Sensible Reason presents a new series showcasing the work of Flowpoetry. Having bridged the gap between poetry and music, Flowpoetry’s progressive and chill approach to spoken word jam transcends musical boundaries and interlaces shared storytelling and poetic vibration into a communal and collective consciousness that unifies the ancient and future as one. With over 950 shows in the USA with bands and as a solo poet, Flowpoetry has been honored as a finalist for the MNSWA “Urban Griot” International/National Performer of the year alongside other poets such as Leonard Cohen and Saul Williams. In 2014, Flowpoetry was voted as one of Madison Magazine’s Best Spoken Word/Poetry Performers. He is a three-time finalist for Best Artist in the Annual Madison WI Area Music Awards.
Appearances include The Tall Tree Lake Music Festival (Goreville, IL), The 50th Anniversary Furthur Bus Tour, The Muddy River Jam Fest (Woodstown, NJ), The Overgrown Music & Arts Festival (Belmont, NY), The Michigan Peace Fest (Lacota, MI), The 40th Annual Midwest Harvest Fest (Madison, WI), Jammin On The Wolf (Langlade, WI). Venues he has played include theaters such as The Majestic and The Wisconsin Union Theater in Madsion, Midwest Performing Arts Centers, The Madison Museum of Contemporary Arts and too many music clubs, bars, coffee shops and galleries from the plains to the Atlantic to mention. He is the first poet to be featured as a member of The Homegrown Music Network’s roster of artists.
He has performed with such notables as Hanah Jon Taylor (Chicago’s Artists For The Advancement of Creative Music) and 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.
His work attempts to surround/describe “deep images” drawn from the wellspring of human experience. These are communicated in the poem through the space contained within the lines but are not fixed nor uniquely definable. They are therefore a resonance/reflection of a picture/emotion not always explicitly stated by the words of the poem. In conjunction with that, I privilege sound. I am enthralled by the way words sound and vibrate and have been driven to explore the place where words and music intertwine in the creation of the image both through my writing and in performance.
This first edition features Flowpoetry’s poem “Open.” “Open” is a bit of a stand alone and rings Americana. The America where Zen hits the West. Some of the resonance is Asian in flavor. Other parts are of the Midwest mud. It is a call to take a stance of allowing the world to rush in by getting oneself out of the way. It is a way of seeing one’s environment as poetry/art in and of itself.