GRAF by Motion directed by Eklipz feat Zion

… in reMemory of the legendary graf artist Kase2 & all the midnite writers.

You can’t catch it

just snatches in frames that

fly past windows

inscripted in insidious

crevices and corners

scrawled on concrete slabs

of underpass

hush

eyes peeled to feel the pressure

of fingers pressed on spray can tips

aerated shades

grow bold in phases

stage impromptu shows at the

sides of the road

It Burns

layin on lost walls

for the next eyes

they too will wonder why

these spaces found favour in the

eyes of midnite writers

scribes who

spray legacies of heiro’s

on the edge of city scapes

they’ll outlast our past

even when our last breath escapes

these dwellers create

carved calligraphies

script on brick

tattooed tags stain train skin

impromptu  impression

impressin dimension

destination,  eternal

so lost walls become

heaven

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Womenz Wordz First Anthology: Hollah!

Start the Long Weekend off Right!

Womenz Wordz, a Literature for Life project presents the launch of their debut anthology, “HOLLA!”, a powerful collection of wordz from fresh new voices blowing up Toronto’s poetix scene.

Young women, hailing from 1900 Sheppard and Women Moving Forward, come together to drop their wordz on the mic for one night only!

Hosted by Motion

Featuring performances by:

Amber King
Roots Kizzy
Whitney French
Miss Cola
Shanae Smith
Rochelle David
Niki Roberge
Makida Jones
and more!

Doors open at 6:00pm
Showtime 7:00pm SHARP!

Join us for book signing, light refreshments, mix-music-and-mingle and of course LIVE poetry. Children more than welcome.

A night of WORDZ and SOUNDZ at Toronto’s legendary bookstore, A Different Booklist. Don’t miss it!

MORE INFO:

RSVP on Facebook: HERE
http://www.literatureforlife.org/
http://www.womenzwordz.wordpress.com/

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SNEAK PEEK!

Check out pieces from the anthology here:

Ode to Clyde
Empty Fills
Dub Insomnia
Crayons
I Am Everything

and more!

True Beauty

by Niki

She is the start of the day
dim at first then   gradually getting brighter
protruding colours of yellow   and pink
punching through dark shadows
that linger like fresh morning dew
she offers you a chance for change
forgetting all of what happened yesterday
she can be kind and unforgiving
she can be calm and offer you comfort
other days she can be cold    and undetected
But still   she is constantly
reminding you it’s a new day
when you look at her you dont reconize her
although she’s there everyday
many times you look past her    don’t even acknowledge she is there
But she is there
and yet you are too blind to see
her true beauty

 

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

Meeting the author of “The Bite of the Mango” Mariatu Kamara

Member of WomenwithWords program posing with Mariatu Kamara (centre in red) after her book reading

Back in March, members from the WomenwithWords program were invited to an afternoon reading of The Bite of the Mango (2008) with author Mariatu Kamara and co-writer Susan McClelland. The Bite of the Mango was one of the first books we read for reading circle.

Mariatu Kamara is a survivor of the war in Sierra Leone. Her memoir, The Bite of the Mango is a remarkable account of her experiences living in her war-torn country. At the age of 12, Mariatu’s village was invaded by rebels where she was raped, beaten and both her hands were cut off.

The 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone began in 1991, when the Revolutionary United Front (RUF) challenged the government, and invaded villages throughout the West- African nation. Thousands of civilians including women and children were tortured, raped and maimed during this time. Only a few lucky and resourceful victims were able to seek refuge abroad.

Mariatu, a well-dressed young woman with fine braids, spoke with a quite demeanor yet delivered a powerful message.  Journalist Susan McClelland accompanied Mariatu to the event and is the writer responsible to chronicling Mariatu’s story. Ms. McClelland read an excerpt from the book while Mariatu answered all the questions from the attentive audience.

The room was filled with young women all part Literature for Life’s “Women with Words” reading program, staff members and volunteers. Across Toronto “Women with Word” gathers pregnant young women and parenting mother together to read and discuss powerful stories, including Mariatu Kamara’s The Bite of the Mango.

The circled chairs and child-friendly environment made the reading event intimate, comfortable and interactive. Many audience members prepared questions beforehand and Mariatu, with patience and grace answered every one.

The conversation touched on a variety of topics ranging from the loss of Mariatu’s son, to her experience begging on the streets of Sierra Leon and her attitudes towards homelessness in Toronto, from her constant communication with her family back home to joking about adjusting to Canadian winters. When asked about the advice she’d give to young people, Mariatu encouraged people to move forward. To always move forward.

See more about The Bite of the Mango HERE

Call for Writing Submissions!

Womenz Wordz blog is always on the look out for new poetry, stories, drama and lyrics. If you have something fresh to share with us, submit your piece to Womenz Wordz
*Note that the editors of Womenz Wordz blog have to right to reject any work that is inappropriate or offensive in nature. Also be patient, as it may take a few weeks to get your writing up on the blog.*

Call for Art Submissions!

Womenz Wordz is looking for talented art pieces to be showcased on our blog. Anything goes! If you have something to share with us, please submit to Womenz Wordz with "artwork" in the subject.

MUSIK, VIDEO, and MORE!

If you have any sick tunes, videos or other links you would like to share with us, whether related to something you read on the blog or a link that you think we should showcase, send the URL to Womenz Wordz with "links" in the subject.