Posts Tagged ‘poem’

Words laid bare – 2017 Naked Word Festival

30/05/2017

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The 2017 Naked Word poetry and spoken word festival will take place from 8 to 11 June at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Observatory, Cape Town. The Naked Word festival attracts the attendance of poets and audience from all over the country.

The theme for this second annual Naked Word Festival is “I Speak of My Inherit-Age”. History has displaced many South Africans, culturally and physically. We want to place ourselves culturally, but that demands a re-shape of our understanding of ‘culture’. We are acknowledging that many stories and histories dissipated during colonisation and the new South African dispensation. We are redefining culture as generational, and we are employing live poetry, music and dialogue to do this”.

The Festival is funded by Western Cape Government, Department of the Premier. Other sponsors and partners include Bush Radio, Grounding Sessions, Theatre Arts admin Collective and The Radioactive Blog.

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Saying goodbye to Cape Town…a sum of parts

30/04/2014
Drew presenting a staff development session at Bush radio discussing his hometown

Drew presenting a staff development session at Bush radio discussing his hometown

Recently our intern from the University of Connecticut, Andrew (Drew) Brathwaite returned to the United States after almost 4 months at the station. A requirement of every foreign intern at Bush Radio is that they host at least one hour of programming a week during their stay – sharing their interests and experiences with the broader Cape Town.

In Drew’s final programme he read a poem which he wrote about his Cape Town experience. We thought we would share it here.

Listen to a clip from Drew’s programme and him reading his poem – Click here

A Sum of Parts

This is the part where I get reflective and emotional, where I summon tidal waves of gratitude and mixed feelings of excitement and disappointment. This is the part where I talk about all the wonderful things I’ve learned and the fantastic people I’ve met, how my life has been irrevocably changed for the better, my mind expanded and open, my horizons broadened.

This is the part where I balance my experiences on a series of metaphors and wax poetic about having taken advantage of once in a lifetime opportunities.

This is the part where I use words like “unforgettable”, “profound”, “extraordinary”, “amazing”, “incredible”, the part where I spout superlatives like “Best”, “Kindest”, “Nicest”, “Sweetest”, “Craziest”, “Saddest”, “Strangest”, “Oldest”. This is the part where I make note of important life lessons I’ve learned and committed to preserving in my heart.

This is the part where I assure you that I am DEFINITELY coming back.  Here is a picture of me at a moment of spectacular bliss.

Here is a picture of me walking, running, hiking, climbing.

Here is a picture of me thoughtful, pensive, attentive, deliberate, focused.

Here is a picture of me with some delightful children.

This is the part where I tell you that there’s no way I can summarize Cape Town in a single post. This is the part where I proceed to summarize Cape Town in a single post. This the part where I highlight my firsts and lasts, my highs and lows, and my sadness at the thought of leaving.

This is the part where I tell you “There’s no place like Cape Town”.

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