Article on AllVerse and Our “April is National Poetry Month” Theme

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If nobody thinks of remarkable things…
Does the ordinary become extraordinary
What touching lyrics in songs would we sing
If nobody thinks of remarkable things…
Be encouraged
though
The heart stays dim, along with our dreams
If no one remembers the…[read more]

Hello, my name is Angela Skeete­-Davis and I am one of the four co­-founders of AllVerse. The other founders are Marc Christmas, Neonu Jewell, and Noreen Hollingsworth. What, you may ask, is AllVerse? Well, we like to describe ourselves as a global social network, committed to uplifting and elevating the planet through positive mediums such as verse, pictures, video, music, etc. Right now we can be found on Facebook. We have both a public page ­ https://www.facebook.com/groups/AllVerse/ where all members can post content, and a community page –https://www.facebook.com/AllVerse/ where we, the founders, post content. We make it clear on our pages that while we honor all beliefs, all content should promote love and unity. We want everyone who visits our page to know that they… that everyone matters.

How did AllVerse come about? Another good question. The four of us were sitting around a table at a barbecue and the question came up ­ what would you do if you won $100 million dollars. In sharing our answers, we discovered that each of us wanted to make a difference in the world, each of us in a way that involved reaching out to people and connecting through a spiritual type of commonality. We talked about it but Neonu Jewell put it into action. She created AllVerse the company and we together created its vision.

AllVerse started on Facebook on September 12, 2014. Last year we had our first function ­ a small event where we gave out “contagious hugs”. We also created an AllVerse group­wide poem, and have created and given out AllVerse KITS which are “Kindnesses In Tiny Satchels”. This year, we are planning to expand our reach with even bigger events and more opportunities to get to know us.

Why write about AllVerse now? Well, we are in the midst of celebrating National Poetry Month. Every Tuesday,through the month of April, on our pages, we post a line of poetry and everyone interested posts a follow­up line. Then on Friday we post the finished poem. Our first post got over twenty responses. We are confident our numbers will increase as more people see our post and by the end of the month we will have four more AllVerse group poems.

How did this come about? I am a writer and Marc is a poet with ties to the spoken verse community. He even has a radio show that features spoken verse. On National Poetry Day, last year, we did something similar. We had a huge response and created a mammoth group poem which we are currently putting together in booklet to share with our members. When April started, in an impromptu phone conference, Noreen suggested we do something similar and called upon Marc and I to create a themed campaign. And that is how the one­line­contribution poem came to be.

Each week a different line will be offered and we hope our members will take that line and let their imaginations, poetic creativity, and hearts run wild. Then write whatever comes to them. There is no need to be a writer, poet, artist, or creative genius. If our line hits you, moves you, or inspires you to share a line, that is all we ask… that you share.

Why poetry? Poetry is the feelings and emotions we would not share in normal, everyday conversation. Poetry is often the vulnerable thoughts and feelings we find hard to reveal… thoughts that come from our spirit, our soul, our heart. What better time to share such thoughts than during poetry month and where better than on a page dedicated to ensuring everyone realize that they matter. We hope all of you who read this blog take the time to check out our page and contribute to the poems.

Why is AllVerse important? AH, the most important question of all. We at AllVerse believe that life is more than just getting up and going through the motions of day­to­day living; that there is a deeper dimension to life than our superficial reality. We believe that there is more to life than hatred, fear, and negativity; that life can be seen and enjoyed through the lens of love, light, joy, kindness, gratitude, and support. We hope to bring that love, light, joy, kindness, gratitude, and support to others in a way that will uplift them and inspire them. We hope that it will then encourage them to share their positivity with us. We hope people check out our page and are moved by our content; that they come to some of our events and are touched by them. We hope that whether they visit one of our pages, listen to our radio show (CALL­-IN Info: 724­444­7444 CALL ID 93155# Then Press 1… or you can join ONLINE/CHAT: www.talkshoe.com/tc/93155) or one of our events, they leave happier than when they arrived knowing, if nothing else, that they matter.

