FlowPoetry: Bus Ride Kutacane To Brastagi, #29
For as long as I can remember, I loved riding on buses. I would read of Ken Kesey’s journey across America in Furthur and then ride a Greyhound all night across the Midwest and dream. This poem, split here into two parts (look for part two to be published in the next FlowPoetry installment), was written about an overnight bus trip taken on the Indonesian island of Sumatra some time ago when many roads were unpaved. Again, the trip was overnight and included treacherous mountain climbs, roosters running throughout the bus, and a blur of colors, sounds and smells. It was a roller-coaster, a freight-train, and a psychedelic white-water raft ride all in one. “Buy the ticket, take the ride!” (Hunter S. Thompson)
Flowpoetry‘s progressive and chill approach to spoken word jam transcends boundaries and interlaces shared storytelling and poetic vibration into a communal and collective consciousness that unifies the ancient and future as one. With over 1,100 shows in the USA with bands and as a solo poet, Flowpoetry was honored as a finalist for the MNSWA “Urban Griot” International/National Performer of the year. In 2014 and 2015, Flowpoetry was voted as one of Madison (WI) Magazine’s Best Spoken Word/Poetry Performers. He is also a three-time finalist for Best Artist in the Annual Madison WI Area Music Awards. He has published extensively on-line and in print, including an on-going year long series of poems with the Brooklyn-based millennial culture website Sensible Reason.
He has performed at over 45 US music and arts festivals including The Tall Tree Lake Music Festival (Goreville, IL), The 50th Anniversary Furthur Bus National Tour, The Muddy River Jam Fest (Woodstown, NJ), The Overgrown Music & Arts Festival (Belmont, NY), The Michigan Peace Fest (Lacota, MI), The Annual Midwest Harvest Fest (Madison, WI), and Jammin On The Wolf (Langlade, WI) to name a few. Venues he has played include theaters such as The Majestic and The Wisconsin Union Theater in Madison, WI, Midwest Performing Arts Centers, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts and too many music clubs, bars, coffee shops and galleries from the Great Plains to the Atlantic Ocean to mention. He was the first poet to be featured as a member of The Homegrown Music Network’s roster of artists.
In previous incarnations, Adam has played catcher for the University of Minnesota baseball team, spent six years backpacking throughout Asia and India, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Languages and Cultures of Asia and studied for seven years in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Buddhist Studies Ph.D program. He has performed with such notables as Hanah Jon Taylor (Chicago’s Artists For The Advancement of Creative Music), Vincent Davis (Roscoe Mitchell Quartet) and Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown’s Original Funky Drummer). He has opened shows for The Steve Kimock Band, Cornmeal, Roster McCabe, Buck 65, Claude Coleman, Jr of Ween, Greg Ginn and This Must Be The Band. He has also appeared on festival billings with The Jerry Garcia Band and Tuobab Krewe. For more on the poet, please go to: facebook.com/flowpoetry