Monday, January 16, 2017

Lost/Music Teacher's Lessons @ VPS

About a month ago I performed two poems at Vancouver Poetry slam, Music Teacher's Lessons and Lost. VPS posted the videos a couple weeks ago and I'm now getting around to post about them myself. Apparently procrastination extends into every frame of my being at this point. Anyway, here are the two videos. At the time these poems were still quite new; I believe this was either the second or third time I had performed them.













Saturday, December 3, 2016

Snow Globe (Live at the Hatch)

A few months ago I was given the opportunity to perform some poetry for a Thrive event at UBC alongside other wonderful musicians, poets, artists, (and even a comedian)! The event, which took place at The Hatch, celebrated the way artists are expressing themselves and taking care of their mental health through their art. This is my performance of Snow Globe. You can watch a beautifully shot recap video of the night featuring the poem here: goo.gl/vpqHGY

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Music Teacher's Lessons (Spoken Word)

It's the start of a new school year which means it's time to get back to recording and performing poetry! This one is called Music Teacher's Lessons. Sometimes poetry, or any art, can be taken too seriously. This was simply a result from that.



Instrumental from Sage Francis' "Waterline" produced by Mark Isham.

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Just Like Our Breathing and the Trees/Picture Perfect Expectations: Performed at Vancouver Poetry Slam

I had the opportunity to compete at the Vancouver Poetry Slam on January 25th 2016 and place 5th as well. The two poems I performed were Just Like Our Breathing and the Trees, and Picture Perfect Expectations for the first and second round respectively.






Friday, December 11, 2015

Friday, November 20, 2015

One Rhythm

If the wind gets loud enough, 
when there are enough trees

 in the background,
then the rustling of the leaves begins to sound a lot like an ocean
and the back and forth rhythm of the waves

In the same way 
the sound of war
after so much of it,
when there are enough motionless bodies in the background,
begins to sound a lot less
like the ferocious pound of thunder
and more
like the gentle pattern of rain

Therefore,

If the wind gets loud enough
and starts to sound like an ocean
both of them
sounding the sway of rhythm -
the sound of back and forth
then you know even Humanity
who bears skin so soft
could start to become coarse

If the wind starts to sound like an ocean
you'll realise they both create waves
and that the motion of them sway
so both sides, eventually, see their light of day
Humanity is a wave
and just like back becomes forth
peace becomes war

But,

If the wind gets loud enough
and the wind and ocean
both start to sound the same
then just like the wind and the ocean
maybe one rhythm
is from where we all came

And maybe today we're ignoring truth
ignoring the cadence telling us 
we're all fundamentally
just a different form
of the same wave
just a different form
of back and forth

But one day we'll realise it
and no longer find ourselves standing
over the remains of those
who carried a different rhythm than us
and were regarded as an obstacle 
in our way