Flowpoetry: Quiet Is, Issue #10
This week we bring you a poem by Flowpoetry called “Quiet is.” “At the place where words and sounds meet is where my poetry exists. The sound of silence and how to represent that is interesting to me and hopefully this poem works in that way for you too. I hear silence in the drifting of incense smoke, the decay of breath through a bamboo flute, and the slow motion spin of a drop of ash as it falls and impacts the floor. I feel silence in the empty spaces between my words on the page and in the moment when an eye blinks and re-opens.”
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.
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. Learn more about his work here.