*Poetry Festival ~ In Jamaica, West Indies!” Featuring: Famous Dub Poet, “Yasus Afari, Mutabaruka, Lorna Goodison & Many More!”

Yasus Afari

Greetings and Salutations,
Re: Jamaica Poetry Festival 2018 – Sunday August 12, Louise Bennett Garden Theatre
 
SenYAcum Edutainment in association with JCDC is delighted to announce the 8th Annual Staging of the highly anticipating Jamaica Poetry Festival at the newly renovated Louise Bennett Garden Theatre on Sunday August 12, 2018.
Free Creative Writing Workshops
The day commences with Youth/Family-Friendly Creative Writing Workshops from 10 am – 2 pm featuring the Canadian writer, author, singer and poet musician, Shauntay Grant. 
 
The Feast of Poetree – Jamaica Poetry Festival 2018
The  main event – Jamaica Poetry Festival – Poetry Showcase which is aptly dubbed The Feast of Poetree commences at 7:00 pm and shall serve an eclectic menu of creative arts and iconic artistes from Jamaica and the international community.
JPF 2018 Features – Lorna Goodison, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Dr Velma Pollard, Lenny Little-White, Yasus Afari, Ka’Bu Ma’at Kheru, Shauntay Grant (Canada), Anord Sichinsambwe (Tanzania), Antonia Valaire, Ras JaJa, Wise Wurdz, Asante Amen, Spolly and host Dufton Shepherd.
Our JPF 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze courtesy of SenYAcum, JPF 2018 and the National Library of Jamaica – Poet Laureate Programme.
Partners – Jamaica Poetry Festival 2018 is being presented in partnership with the Jamaica Cultural Development Commission (JCDC), the National Library of Jamaica (NLJ) & IRIE FM. 
Supporting Jamaican Poetry
Tickets are available at: Bookophilia, Fontana Pharmacies, Music Mart, JCDC, White Bones Cafe, IOJ, Mi Hungry, Vew Leaf Vegetarian, Ashanty Oasis and the Gate.
We look forward to your presence and support of Jamaican Poets and Poetree.

With Honour, Love & Poetree,

YA

JPF 2018 

SenYAcum Edutainment
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“I Cursed Him”~Maxwanette A Poetess

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I Cursed Him

The man that helped cause,

the very creation of my birth…

I cursed him, with the remnant breath of his existence.

See, he bragged & began to revel in the dirt,

regarding the beatings that he gave my Mother, that hurt.

I became the verbal reflection of his crude actions.

What I wanted to do, was to place my hands around his neck,

squeezing until he welcomed death, plastering his remorseless smirk,

upon the wall of damned eternity, for the pain, he caused my Mother.

“A-R-R-RAH-H-H!!!”

A child’s flashback, when everything went black,

flooding memories of Mommy’s busted lip,

the pain in her hip from his kicks,

the sighs, as make-up, could no longer cover the eyes,

that were constantly black & blue…

Instead, I gathered my strength,

grabbing hold of my tempers tailspin,

From the depths of my Mother’s womb,

searing from my Ancestors tombs…

I cursed him,

&

for me, he is no more.

I AM FREE.

~Maxwanette A Poetess

 

*Child Abuse & Domestic Violence (DV) are very damaging experiences. They can follow one through adulthood & their entire life. These are causes that are very personal to me & hold a special spot in my heart. As a society, we must do more. Abused children can very easily become abused & fractured adults, which flows over into a very hellish existence. One of the most important things to remember is that you’re not alone & there are resources available.

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National Child Abuse Hotline 1(800)4-A-Child or 1(800)422-4453

https://www.childhelp.org/hotline/

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National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 

http://www.thehotline.org/

Domestic Violence

Child Abuse Can Affect You As An Adult

Don’t Be Ashamed…GET HELP!

Adult Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse GET HELP 24/7: 800.656.HOPE (4673)

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https://www.rainn.org/articles/adult-survivors-child-sexual-abuse

https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/effects-child-abuse-and-neglect-adult-survivors

 

https://www.havoca.org/effects-child-abuse-neglect-adult-survivors/

 

 

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“I Live To See the View”

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(original picture derived from Bing)

I Live To See the View

I done been some places.

Yeah, I’ve even seen some things,

I’ve seen birds trying to fly, with broken wings.

I’ve seen many forget the HUMAN in “Human Being.”

 

I done seen the moon, reject the sun.

I’ve seen parents abandon & devour their young.

I’ve seen the battles one goes through when they don’t hold their tongues.

(((LoL!))) Baby! I done seen some things.

 

I’ve seen many jump in ignorance, hatred & violence,

Innocents perish from the blast.

I’ve seen many white-washing cultural atrocities-hiding the past.

Heck, I’ve even seen the homeless, giving others their last.

 

Shit! I’ve seen children turn against their Mothers, Brothers against Brothers, Our Women hating & warring with one another.

I’ve seen people go crazy for becoming lost lovers.

Uh-Uh-Uh! I tell you! I’ve seen some things.

 

I’ve seen the worst of things, turn out for the good, I’ve seen Love & Unity within the Hood.

I’ve seen many turn blind-eyes, to the systematic destruction,

hoping to be good slaved zombies, for the NWO’s Plantation.

 

I’ve seen what I can, I’ve seen what I wasn’t, I’ve seen the Universe within Self,

sharing the reflections.

I’ve seen the power of the gentle touch of a hand,

as lips mouth the words “I Love You”, the answer, sadly many do not understand…

 

I’ve done seen some things.

 

And throughout this life,

bundled joys

&

strife’s…

“I live to see the view.”

~Maxwanette A Poetess

“Love Is Everywhere”

LOVE IS EVERYWHERE…

It’s in the air, the breeze,

the rustling of leaves,

that reminds us that it exists

 

It’s in the sun, the sky,

in the hearts of passers-by,

even if we don’t see it

 

Love is the start,

the beating of the heart,

flowing from realm to realm

 

It is a place,

not needing a face,

for all you have to do, is look within

~Maxwanette A Poetess

*Inspired by a Facebook Friend