As I wrap up the month and close the book slowly on my time in Edinburgh, Scotland, I look back and reflect on the poetic growth and inspiration I have gotten from the poetry community here and I realized a couple of amazing and auspicious things about this place and the people in it. I wrote in stanzas for some reason, we’ll call it habit:
I am aloud to be a poet. Period.
There is no such thing as a poet who is not yet a poet.
Just poets trying to be the best poet they can be.
That is the beauty of poetry.
I came here and identified as a poet
and was not compared to a BNV champion,
I was not degraded to a hobbyist,
and I wasn’t told that I wasn’t good enough
to take the title and claim the name.
This, is what it looks like when poetry has equality.
There is no room for hierarchy, for the adoration
of poets that make more money than they do change
more headlines than they do thoughts.
Are there poets with more experience you may ask?
But these are the same poets who will
invite you to a pub after the event and engage in poetic discourse.
They will ask you to challenge, ask, and debate with confidence
that you are being heard as a poet,
nothing more, nothing less.
These poets are the same poets that will book you for gigs
and encourage you to do better, be better, and perform more.
These are the same poets that will ask what works for you after the workshop–
These are the same poets that will actually HOST WORKSHOPS!!
This is called accessible inspiration.
Along with the many other amazing performers in the area
I hit the jackpot in Edinburgh, Scotland.
So there I sat in a pub,
with a bunch of amazing artists discussing
Poetry as she was happening in Edinburgh.
As if she was living, breathing and
wasn’t picky in inhabiting everybody.
You felt the movement and Poetry
opened her palm to you because you were
It was refreshing
to talk about the poetry I was living;
there was no obsessing over poets
we will never get to talk to or work with
Because they are too famous to spend time with us
without a substantial fee.
All the poets here are poets by their own decree.
Here, a poet is active in adding to the canon
submitting theories to poetic action.
No application is needed. A poet is a poet.
Only 5 months in this city/town
I can’t say I know every corner.
But I do know now
that I will hold proud my title
as a Poet
Spoken word artist
Extender of word
Tamer of thought
Sharer of heart.
We don’t need slam championships and
publishers to open our lips.
And as I see the American horizon
I know there are poets who are dying to speak
but they think they need the money and
need to be famous
for people to give them a listen.
I will tell them
what I learned from Edinburgh
What I learned from Loud Poets
What I learned from Glasgow
What I learned from Scotland
If you are a poet.
You are poet.