FlowPoetry: The 9th Ward, #42
It has now been 11 full years since Hurricane Katrina came ashore and caused devastation and destruction. I remember following along with the news reports coming out of New Orleans and aching for those who lost homes and loved ones. From afar, I saw the suffering of those most hard hit, the lack of services provided by our elected officials, and the despair of those huddled under bridges as the levees broke and the storm surged. These 2 short stanzas were written during the aftermath of the storm for a benefit concert held in my home state. May love rule the day and my we never forget that we are all in this together.
FlowPoetry is the originator of Jam Poetry. This is straight up spoken word performance. One man, one mic and poems and stories woven together reflecting themes of America and the music festival experience.
FlowPoetry has performed over 1100 shows in the USA with bands and as a solo poet and appeared at over 50 Midwest and East Coast Music and Arts festivals. He was honored as a finalist for the MNSWA “Urban Griot” International/National Performer of the year alongside Leonard Cohen and Saul Williams. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, FlowPoetry was selected by popular vote as one of Madison (Wisconsin) Magazine’s Best Spoken Word/Poetry Performers. He is a three-time finalist for Best Artist in the Annual Madison WI Area Music Awards.
In addition to his performances, FlowPoetry is featured prominently alongside Ken and Zane Kesey, Alex Grey, Wavy Gravy, and Nahko and Medicine For The People in the forthcoming documentary “Going Furthur” which chronicles the 50thAnniversary cross country tour of The Furthur Bus. He has published extensively on-line and in print.