2014 has been good so far!

Wow, what a year so far! I feel like time has been soaring by and I haven’t had as many opportunities to fill you in on everything as I’d like. Here’s just a few of the awesome experiences I’ve had!

1. WOWPS

WOWPS (Women Of the World Poetry Slam) is a national poetry slam (competition) held annually by Poetry Slam Inc. It is one of the BEST places to be. I not only met some of the poets I have been listening to/reading/watching on youtube for years, I got to watch them perform live! Amazing. The whole experience was humbling and amazing, wait did I say it was amazing already?

Overall I ranked number 36, coming in just at the top 50%! I knew that poetry was what I loved to do and I thought that I was good at it but I never knew if I was good enough to do it on a national level. I still have a long way to go but this has given me the confidence to keep writing/performing and to strive to be better and better each year.

2. Album Release

May 1st I am releasing my debut poetry album! This project has been in the works for a while, I just never thought I would actually get around to doing it. Last November, on a whim, I sent a message to a friend with studio equipment and asked him to help me record. After that, everything just fell into place. I began designing the CD art which includes an image made specifically for me by a super talented artist. I researched how to make a digital ebook and dove right in. I am pouring my time and money(okay, not that much money) into this and I hope that you all enjoy it. It has been a great learning experience and I hope this will only be the beginning of my journey & that I will create many more albums in the future!

3. I made the team!

So I’m really excited because I made the Slam Charlotte poetry slam team this past weekend! Slam Charlotte is  nationally ranked and I am so honored to be a part of it. I can’t wait to hit the road and compete with these guys for  the regional and national competitions! I came in second place for the slam that selected the team members which was surprising and amazing. I was surrounded by a bunch of talented poets who got up on that stage and went in. This will be my first time heading to nationals, wish us luck!

4. Say cheese!

Okay, this is the last thing I’m gonna write about for today. I had my very first photo shoot this past weekend! It was super fun but I was also nervous because I am very awkward lol. This, just like the album, was something I’ve been meaning to do for a while but never actually got around to it until I talked to a friend who is a photographer and set up the shoot. I can’t wait to see the pictures, they should be coming within the next day or two. I’ll post some here on my website and on various social media sites but mainly the shoot was for the ebook. I’m thrilled!

So that’s that. I feel like I am forgetting a few things but when I remember them I may do an update. Thanks for reading, and thanks for being supportive of what I do! I hope you guys will continue on this journey with me!

 

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FWF/NaPoWriMo “Edge”

everyone is always so afraid of getting too close to the edge

afraid of what happens when you go “too far”.

what happens when you go too far?

 

the mind is a mighty labyrinth

so easy to get lost inside.

do you ever get lost inside?

 

the mind is a matrix

always giving something new to those who explore it.

what if you don’t like what you find?

 

the edge sounds sharp

sounds like jutting, protruding, impending.

why can’t it be soft, melting, safe?

 

sometimes the edge is only there to be left behind

to be dove off of, leaped from

why is everyone so afraid of getting too close to it?

 

Don’t you know it’s okay too get to close to it sometimes?

 

Happy Free Write Friday! I’m still figuring out this poem. Thanks to Kellie Elmore for the prompt! I hope you are having a great weekend!

FWF/NaPoWriMo! “Life, love…”

 

Happy Monday! As always, the awesome/talented/creative Kellie Elmore gave an interesting prompt with Free Write Friday which you can read here. I hope you guys enjoy my take on it!

Make up your mind
I can not take your push and pull
Your hot then cold
You are an ever-swinging pendulum with all the back and forth

You are a Rubik’s cube
A high level sudoku
Not impossible to solve
But so much work to figure out

I am tired
Trying to make sense of everything you put me through
Never making sense of anything
My lids are so heavy

I used to understand.
I thought I understood
But now I am finding myself too often
In rooms that have just barely enough air in them to survive

But you want me to survive
Count on my will to stay with you
I feel rooted in your living room
And I just want to feel like I’m really home when I’m there

Tell me that I am home
Wrap me up, pull me close
Fill my nostrils with the scent of you
Until all I am is full of you

You are life
You are why I feel anything at all
And I just want to feel good with you again
I only want to be good with you

Make up your mind
Make up your mind to stick with me
Watch me love you even when I do not understand
Love me even when you do not think you have been understood.

 

Thanks for reading/listening! I hope you enjoyed my attempt at the prompt, if so, let me know in the comments below! You can also chat with me on twitter @talichaj or on my facebook page facebook.com/talichaj. And of course, be sure to follow the amazing Kellie Elmore as well @kellie_elmore!

 

 

Poetry album launch!

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I’m super excited to release my very first album on the same night that I will be doing my very first feature! I hope that those of you in Atlanta will come out and support this night of new endeavors with me! Don’t worry if you’re not in the area (or even in this country) the album will be available for sale online on May 1st as well!

More details will be coming soon! For now, be sure you are following me on twitter @talichaj to make keep up with all the updates!

NaPoWriMo #4

Today, I used a prompt I found on the blog of POETRYisEVERYTHING!

Bus stop

Have you ever waited at a bus stop?
I’m not talking about 10 or 15 minutes either.
I’m talking about waiting.
I’m talking about regretting not wearing ear muffs
Or the gloves that fit better
Or the boots that don’t let the cold or wet in
Or the coat that does more than fail at keeping the wind out.
Waiting.
30, 45, 60 minutes past the time it was due
Blasting music in your ears to keep the strange old guys
With whiskey spit and starving eyes away
Shifting impatiently from one freezing foot to the other
Watching the steam from your breath float away from you as you sigh with disdain, with boredom, with resignation.
Evil eyeing the cars that speed by bringing puffs of cold wind to slap you in the face as if they are teasing you
Rubbing it in that there is a quicker, warmer way to your destination that you can not afford, can not attain, can not.
Have you ever waited at a bus stop?

image by Cindel Oh 

Poem of the week “Desireé Dallagiacomo – “Thighs” (WOWPS 2014)” on YouTube

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Poem of the week is back! I was honored to be in the audience during this performance by Desiree (who was featured as poem of the week in this post also) at WOWPS last week (more on that to come). This poem is one of my favorites, I know you guys will enjoy it because you have the best taste :-)

Desireé Dallagiacomo – “Thighs” (WOWPS 2014)

Make sure you check out more awesome videos of talented poets on the Button Poetry youtube channel!

Free write Friday! “What time does”

The prompt: tell this story:

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As the children grew up
And the parents grew old
Turning into grandparents
Then great grandparents
We’d laugh and cry together.

They’d all gather inside the
Heart of me and live their beautiful lives,
Everything was shared here:
The secrets told between sad eyes and
The mirrors hanging on my walls
The tears that would spill over and splash on my floors
The echo of giggles bouncing through my halls.

Love was made here
Many, many years ago,
Now they have all gone
All the ones who took care of me
And filled me with purpose have faded.
I don’t know how much longer I can stand
Knowing I’ll never have them with me again.
For now, I remember them, and imagine I am still strong.
I pretend that we all haven’t gone to pieces.