This is the rebirth of something great. I have come together with two amazing Berlin based poetesses Candice and Troviana to form the collective Poet and Prophetess. Poet and Prophetess is a literary collective that aims to promote and cater to unheard and marginalised voices. The collective aspires to aquire their own physical space in Berlin that will facilitate events, workshops and creative space for BAME artists. The debut performance of the collective will take place at the ‘Poetry meets Jazz ” event that is collaberating with the Stadtsprachen and Literarisches Colloquium Berlin on that day.
On Friday the 16th of March 2018 I performed at Mic Drop. This performance was rather spontaneous as I was going to the bar (where Mic drop was taking place) because I had been invited to a birthday. I thought that the birthday was taking place at the poetry event. Once I got there I found out that the birthday was happening in the room next door. However, I had already spoken to the lovely organiser and she asked me if I wanted to participate in the open mic session, and I said yes. I have performed at the open mic session of this event before, so this was my second time.
I didn’t realise how nervous I was till I had the mic in my hands and my hands were shaking uncontrollably. Sometimes I feel that the body feels more then the mind actually articulates. I read two pieces and had a good time as I saw a lot of people that inspire me and that make my life in Berlin warm, even when it is minus 3 degrees outside.
The event Mic Drop was born out of a podcast (with the same title) that the organiser had hosted, to highlight spokenword artists. This was the second Mic Drop event to have taken place in Berlin. I personally like that the setting of this event is very liberating, especially for black and brown bodies to speak their truth, yet it is not exclusively for black and brown bodies. Another reason why I love this event is that the vibe is not competitive, which is the case for most poetry events here in Germany. Because this is not a slam. This is a spoken-word event that is all about creating images and magic using your voice and words. I can only recommend this event for people that want to share their work and are still shy or unsure as the environment at Mic Drop is very open and encouraging.
My poem Nuru got published in the on eyes issue of Rhnk. You can read the issue for free here. Show some love. If you want a print copy drop them a line at : firstname.lastname@example.org
This is my first publication so show some love yea!
You can now read my winning poem here, that got me a free spot at the British Council literature seminar. The theme of the seminar was gender, sexuality and masculinity. You can read the poems of the other winners here: https://www.britishcouncil.de/en/uk-germany-2018/literature-seminar-poetry-competition