We were able to set-up in an area inside the MACK. What happened next is the best in what Poetry Month is about. Pastor James Kinsler appeared and a local merchant, Barbara, began gathering the people for the blessing of the festival! The people came and we learned how the festival got its name. After a blessing which included request for rain to cease, it did not, we began as best as we could. We had young and seasoned: Americans, (from McCormick, Augusta and Pennsylvania) and Bengali, S. Africa and Zimbabwe citizens sharing their voices and listening.
Emcee Vanessa Harris flowed effortlessly between poetry stage to entertainment stage at S.C. Wilds. There were singers and music. Michael Jacob came all the way from Tennessee.
It was the best opening of poetry month I have participated in recent memory.
|Pastor Kinsler blessing the festival|
|Soma Mukhopadhyay AU professor reading in two languages|
|Aaron Benzuidenhout GRSP student from Zimbabwe|
|Rudrasankar Asst. Professor at Emory shares in Bengalese|
|Sa Jules, Selma Simms and Zana Seymour take a minute before reading|
L-r Soma Mukhophyay, Zana Seymour, Sa Jules, Selma Simms, Vanessa Harris, Aaron Bezuidenhout, Rudra Sankar, Xavier Clark l-r front Liz Gilmore, Belinda Jamison and Lucinda Clark
Submitted by Lucinda Clark
Founder Poetry Matters Project
April 8, 2018