Flowpoetry: Why I Rake, Issue #21
“Autumn is my favorite season. The crispness of the air invigorates me and there is comfort somehow in the quiet of approaching winter. I like to meditate on the colors and uniqueness of the changing leaves, and I fall into reverie when I think about how each goes back into the earth to nurture the new grass in the Spring. I hope that wherever you are this Autumn, you get the chance to scratch Mother Earth’s back a bit and gently and lovingly remind yourself of the way all life rises and falls and, in turn, transforms to rise and fall again.” Get lost in Flowpoetry’s series finale, “Why I Rake.”
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.