|Photo courtesy of Kevin Haebeom Vollmers. Not pictured: Amira, Amanda, Aselefech.|
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Monday, June 2, 2014
"Don't you dare try to diminish the fullness of my identity:" The Spoken Word Poem that Will Take Your Breath Away
Yesterday, Lost Daughters held our first reading--our first event--ever, Living Loud DC. We were honored to be joined by local adoptee, artist, and scholar, Amira Rose. Amira began her spoken word piece by saying, "I wrote this this morning." We were blown away by her delivery of a powerful poem about imposed happiness, wearing a mask, wounds that bleed, and declaring one's absolute right to be true to their feelings.
"I was born. Feeling. But I did not see her. I did not hear her. That rhythmic melody that I had danced to for nine months suddenly gone. Her voice mute. Her face that I had been so eager to touch far from my tiny reach. Painful silence cut fast and sharp, wounding me deep beneath the surface of my baby brown skin." --Amira Rose, June 01, 2014
Watch the rest below.
|Living Loud DC readers, emcee Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, and Amb. Susan Jacobs. Photo from Amb. Jacobs @childrensissues.|
Last night, a spirited collective of artists gathered together to bring the Living Loud DC event to life. And bring it to life they did. Nine incredible authors, 8 from lost daughters, delivered pieces from four different works (some published some never before read/heard) against the backdrop of the gorgeous Busboys and Poets (5th & K location) surrounded by the energizing sounds of Superior Cling, woven and connected by emcee Kevin Haebeom Vollmers, and powerfully introduced by Ambassador Susan Jacobs. We wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt thanks to everyone who brought this event together--and to provide links for anyone wanting to learn more about someone or something they saw at Living Loud DC.