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Welcome to TamTalk!!!

Thanks for exploring this blog and checking out what TamTalk!!! has to offer! 

 

TamTalk!!! is a weekly email newsletter which publishes every Wednesday.  The newsletters are then archived here on the site.  The goal of the newsletter is to share creative inspiration and motivation for positive growth along with updates on my latest publications and releases.

 

I am a writer/poet/performer who believes that the arts, creative writing, and poetry are not just for a select group of people but for everyone.   A poem, a song, a painting, a performance can lift your spirits, teach a lesson, launch cupid’s arrow, and even trigger a breakthrough!  It can make those tough and uncomfortable stages of growth a bit more pleasant and sometimes even beautiful. 

 

Think of how a favorite song can take you back in time to your very first kiss, a best friend’s wedding, a child’s birth, a turning point in your life, etc.  See what I’m talking about?

 

TamTalk!!! will share a touch of womanish wit, my quirky sense of humor, and always something creative (a poem, a story and such) to ease you over that hump in the week.  I will often include the Story Behind the Poem or the Story Behind the Story to share the inspiration or background for the featured work.  (See an example below!) 

 

If you like what you see and hear, share it with family, friends, and fellow artists and leave a response to add to the mix!

 

Many thanks!

 

Tamara

 

P.S.  Check  the creative excerpt below!

 

 

Story Behind the Poem:

 

The poem below was inspired by a workshop by poet and instructor, Ayodele Marvin Heath in Atlanta.  The exercise was to write an Ars Poetica answering the question, “What does poetry mean to you?” 

 

I wanted to describe how poetry is not just an art and talent but something sacred, very sacred to me.  I also wanted to describe how poetry borrows from other poems and art forms and the world around it and adds something other to further create.  For me poetry is also about painting pictures, rhythm, storytelling and sharing  my culture.  It’s a “where I’m from” and “where I wanna’ go kinda’  thing.”

 

Enjoy!

 


 

my poetica

 

a poem must breathe,

feel, think, sing,

burst the heavy clouds

of its muddy silence.

 

a poem forgets to remove its shoes,

plants its feet

in holy ground

and prays

anyway.

 

a poem carries a nickel bag of my DNA,

recording each step

of my father and mother’s helix duet.

 

a poem lies, cheats, steals

and still

redeems itself.

 

a poem chooses wisely

or not

but chooses anyhow

knowing its choice is eternal

in the moment.

 

 @ 2013, Tamara J. Madison

Comments

Tamara April 07, 2015 @12:58 pm
 

Thanks for the comment and the suggestion! I will think about that! That never occurred to me! Yeah, I need to think about that one!

Willywill the Poet April 07, 2015 @11:39 am
 

I love your use of personification. More so than that, I greatly appreciated all of your well placed visuals. However line nine "anyway" left my spirit disturbed. I figure it was a quick way to connect the two stanzas. In actuality "anyway" does the exact opposite. It completely cuts off the emotional connections created in any of the previous lines. To understand what I am saying, you might want to try reading the poem without the word "anyway". Besides that I find this poem to be a nice work of art.

Tamara October 30, 2013 @05:04 pm
 

You are most welcome, Terina! Thank you for stopping by!

Terina Killings October 30, 2013 @03:33 pm
 

Thank you for inviting me. Feels like home.

Tamara October 04, 2013 @09:14 pm
 

Thanks, Eva! Pleasure to meet you as well! I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Eva Davis-Signorile October 04, 2013 @07:48 pm
 

Hello Tamara, I am new to your page and happy to meet you. Truly enjoyed your poem, my favorite part is how a bit of your DNA is carried in your writings and creativity. Thank You for sharing and I look forward to reading more of your works. Best Wishes in all of your endeavors. Happiness and Positivity! ~Eva~

Tamara June 19, 2013 @05:47 pm
 

Cyd, thank you for giving us suggestions on ways to acknowledge and encourage the men in our lives! We need methods as well as reminders!

Cyd Charisse Fulton June 19, 2013 @09:50 am
 

Men are beloved indeed. I may not see all of my sons and grandsons everyday, but I celebrate them daily with prayer, banter, compliments, advice and an ear. Self respect and confidence eliminates room for many inequities. I am proud of the love they radiate and receive. May all men be blessed. Peace.

Tamara J June 06, 2013 @08:55 am
 

Hey, Steven! So good to hear from you! YES! I am working on my theme song RIGHT NOW! Thank you for reading and participating and simply being you!

Steven Batts June 06, 2013 @12:23 am
 

As I read your blog, I thought of the movie, Ima Git You Sucka, and the line, "Every hero needs a theme song."Those birds have their own theme song that makes them feel good. I believe we all need a song that amps us up and makes us feel good. Grandma use to hum gospel tunes. We need to think of ourselves as heroes and heroines, act accordingly and git yoself a theme song, Sucka.

Tamara J May 24, 2013 @11:07 am
 

Thank you so very much, Cyd! And only a "poet" can leave a comment like that on a blog!!!

Cyd Charisse Fulton May 24, 2013 @09:19 am
 

A poem is air around Tamara Madison.

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