We were back on our Black Ish at Poetic Insight on October 30th, to mark Black History Month. This was one of my favourite editions of Poetic Insight last year, and this year was no different. It was a brilliant way to bring Poetic Insight back after the break.
First onstage was the amazing Zhanai, fresh off her performance at Croydon’s first LIP Fest. She blew us away with her amazing words in a personal poem, called Rest in Peace, and a new poem called Supernova.
Elisha was back on the Poetic Insight stage with another inspirational monologue for us, speaking to us about Cycles and Doubts.
We welcomed Chantae to Poetic Insight for the first time, who first performed a deep poem called Door Handle, followed by a poem written especially for Black History Month, which had everyone clicking in excitement and agreement.
Reii was also on our stage for the first time. First, she shared a beautiful poem about Maya Angelou, then she broke it down for us with a powerful poem about being a black, Muslim woman.
I’ve seen Adam’s Son perform at a number of poetry nights in Croydon, but this was the first time he performed at Poetic Insight. He had us all engaged with his rhythmic and powerful spoken word, including a beautifully personal piece about his daughter and the impact she had on his life.
Poetic Insight regular, Mhairi, laid herself bare with a raw and honest poem about her experience with race and family, which I think touched all of us.
Antonia returned to share two powerful poems, starting with A Black Girl’s Epiphany, which fitted right in with our theme, followed by The Tears of an Outspoken Woman.
I performed the final poem of the night, Don’t Box Me In, which is a spoken word piece challenging the perception of what it means to be black.
Thank you to the beautiful Zhanai, Elisha, Chantae, Reii, Adam’s Son, Mhairi and Antonia for sharing on the night, and thank you to all of the beautiful people who came out to watch and support. An extra special thank you to Darren from Well Versed Ink for acting as our DJ on the night. I could not do this without any of you.
It was another special and inspiring event, filled with love and I’m already looking forward to this month. Poetic Insight returns on November 27th from 7-9pm, when the theme will be Survival. We’ll also be at a new home, so make sure you come along to the Urban XChange Bar & Grill ( 1 Lansdowne Rd, Croydon CR9 2BN) to avoid missing out. See you soon.
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