Wrapping up May’s focus on mental health was Poetic Insight on the 29th. This was an event I was really looking forward to after last year’s raw, beautiful Poetic Insight: Mental Health, and this year delivered another beautiful night, despite being different to the last one.
Clouds were covering up the shining sun from May 2017 and the night’s line up was smaller than the previous year, but the raw words expressed, emotion conveyed and talent displayed remained the same.
Miss Yankey graced the Poetic Insight stage for the first time at our mental health themed night in 2017, and she was back in 2018 to deliver another powerful performance. She went in deep as always with a performance of a poem about mental health and domestic violence.
Coming to the Poetic Insight stage for the very first time was Clemmie, who shared a really beautiful poem, filled with wonderful words, about the personal struggles that come with mental issues.
Kris also returned to Poetic Insight, going in with a deep performance of a poem about masculinity, which in itself has ties to mental health.
I began the night by performing a poem entitled Me and Myself, which I wrote especially for the night, about the internal battle attacking my mind. To end the night, I shared my story of how I had been battling with mental health issues and how I was still battling them, rounding it off with my poem The Beautiful, Brutal Blade, about my struggle with self-harm.
However, what made the night so beautiful for me was watching the different connections forming around the room. A part of me didn’t even want to start the performances, because I was loving all of the conversations that were happening and relationships starting to develop. For me, that is the key part of what Young People Insight is all about. I hope the conversations keep going, the connections strengthen and the relationships continue to grow.
Poetic Insight will be joining with The Kickback when it returns on June 19th for a very special event as part of Croydon’s Festival of Peace. We’ve got three amazing feature poets, as well as the traditional open mic, so stay tuned for more information. You are going to love it.
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