Today’s exercise was created by Ann Lauterbach and is called Free-Lance Muse. This one was difficult because there are so many things that come to mind when thinking of the “ideal” poet. Of course, there is also the notion that is no such thing as an ideal poet. I almost felt like, if I added … Continue reading Now Hiring: Professional Poets! #HappyPoetryMonth
I have to confess that for some time now, I haven’t been focused on creative writing. You may have noticed that my last blog post was in June, 2017. When daily life requires more of my attention than poetry or other artistic pursuits, I lapse and it can be hard to get back on the … Continue reading 10 Minute Poem #HappyPoetryMonth
As my friend Jason and I joined the Labour Day procession in Fyzabad, South Trinidad last week, there was a lone car with a PA system driving slowly alongside those marching. Labour Day was made a Trinidad & Tobago public holiday in 1973 and every year since, trade unions march in Fyzabad to commemorate the … Continue reading Labour Day’s lost message.
A sleepless night recently found me binge-watching the Oprah Winfrey Network’s (OWN) original series, Queen Sugar. Queen Sugar follows the Louisiana-based Bordelon siblings - Nova, Charley and Ralph Angel - who’ve recently lost their father and inherited his failing sugarcane farm. The show has gotten rave reviews from critics and fans alike and after watching … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why OWN’s Queen Sugar is EVERYTHING.
The Internet can sometimes be a sunken place; to say we get a lot of bad news online is an understatetment when the terror of death can be streamed and put on constant replay. But today, I'm thanking the Black God who created the Internet for allowing me to discover Lady Essence's Fluffy Gal Anthem. … Continue reading The Fluffy Gal Anthem has restored my faith in FAT.
Last weekend, I was lucky to attend a trinidad + tobago film festival screening of Miles Ahead - the impressionistic biopic of music icon Miles Davis written, directed and co-produced by Don Cheadle. Though he didn’t need anymore credits, Cheadle also starred in the film giving a stellar performance as Davis while juggling his many … Continue reading Review| Miles Ahead: Wild, but works!
The latest issue of The City University of New York's (CUNY) online journal Theory, Research & Action in Urban Education focused on #BlackLivesMatter and I'm happy to have my poem, "Immigrant Sings the Blues," included in this special issue. As the editors point out in their letter to readers, "#BlackLivesMatter is this generation’s social justice call-to-action" … Continue reading Poetry: TRAUE’s Special Issue #BlackLivesMatter