance for me as a southerner and a Creole. We'll also be stopping on the way to connect and reconnect with some fellow free spirits.
And so it begins.
Again, a grin scrapes its way
Through the grimace on our prayers:
For the fallen. The forgotten.
The beautiful ones who speak
With the twang of a god
And twist of a timeline.
Tequila-tarnished sun in your rise
From the grave to grace.
We are butterflies crossing freeways.
Razor-witted obsidian simian scholars
Calling each other culprit.
Preachers rockin cock rings in the pulpit.
Picking our dreams clean
Close your eyes, eclipse an illusion.
Listen. Find truth in confusion.
It is there. Like we are here.
Survivors: the plural of phoenix.
Get right (light). Get write to writin.
First you gotta flex ya fist like ya fightin
Work out the joints and points of real pressure
Ya nails pretty? Them pressons is gone getcha.
Get you a lil lotion to lubricate the motion
But left to right this is a different type of strokin.
You think I'm jokin. This is serious bidniss.
Son I'm serious wit this I got experience in this.
I do it cuz I love it. Don't try to doubt it.
Baby I read the bible and write rhymes about it.
Now half of this process is preparation
Half of that preparation is separation
Places w/ ventilation preferably silence
Experiment w/ various writin enviroments
Prepare for retirement find alignment
Getcha mind set you ain't wrote a line yet
Listen up. Writers you been invited.
Meeting another writer I'm so delighted.
Writing's a good choice. I'm glad you decided.
But I don't wanna say the wrong thing so I'mma write it.
The connoisseur wants that but I'm a dinosaur.
I write raps on napk...