Spoken Word Poetry: Phases/ Written & Performed by Kevin Kantor & Sienna Burnett

This is one of my very favorite pieces of Spoken word poetry.  This literally makes me feel almost every emotion I am humanly capable of.  It is beautiful, full of joy, full of compassion, full of pain, full of authenticity and it deserves your time.

“When they tell you your love is just a phase, tell them you don’t like the word just.”

Spoken Word:Where Did You Go? Written by 1WiseWoman/A Lion Sleeps in the Heart of the Brave & Read by Christine Ray/Brave and Reckless

I am deeply honored that 1WiseWoman invited me to make a spoken word version of her poem Where Did You Go?  Please visit her blog A Lion Sleeps in the Heart of the Brave to read more of her powerful words.


Where did you go?

Little one

With your smile as big as the sun

When did running

Change from game to survival

When did hide and seek

Become staying hidden

You were always first in line

Brave and limitless

Shouting from the top of the pines

Who hurt you?

Little one


She says, with eyes on the ground

Where she believes she belongs

Among the dirt and trash

Birthed with the seeds

Of poisonous weeds

Planted deeply in her soft heart

Cursed from the start

She has tired of running

But cannot stay

Not this way

The hurt is rooted

Pain undiluted

And every step is wrong

Remember you were so strong?

Little one

That time has gone

It was taken without permission

By the ones who proclaimed true love

In the shape of fists and shoves

And whispers behind closed doors

Stolen away in lies and betrayal

Reflected in swollen eyes of hazel

Revealed in protruding ribs

Deprived of essential substance

She is truth, seeking justice

Will you come back?

Strong one

I want to

She says, with shaking voice

It is time to make a choice

Take back that which is essential

Bury the inconsequential

Surrounded by passion revealed

Verity no longer concealed

Climb the tallest tree

Know that you are free

Strength beyond bounds

You were lost

Now you are found

Conversations with Jasper: Spoken Word Artist Billy Pilgrim

Jasper Kerkau sits down and talks with spoken word poet Billy Pilgrim

A Global Divergent Literary Collective


[Sudden Denouement is interested in all forms of poetic expression. Spoken word is one area in which we are trying to do outreach. I had an opportunity to do an interview with Billy Pilgrim who has a very distinct style of spoken work.

Jasper: I enjoyed your style of spoken work a great deal. I was very engaged by, not only the content, but also your production value. Give us some context about who you are and the evolution of your project.

Billy: Well, asking somebody who they are is a pretty deep question. So let’s start with the basics, we are a Norwich, UK, based duo. One spoken word poet, and one digital music producer. Interestingly we are second cousins, and we spent a lot of time listening to music and sharing ideas growing up. More recently as THK finished his degree in digital music, he was…

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Spoken Word Spotlight: I’m Afraid/Billy Pilgrim with The Heartsease Kid

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of spoken word poetry and that if I had a little more time (and a maybe a little more ovaries), I’d be out at Poetry Slams.  I was contacted today by Billy Pilgrim with The Heartsease Kid.  They are a Norwich based duo who combine spoken word poetry and digital music, which in their own words is an attempt to create a form that is accessible to a wider audience.  They just launched a WordPress site and you can check them out on YouTube and SoundCloud.  I kind of love what they are doing and it is my honor to introduce them to you.


You say my name


A prayer

A benediction

It is a revelation

As if I have never heard

My name before

Never known

Its cadence, its music

Its true meaning

Until this moment

You show me

That my name

The sound of it

On your breath

Has become

Etched on your soul

Carved on your heart

Has become the lines

On your palm

Is inked on your skin

In dye that only

Shines true

In moonlight

If I take your hand

If our lips meet

Will I taste the


You see in me

That I cannot see

In myself?

Will I finally taste

Honey and crisp apples

Instead of the

Salty taste of my tears?


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Spoken Word Spotlight: First Timer/Christine Ray

Today at the Go Dog Go Cafe

Go Dog Go Café


Welcome to Spoken Word Spotlight.  Every Wednesday, Christine brings a writer’s words to life.  This week she reads one of her own pieces, inspired by the Go Dog Go Cafe. Sit back, take a sip of coffee, close your eyes and enjoy.

If you would like Christine to highlight a piece of your writing, please contact Go Dog Go through our Contact Form or email  us at godoggocafe@gmail.com.

I stand getting wet in cold rain

watching through plate glass windows

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Help! I need suggestions of Poetry or Prose to record for the Spoken Word Spotlight at the Go Dog Go Cafe

One of my favorite gigs is my weekly Spoken Word Spotlight for the Go Dog Go Cafe.  I have been recording a piece by a different writer every week.  If you have a piece you think would be suitable, please let me know in the comments below.  The atmosphere at the Go Dog Go is congenial and welcoming.


Image courtesy of the Women of the World Poetry Slam