SpokenWord Saturday – What is Slam?
Poetry / Poetry Slam

SpokenWord Saturday – What is Slam?

SPOKEN WORD is an ancient oral tradition and art form that involves performing, speaking, reciting poetry but intertwines story-telling and word play, sometimes collaborating with song, music, theater, or dance.  Performance poetry starts with poetic components – such as rhyme, repetition, slang, improvisation, and other elements of writing but then weaves a layer of performance … Continue reading

Westcoast Write-On
Explore / Poetry

Westcoast Write-On

I have exited myself into the ocean – as whitecaps, as waterlogged boardwalks as waves and wharves and whales. Expelling myself, as salt overflowing heavily soaking – shockingly, stunningly in your translucent brine. In your most foamy waves are things which surge me, or which I cannot sway because they are too strong. Like salmon … Continue reading

SpokenWord Saturday
Outlaw / Poetry / Poetry Slam

SpokenWord Saturday

On the doorstep of the 2015 Canadian Federal Election, I am watching a talented youth poet named Hannah Berry.  This SpokenWord Saturday, I share with you Hannah’s poem ‘Wax Leader‘ – the poem I remember being most impressed by at Hullabaloo.  If you or anyone needs any more reminding why to vote Harper out, listen to Hannah’s words: “There is a … Continue reading

Throwback Thursday
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Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday – Ten years ago on this very day (well the very day that Jan 15th occurred on back in 2005) I was in Thunder Bay performing my original spoken word poetry and accompanying piano compositions for the very first time in public! At Lakehead University’s ‘the Study’ I had a chance to feature a … Continue reading

Why I Write
Outlaw / Poetry

Why I Write

Sometimes our poems become more than just the words within and start to embody the context of the support we felt to write them, the people that first read them or where we first performed them, the audiences that resonate with them, the wider unspoken truths that exist around them. My poetry has taken on … Continue reading