Poetic Inspiration-Celebrating Spoken Word Artists.

Poetry.. my dreams and visions, my war cry of rebellion, loving santuary and knowledge seeking truth. I have had a long standing relationship with poetry from when I first read “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein and “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes when I was 9. To my delight the media has showcased spoken word poetry through out with the 1975 broadway play  ” For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf”, 1997 movie “Love Jones”, 2002, HBO 6 season, Def Jam Poetry and 2008 “Brave New Voices” for teenage poets. April is National Poetry Month so Im sharing a few of my favorite poets that I love and admire. These are just a few Revolutionary Poets! Support Poetry!

1. Sunni Patterson– Her spirit reached out and healed me…  “More than a poet, more than a singer, more than an emcee–it’s not just what she says, it’s how she says it.  Emerging from the musical womb that is New Orleans, artist and visionary Sunni Patterson combines the heritage and tradition of her Native town with an enlightened modern world view to create music and poetry that is timeless in its groove.”

Website for more information www.sunnipatterson.com/

2. Warasan ShireSpeaks to my soul thee most!… “Warsan Shire is a Kenyan born Somali poet and writer who is based in London. Born in 1988, she is an artistic activist who has read her work all over the world, more recently South Africa, Italy and Germany. Her poetry has been translated into Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. She believes in healing through narrative and art. She works with refugee communities in the UK through poetry workshops to document their stories of journey and trauma.”

Poem Six-Haiku

In prepartaion for War

to my daughter i
will say, when the men come, set
yourself on fire.


like many of the women back home
you have hair that reaches your waist
or the ground if you are bent over a chair
or the dimples of his back
if you are over his shoulder.

like many of the men you have loved
he was obsessed with your hair,
once even wrapped it around
his arm like rope, another time enjoyed
mouthfuls of it while you made love.

Check out her blog for more poems: http://www.warsanshire.blogspot.com/

3. Amir Sulaiman– Intense, powerful….  “Deep within Rochester New York, a poet writes the words his heart can no longer restrain. From the silent cries of the battered wife to the painful resignation of the orphaned child in Malawi, Amir Sulaiman intensely radiates the stories of life. The ailments of humanity are channeled through him into the eyes, ears, and hearts of the listeners.”


I am not angry, I am anger
I am abominable, stress, Eliotic relentless
I’m a death sentence
For the beast and his henchmen
Politicians and big businessmen
I’m a teenage Palestinian
Opening fire at an Israeli checkpoint, point blank, check-mate, now what?!
I’m a rape victim with a gun cocked to his cock, cock BANG! Bangkok! Now what?!…..

For rest of this poem check out his website  http://amirsulaiman.com/

4. Staceyann Chin– Fell in love with her story and presence…  “A resident of New York City and a Jamaican National, she has been an “out poet and political activist” since 1998. From the rousing cheers of the Nuyorican Poets’ Cafe to one-woman shows Off- Broadway to poetry workshops in Denmark and London to co-writer and performer in the Tony nominated, Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway.”

For more information http://www.staceyannchin.com/v2/index.html

5.Gil Scott-HeronOne of the orginal revolutionary poets….”Gil Scott-Heron (born April 1, 1949) is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his late 1960s and early 1970s work as a spoken word soul performer and his collaborative work with musician Brian Jackson. Albums, most notably Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul. Scott-Heron’s recording work is often associated with black militant activism.”

Website http://gilscottheron.net/

Influenced poet Sara Jones-Your Revolution


About Tarajah

I am a truth-seeker by nature, poet at heart, extremely visual, curious, avid daydreamer...I come alive in the night time.

Posted on April 5, 2011, in Creative and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Very well written. I too have enjoyed the poetry of langston hughes. Thanks for introducing other poets to look into.

  2. Poetry has helped to express my emotions. I will definitely look into these poets.

  3. I thoroughly enjoyed your comments and poems. The arts has healing powers and poetry, in particular, allows us to not only express ourselves, but to strengthen the hearts and hands of others who other wise cannot or do not know have this luxury…the luxury of expression. We have seen how poetry helped transform the lives of homeless children in Addis Ababa. You see in a world where everyone is being rammed with political correctness and limited expression under the contradictory system of democracy, poetry, simply put, gives power to the simple pen and paper and subsequently people. Give thanks for sharing and inspiring us. One Perfect love

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