You know, we, I think we tell stories to each other
We tell, we talk about our feelings to each other, we talk about our, our experiences, our traumas to each other, we share. And then in the sharing, there is healing both in for each of the teller and for the receiver, you know? And so I think there’s a inevitably our understanding of, of each other improves, deepens through the sharing, whether it’s in person, speaking poems in a, in a group, uh, whether it’s virtually down through, through video and, and, and radio.
C. aArea where I grew up, but it also turned out to be one of my most transformative life experiences
Um, but it’s, um, it’s basic to diplomacy. I think if we don’t understand the other, uh, that person remains the other, and that’s the basic, uh, recipe for war and for division and conflict, you know? We have to eliminate the concept of the other. And the only way we could do that is by promoting, uh, unions and meetings. And so spoken word is a way of uniting, uh, peoples and, and eliminating or helping to eliminate this notion of the other, you know?
I remember during the Iran, uh, it was a long time ago now, the, the hostage crisis, um, under Jimmy Carter’s presidency, when I was in, um, I was in Philadelphia, a college student.
Uh, and I, I had to run out of a bar to escape a group of people who saw me as a, as a threat to, as an Iranian as somehow a, who assumed that I was somehow part of this, um, violence that was being committed against those diplomats and others who were held hostage in Iran at that time. So how do, how can poetry help with that? I don’t know. I just think we have to, we have to do our best to share and keep sharing by all means necessary.Read More »You know, we, I think we tell stories to each other