Mused. organization continues their POP (Poetry on Poetry) series with local artists reading poems by Alice Walker and lyrics by Kendrick Lamar this Sunday.
Mused. organization continues their POP (Poetry on Poetry) series with local artists reading poems by Alice Walker and lyrics by Kendrick Lamar this Sunday, May 22, at Enso Bar from 4-6 p.m. during the Blue Dome festival.
“We’re excited to add this linguistic garden to the Blue Dome Art Festival’s visual experience,” says Victoria McArtor, executive director of Mused., a local poetry-for-the-people nonprofit. (You might have seen McArtor and her Mused. gang two weeks ago at First Friday, typing poems on typewriters outside of 108 Contemporary for passersby.)
For this POP event, Angie DeVore-Green (who played Barbara Fordham in the Theater Pop’s performance of "August: Osage County”) will be performing Alice Walker’s work, while Written Quincey (MC of Monday night’s Cypher 120 spoken word open mic) will perform Kendrick Lamar’s.
“Kendrick Lamar is a street prophet planting landmines of truth that might rupture at any time,” says McArtor. “But by pairing his lyrics with poems by Alice Walker, she adds water, sunlight, optimism, and, bam—we see a post apocalyptic world bursting with flowers.”
“Poetry is leading us,” writes Alice Walker. Mused. and McArtor intend for visitors to the POP event to be lead, by Walker and Lamar, to what is most immediate and intimate in their own worlds and to find hope and meaning in it.
Each guest will receive a complimentary journal to write their own poems and lyrics in response to, or inspired by, Walker and Lamar. There will also be a live poetry contest.
“Although, after you write something that brings you closer to meaning, joy, and surprise, you’ll need no judge to know you’ve won,” says McArtor.
Head to the POP event Sunday to stretch your poetic and artistic limits, or just to hear some verse written by artists, performed by artists.
Register for free at musedorganization.org.