April 2, 2013:Dancing Naked On The Floor

Ladies and Gentlemen INTRODUCING……NAACP 2X Image Award Nominee, Kwame Alexander, Author/Poet

Celebrating National Poetry Month

K.ALEXANDER

write a poem with tension…like some baptist church split…let it walk a tightrope…between congregation one…and congregation two…write a poem that finishes school…a magna cum laude poem…let it be momentous…learn something meaningful…share something significant…write a poem that looks good…not homely or swaybacked…give it posture, poise and profile…turn our heads when it walks by…stomp our feet when it smiles…on some superficial level…make us want to marry it or at least…remember its name the next morning…write a poem that works…write a poem that works…has a job and does it…promptly…follows rules and responsibilities…gets a raise or at least a head nod…and when it’s not feeling well…give it sense enough to call in sick…and not waste our time with unmet expectations…write a poem that has a family…not some single life of one-night stands…i mean your poem should be in a serious relationship…let it commit to something…move beyond soap opera sex…let it be passionate…about something…and if it gets excited…if it just has to get physical…let it be in the privacy of it’s own beautiful mind….cause we can watch cable at home…write a poem that travels…gets outside of your cramped apartment…leaves all that tired baggage…and catches a plane somewhere…takes us on a journey to an imagination… spawned not by television and film…but one that has been somewhere we haven’t…write a poem that reads…please…write…a…poem…that…reads…more than headlines and sitcom credits…a cultured poem…write a poem that knows how to talk…not some misbehaving foul-mouth looking for attention…an eloquent poem…write a poem that dances…wild and free…naked on the floor…a gutsy poem…write a poem that cooks…i mean it ain’t got to bake a cake…but at least know the ingredients…write a poem that exercises…i mean cycling is not required… but steps never hurt nobody…write a poem that runs for office…i mean it ain’t got to win…but at least campaign…get a clue poets…write a poem with an inkling of suspicion…i mean it ain’t got to solve a crime…but let it at least offer a tip…write a poem that is contagious…write a poem that is contagious…write a poem that is contagious…let it inspire…make us…want to write a poem…about how brilliant…and breathtaking…and tragic…and hopeful…life is.

Love and Light for your Tuesday. Happy Spring!

Kwame Alexander is the author of fifteen books including the children’s books Indigo Blume and the Garden City and Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band, both of which received NAACP Image Award Nominations for Outstanding Children’s Literature. His first YA Novel comes out in 2013 from Harper Collins, and his debut middle reader novel will be published by Houghton Mifflin in 2014. Kwame’s Book-in-a-Day writing & publishing program has created more than 2500 student authors in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean. He has led delegations of writers to Brazil, Tuscany, and Ghana. Most recently, he co-founded the L.E.AP. for Ghana initiative, which provides literacy, school improvement, and girls’ empowerment programming in the community of Konko Village, in the Eastern Region of Ghana, West Africa. Visit him at http://www.kwamealexander.com.

One thought on “April 2, 2013:Dancing Naked On The Floor”

  1. Thank you dear friend…for writing a poem…that speaks sensibility…inspires imagination…releases positive contagions…and oozes eloquence from a beautiful mind.

    Three snaps *** UP!

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