With just six weeks until my departure to Korea, I am eager to find a community of writers and spoken word artists. Though I have been a fan of spoken word for years, I am new to writing such poems.
The poem I am going to share surfaced for me as I moved through these past weeks of farewells and reflection. I started to formulate this piece shortly after the Twin Cities Dyke March. In addition to being moved by the collective action of marching and demanding justice, I was also disturbed by my internal dissonance of desiring to shout in solidarity, and my actual silence during the chants.
You can see me walking along around 2:30. Though looking fabulous, I am not making any noise.
I wrote this piece to push my voice out. This piece is written as a letter to a runaway named Jenny. I love letter writing and feel most able to express myself through this medium. As I push myself to be louder, I write this letter as a bridge to spoken word. As a note, I intentionally use the violent language in this piece as part of my healing process.
I am eager to develop this piece, in addition to others that have been bubbling up. I'll be attending the 2011 APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit, "Moving it Forward, Bringing it Back", as a learner and aspiring writer. Please share any additional resources and learning opportunities you may have.