This past weekend provided another new experience for me in several different areas:
1) First time I was in a French-speaking nation (Belgium).
2) First time since college I had the chance to perform outdoor in front of complete strangers.
3) First time to be surrounded by so many poets from several nations (usually it’s just the locals) and it provided me a chance to get a feel for the different kinds of styles these poets possess (German, Belgian, French, Italian, Turkish, Spanish, and I think some kind of Scandinavian) for a full 24 hours.
With this “poetry retreat” I also came to realize the importance of my poem, the 28th Amendment (if it’s not posted here, then check this video – it’s gotten better, promise!). The more I perform it, the more I feel it resonates within every person that hears and feels it.
For those who aren’t familiar with it, the poem states the importance of unity within the poetry community and pledging our allegiance to continue forward with our craft.
This brings me to my final point, I can’t just rest on what I have written and what I’ve accomplished. I truly feel like I need to continue pushing myself in order to help inspire others.
I will finish my website soon, and am already looking for venues to host writing “classes” and public speaking workshops. Details will come soon!