Flowpoetry: Through The Parking Lot, Issue #19
Flowpoetry walks us through the colorful aftermath of a Grateful Dead show from many moons ago: “I found myself drifting through the parking lot outside the venue. To me everything seemed sparkling with both light and dark. The warm after-glow and smiles of the tie-dyed faces contrasted with the grime and danger of the city and some of the predatory elements that always showed up at such large events. As I walked past a small gathering, I saw a glint of glass spinning through the air as someone’s prized possession slipped through their fingers and fell to the ground. In the moment before shattering, this poem was born. An extended onomatopoeia of impermanence in action.”
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.