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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!
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.”
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
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
a poem chooses wisely
but chooses anyhow
knowing its choice is eternal
in the moment.
@ 2013, Tamara J. Madison