Reema Major out of Toronto

picture into words

by Miss Cola

Look pon di man wit di machup face
but look at the beautiful music he makes
jamaica i love with the long long dreds
da patois di food and i most definetly love
the swagga they be rocking
hat titled to the side
this man looks rough and beside him
stands his bride
looking so unimpressed

Yellow

From a Writing Circle exercise after reading For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide The Rainbows Is Enuff:

By: Whitney

i am creamed with sugar

sweet-mixed butter

glowing in your baked goods

warming your belly

i am golden vanilla, plucked

sunflower petals, perfumed in

lemon zest and sunshine

 

 

*original graphic by whitney french

Where Did You Go?

by Amahnee

Your melt in my mouth melanin lingers

Like the bitter after-taste of longing

I keep searching the contours of my skin

For the remnants of your kisses –

The atlas to my dotted line desires.

Tongue like a felt tip pen

You bleed through my flesh

And stain the innermost

Like a ghost

Phantom touches on my chest.

Where did you go?

Midnight imaginings tick- tick- ticking the time away

As I create your vision in the mezzanine of my mind

Crayola dreams

‘Cause when I think of you, I tend to wax-poetic

But this mosaic of memory falters on the precipice

So I let my eyes lay in the darkness a little bit longer

And feed this hunger

To the resonating rhythm of a heart drummed beat

Where did you go?

Tiptoeing thoughts maraud my body

Snatching emotions from the depths

Hopes crash against my lashes

And lights ricochet off the lens

The sky raises its diadem, mocking a defeated night

And I sense my soul’s mutiny wading in the waters

Waiting

Waiting

Where did you go?

‘Bleeding Light’ by Sheniz Janmohamed

 

Sheniz Janmohamed is a spoken word artist and freelance writer. A graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of Guelph, she is the founder of Ignite Poets, an initiative that allows young poets to work together for peace. Her first book Bleeding Light is a collection of poems in ghazal form that traces the steps of a woman’s journey through night. She knows that in order to witness dawn, she has to travel through dusk first. Throughout her journey, she is caught between West and East, religion and heresy, love and anti-love, darkness and the knowledge of light. Each couplet is an independent thought and reflection, a pearl strung into a necklace. Bleeding Light is fraught with opposing, stark and often violent imagery heavily influenced by Sufi philosophy.

 

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Featured Video: Jasmine Mans – ‘Nicki Minaj’

19 year-old spoken word artist, Jasmine Mans at the 2010 Stomp Da Madness at University of Wisconsin (Madison).

Youth Poetry Slam

The ACCLF Writing Contest Launch and Youth Poetry Slam was held on  Friday December 17, 2010 from 6 – 10 p.m. in Toronto at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) auditorium located at 252 Bloor Street West.

Poets aged 15-24 are welcome to compete in the competition for cash prizes totalling $500! Contestants can sign up at the door between 6-7pm or email online info@acclf.com. There’s a $5 registration fee.

The event will be hosted by aka Subliminal and feature performances by Urban Arts including music by Roots Redemption.

For more info check out the ACCLF website here.

Good luck!

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