One of my final community workshops as Cincinnati Poet Laureate was a visit to a remarkable group of young poets who write together at Elementz. Led by Jamie-Lee Morris, Elementz Voices of Freedom meets Tuesdays, 5-7PM to enhance their creativity and broaden their capacity for self expression. Experience these poets in person at the Louder than a Bomb semi-finals on March 17, 9:30 am in room 5401 in the DAAP building at the University of Cincinnati. Here is the poem we made together.
We Are Elementz Voices of Freedom
I am what I am.
I am that I am.
I am a banked fire, not
blazing hot, but made to last—
the ashes of the fallen
in the phoenix. I am
the beat beneath the melody,
the broken lock on the front door.
I am the wolf with no pack.
I want to bind you with poison
so you hear the deep cry
of my heart’s happy despair.
Have I scared you yet?
This hectic world that is my body—
thinking, believing, judging and creating.
I found something that is not temporary
I am the center of all these worlds
ever changing and morphing, impermanent,
exponentially, beautiful. There is
something everlasting, never changing
and that is the essence
of what I am.
Elementz Voices of Freedom
Adanya, Carlos, Destiny, John, LeVan, Noah and Pauletta
Women and girls of all ages are invited to join me for my very last Cincinnati Poet Laureate workshop as part of the Artistry of Women Street Fair indoors on Saturday, March 10 at The Sanctuary, 2110 St. Michael Street, Lower Price Hill is offering two free literary events, a reading and a workshop (with a MUSE concert in between!)
3:00 – 3:45 p.m.—What She Said—Join writers Luz Villeda, Gwyneth Stewart, Karen George, Desirae Hosley, Kate Fadick and Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel for a reading of their work.
(4:00 -5:00 p.m. MUSE, Cincinnati’s Women’s Choir Concerts, Tickets for $15 are available online)
5:30-6:30 pm—She Persists: An Intergenerational Writing Workshop— Women and girls of all ages are invited to join Cincinnati Poet Laureate Pauletta Hansel to write and hear each other’s stories of women’s wisdom and strength.