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Imani Woomera

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He was born in Puerto Rico
Style strait sweet loco
He has a way with word
I call him most delicious lover
While other words slip from my tongue like azucar
I have to be careful to take him in small doses
Not to overdose on sweetness so potent
He is fly
As birds in V formation heading south seeking sun
As Amazonian passeros passing over wilderness
Wild
He makes me open as Pacific Ocean
I was born to swim these waters
He tantalizes my senses with Latino tongue
Making even mundane words sound sexy like candado
Seriously it means padlock
I walk in trance locked on him
Palms interlaced
He is too smooth
I sip off him during droughts of freshness
He tastes like tomorrow
His eyes envelop tears
I watch them drip silently
Pain does not translate into vocabulary
Even for the best of poets
Some things can not be said
Like what it feels like when someone you love takes their own life
You live today to save what remains from being lost forever
Your life becomes their legacy
And EP for eternal memory
A vinyl
This is real
This right here..
Is real.

imani woomera

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Biography

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1981 and raised in Nairobi, Kenya from the age of 11, Imani has worked as a multidisciplinary artist since 2000. As a performer, teacher, radio presenter, author, producer, recording artist, and co-founder of the Slam Africa Movement, Imani has played an integral role in the spread of the Spoken Word art form in East Africa. She is the author and producer of two poetry books and Spoken Word audio albums, Morning Rain (2006), and Pearls (2009).

Imani has delivered multiple performances and workshops at festivals, theaters, schools, and universities throughout the world. Blessed with the ability to move diverse audiences, she has worked closely with the United Nations Habitat for Humanity, as well as with Africa’s leading underground Hip-Hop art’s platform, WAPI. Over the past 10 years, she has had extensive experience working with youth as a mentor and poetry teacher both in and beyond school systems, and has written, directed, and produced a number of successful youth poetry theater performances including Poetic Identity (2004), Morning Rain (2006), Internal Imani (2007), and Free Verse (2010).
Imani has lit up stages as a featured artist in cities across the globe such as Minneapolis, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Bangkok, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Salvador da Bahia, and New York City; including the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café where she held the stage as a featured poet in 2006. In addition, she has worked as a radio presenter at one of Nairobi’s top radio station’s, Capital FM, for over three years, producing and presenting the World Groove Show.

Imani Woomera

imani woomera
imani woomera

Biography

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1981 and raised in Nairobi, Kenya from the age of 11, Imani has worked as a multidisciplinary artist since 2000. As a performer, teacher, radio presenter, author, producer, recording artist, and co-founder of the Slam Africa Movement, Imani has played an integral role in the spread of the Spoken Word art form in East Africa. She is the author and producer of two poetry books and Spoken Word audio albums, Morning Rain (2006), and Pearls (2009).

Imani has delivered multiple performances and workshops at festivals, theaters, schools, and universities throughout the world. Blessed with the ability to move diverse audiences, she has worked closely with the United Nations Habitat for Humanity, as well as with Africa’s leading underground Hip-Hop art’s platform, WAPI. Over the past 10 years, she has had extensive experience working with youth as a mentor and poetry teacher both in and beyond school systems, and has written, directed, and produced a number of successful youth poetry theater performances including Poetic Identity (2004), Morning Rain (2006), Internal Imani (2007), and Free Verse (2010).
Imani has lit up stages as a featured artist in cities across the globe such as Minneapolis, Amsterdam, London, Paris, Bangkok, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Salvador da Bahia, and New York City; including the legendary Nuyorican Poets Café where she held the stage as a featured poet in 2006. In addition, she has worked as a radio presenter at one of Nairobi’s top radio station’s, Capital FM, for over three years, producing and presenting the World Groove Show.

Featured Poem:

Untitled

Enlarge poem

He was born in Puerto Rico
Style strait sweet loco
He has a way with word
I call him most delicious lover
While other words slip from my tongue like azucar
I have to be careful to take him in small doses
Not to overdose on sweetness so potent
He is fly
As birds in V formation heading south seeking sun
As Amazonian passeros passing over wilderness
Wild
He makes me open as Pacific Ocean
I was born to swim these waters
He tantalizes my senses with Latino tongue
Making even mundane words sound sexy like candado
Seriously it means padlock
I walk in trance locked on him
Palms interlaced
He is too smooth
I sip off him during droughts of freshness
He tastes like tomorrow
His eyes envelop tears
I watch them drip silently
Pain does not translate into vocabulary
Even for the best of poets
Some things can not be said
Like what it feels like when someone you love takes their own life
You live today to save what remains from being lost forever
Your life becomes their legacy
And EP for eternal memory
A vinyl
This is real
This right here..
Is real.

How does this featured poem make you feel?

  • Amazement (2)
  • Pride (0)
  • Optimism (2)
  • Anger (0)
  • Delight (0)
  • Inspiration (1)
  • Reflection (2)
  • Captivation (1)
  • Peace (0)
  • Amusement (0)
  • Sorrow (1)
  • Vigour (0)
  • Hope (0)
  • Sadness (1)
  • Fear (0)
  • Jubilation (1)

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