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Sway Magazine Covers Literature for Life’s White, Black and Read All Over

with a special mention for Womenz Wordz, Rootz Kizzy!

[excerpt]

… Spoken word poet, writer and Literature for Life Ambassador Roots Kizzy was introduced to the program only a year ago through her own home.

She said, “I love the movement, I love the cause they’re working for right now. Building healthy women  and children is important right now, especially for young Black women. It helped me to be able to interact, to be able to move into networking with women across the city. The writing circle is what helped build up my motivation because I was already writing and I was already performing and needed an outlet to explore different venues different people.”

Kizzy delivered two powerful pieces to a resounding applause throughout the room. Her voice alone dictated control and authority. Writing since the age of ten, Kizzy grew through the program and is now looking forward to her first work of poetry being published in December.

Kizzy was mentoring young women within her own community before becoming an ambassador for Literature for Life.

“The program inspired me to be a better woman,” she said thoughtfully, “to be a better researcher and to just pursue my dreams as a woman, as a mother, to growing my child the way that’s best.”

[by Fabien Alexis for Sway Magazine; 2 Nov 2011]

Blessing and best wishes Kizzy!

Read more of the article and view pictures here.

Roof & Ground

by Rochelle

I WILL WAIT FOR YOU

I WILL BE HERE WHEN YOU’RE GONE

I WILL BE HERE WHEN YOU GET BACK

I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU

 

THE ONLY TIME YOU NOTICE OR TAKE A GOOD

LOOK AT ME IS WHEN EVER YOU’RE LAYING ON

YOU’RE BACK THEN YOU RELAIZIE.

I WAS THERE ALONG .

 

THE CEILING

 

YOU STEP ON ME YOU KICK ME

SCUFF ME SOMETIME YOU PUNCH ME , PUT

SO MUCH PRESSURE ON ME YOU DONT EVEN KNOW IF

I COULD HANDLE IT THEN YOU TURN AROUND

AND CLEAN ME UP LIKE IT NEVER HAPPENED

 

I’M THE GROUND

 

glass box

by Makida Jones

The silence some say is good for you
Begin alone some say is relaxing
but if that’s the case
why am i anxious, always
and never feel so good

As if i’m standing in the middle of somewhere
thousands of people surround me
yet still by myself
and despite the fact that the people swarm frantically
and acknowledge me with their hellos
I’m still alone

I’m in a glass box
although i can see everything
I’m isolated
I try to break out
it just won’t break
The glass is too thick
I can’t climb out
I’m locked in

Outside this box
what’s really out there?
Do i really wanna know for myself,
or am I just curious to hear the stories?
No & No
those are the answers
You see inside this glass box
Im safe
although its not healthy
I’m safe
Safe from the unknown whether good or bad
Even though i’m isolated, I’m okay!
….
Am i really okay though ?
Damn, it’s really hard to be in love alone.

Far Away by Marsha Ambrosius

‘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.

 

Sheniz on Twitter, on Myspace

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).

motion’s graf @ hiphop-homage.com

“Spreading Love – Showing Respect & Paying Homage!!!”

HipHop-Homage.com is an online ode to all great aspects of Hip-Hop. Featuring the Art of the multi-talented SteelCity dweller Eklipz, HipHop-Homage is a portal to express and expose the culture and art of Hip Hop – its Pioneers, Icons and future Stars. This week’s feature is a poetic collabo titled GRAF: wordz by Motion, layout & illustration by Eklipz, and photography by awk.


Featured Wordz: ‘I Found It Hard’ by Kimolisa

For more of this womyn’s wordz check out her blog: Kim or Lisa.

I found it hard

To let go,
Pulling back the vines
Of my conscious
That curl around
The idea of you.

I found it hard
Not to pick up the phone
And dial the number
That is as familiar
To me as my own.

I found it hard
To not sit and remember
The good times we shared
Or what I believed
To be good times.

I found it hard
Not to remember
Your voice,
Your smile,
Your touch,
Your taste.

I found it hard
But not impossible
As I knew it was time
To let go,
To move on.

Soon,
Hours will fade into days,
And days will melt into weeks,
Then weeks to months,
Then years
And by then, you will be
A Whisper of a memory.

So right now,
I will struggle
To forget you,
But I promise you,
It is a struggle
I will overcome.

You have already begun
To fade.

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