Downtown Urban Arts Festival Features Afrika Brown & Strange Fruit Redux

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Playwright’s Name: 
Afrika Brown

Tell us about your latest project: 

Strange Fruit Redux is a series of poem monologues mixedSTRANGE FRUIT REDUX Poster Art 2 with music and sio-political, pop culture sound bites geared to show the fears and frustrations of the modern day black man.   It was written in 2015 as a cry for change and the opportunity to create honest discourse about the epidemic of police shootings of unarmed black men as well as blacks dying in police custody.   It is my hope that the audience walks away from the experience willing to have dialogs that can lead to solutions and positive change.

What excites you about being a part of the Downtown Urban Arts Festival?

Downtown Urban Arts Festival is an extremely well-known festival.  I am more than excited; I am honored to show my work at DUAF and have the opportunity to work with such a great group of theater professionals.  I am also beyond excited to have Strange Fruit Redux play at HERE Arts Center.

What’s your upcoming project after the Festival?

After the festival my next project is bringing my new play Slow Bullet, My Three Loves to Manhattan Repertory Theatre, located on 42nd St., for a three-night date in May.  Also, I plan to continue to bring Strange Fruit Redux to different cities nationwide.

Website: http://famenycmagazine.com/

Instagram: @thelovelymsafrikabrown

Twitter: @FAMENYCMAG

SHOW INFO:

Tuesday, March 29 at 7pm

HERE (145 Sixth Avenue – enter on Dominick Street)
Tickets are $18 at www.here.org or by calling 212-352-3101

Audrey Dimola is in the Limelight

Name: Audrey Dimola

What’s your current project: spreading positivity and power through guerrilla poetry stickers and handwritten/handmade street art

Why and how are you involved:

i feel that part of my duty on this earth is to be a messenger- to remind people of their own limitlessness and the power of words. aside from more traditional performances and self-published books, i’m basically finding every way i can to put those positive messages out into the world in unexpected places- chalk graffiti, guerrilla poetry stickers, handmade/handpainted signs tied up or velcro’d around the city. the compass project is actually migrating across the globe thanks to friends and fans of the stickers! some of my biggest messages are: STAY WILD, STAY GRATEFUL; IDENTIFY WITH THE INFINITE; THE MAGIC ONLY STOPS WHEN YOU SAY SO; and of course, very important to this mission- CREATE WHAT YOU WISH TO EXPERIENCE. bomb positive! change the landscape. if we don’t do it, who will?

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Patrice Miller is in the Limelight

Name: Patrice Miller

What’s your current project: Poetry Electric’s Mother Tongue at La MaMa

Why and how are you involved? La MaMa has always opened its doors to me and invited me to challenge myself as an audience member and artist. I’m overjoyed to be a featured poet/performer at Poetry Electric.

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(that’s me at the Inspired Word back in September – the gestures and faithful binder return Nov 9th!)

Coney  

Coney Island must be 50 to a 100 miles from

Sing Sing, Poughkeepsie

My youth is peppered with Astroland, the Cyclone, Ed Koch

Getting lost on the beach but remembering

Our towels were near the boardwalk

not completely in line with the Wonder Wheel

But near.

The long line to the Aquarium

The long line to Nathan’s

The long line to the Circus

Wanting to be a mermaid

Wanting to be a barmaid

Biohazard and Anthrax

Beasties and MIA

Judy Torres and Lisa Lisa

Blaring as we rode and flew

Under the moon

Surrounded by fluorescents

Against the faint rumbling of the trains

The salt water stuck to our skins

No one cared

as we lived in the Moment

Of possibly falling off the Cyclone.

Words.worth

I have passion

I have faith

I have intuition

They are all very strong within me

Sometimes they all get confused within

When I try to pull them apart

They gravitate to the each other

Hungry

Yearning

Unable to grow without the other parts

Intuition is as passionate as faith

Passion is as faithful to intuition

Faith is as intuitive as passion

All are interlinked

Faith is a passionate intuition.

I thank the wordsmith who said it

He has always been an unknown source

Of faith of passion of intuition

For poetry is the spontaneous of overflow of powerful feeling.