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black suits / borders
black boots / holsters
strapped w / black cannons
steel cuffs / badges
passports / photos
ice tones / questions
blue walls / keyboards
quick test / drug scan
back room / right hand
quick print / strip search
on file

world is quiet
brownstones sleep
somewhere headlines grow
this moment
a burn in an opened chest
this minute my midnite
another busload chose
this second
a child cries under groping hands
folks roll from bed sheets
or stand in the throes
of underground holds
six hours I’ll awake
ticker tape will scroll the screen
but right now
tomorrow unfolds
as brownstones sleep
cities cringe under curfew
allies blink in their black sky
high court decides the fate of men
somewhere
a poet is detained
a woman births the baby of a
soldier who crouched in the bush
on the stroke of now
small arms heave rocks
stone camouflage in the street
a tank will burst
water will blacken
whales will crawl to shore

a child is taken
a declaration signed
machines begin their ruthless grind
nite is quiet
I can’t sleep

Motion

Featured Poem:

Graf

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You can’t catch it
just snatches in frames that
fly past windows
inscripted in insidious
crevices and corners
scrawled on concrete slabs
of underpass

hush
eyes peeled to feel the pressure
of fingers pressed on
spray
can tips
aerated shades grow bold in phases
stage impromptu shows at the
sides
of the road

It burns
waiting on lost walls
for the next eyes
they’ll too wonder why
these spaces found favour in the
eyes of midnite writers
scribes who
spray legacies of heiros
on the edge of city scapes

they outlast our past
when our last breath escapes
we create
carved calligraphies
script on bricks
tattooed tags stain train’s skin
impromptu impressions
impressing dimension
destination, eternal
so lost walls become
heaven

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Biography

“Moving the soul, like she rocks the mic, Motion is a true testament to the power of words.” -Toronto Star

MOTION’s aural/sonic works span the realms of word, sound and drama. Her lyrical agility has taken her to the stages of Manifesto, the Caribbean International Literary Festival, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, CBC Television, Illinois Hip Hop & Punk Feminisms Symposium, Trinidad & Tobago’s Cascadoo Festival and HBO Def Poetry Jam. Her theatrical works have been staged at Factory Theatre, bcurrent’s Rock.Paper.Sistaz Festival, Buzz Festival at Theatre Passe Murialle and Obsidian’s International Black Playwrights Festival.

Motion is Resident alumna of the renowned Canadian Film Centre, and has been Obsidian Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence, and a resident of the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Playwrights Colony in 2013, where she developed the dramatic suite 4OUR WOMAN. Her award-winning production ANEEMAH’S SPOT debuted at Summerworks 2012. She went on write the critically acclaimed site-specific theatrical co-creation NIGHTMARE DREAM, which premiered in the 2014 TD Then & Now Festival. The 2nd work in the Nightmare Dream trilogy BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, will have its main stage premier in the 2014-2015 Season. Her inter-disciplinary play ORALTORIO, and films SOUNDGIRL and Aneemah’s Spot are now in development.

Motion has published two collections – Motion in Poetry and 40 Dayz (Women’s Press). Her work has also been featured in Give Voice (Playwrights Canada), The Great Black North (Frontenac), and In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (Insomniac).

Inspired by her initiation as an arts/mentor with the legendary Fresh Arts Movement, MotionLive continues developing young and emerging talent through her presentation/ workshop series in community, creative and educational spaces such as South Africa’s Africa Expo Symposium, Tapestry Theatre, the AMY Project, Trinidad & Tobago’s Cascadoo Festival, Toronto Public Library, York University and the TDSB. This year, Motion joins the Hip Hop Curriculum Project in the newly published Rhymes to Re-Education (A Different Publisher).
Connect:: www.motionlive.com

Motion

Biography

“Moving the soul, like she rocks the mic, Motion is a true testament to the power of words.” -Toronto Star

MOTION’s aural/sonic works span the realms of word, sound and drama. Her lyrical agility has taken her to the stages of Manifesto, the Caribbean International Literary Festival, Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, CBC Television, Illinois Hip Hop & Punk Feminisms Symposium, Trinidad & Tobago’s Cascadoo Festival and HBO Def Poetry Jam. Her theatrical works have been staged at Factory Theatre, bcurrent’s Rock.Paper.Sistaz Festival, Buzz Festival at Theatre Passe Murialle and Obsidian’s International Black Playwrights Festival.

Motion is Resident alumna of the renowned Canadian Film Centre, and has been Obsidian Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence, and a resident of the Banff Centre for the Arts’ Playwrights Colony in 2013, where she developed the dramatic suite 4OUR WOMAN. Her award-winning production ANEEMAH’S SPOT debuted at Summerworks 2012. She went on write the critically acclaimed site-specific theatrical co-creation NIGHTMARE DREAM, which premiered in the 2014 TD Then & Now Festival. The 2nd work in the Nightmare Dream trilogy BECAUSE I LOVE YOU, will have its main stage premier in the 2014-2015 Season. Her inter-disciplinary play ORALTORIO, and films SOUNDGIRL and Aneemah’s Spot are now in development.

Motion has published two collections – Motion in Poetry and 40 Dayz (Women’s Press). Her work has also been featured in Give Voice (Playwrights Canada), The Great Black North (Frontenac), and In the Black: New African Canadian Literature (Insomniac).

Inspired by her initiation as an arts/mentor with the legendary Fresh Arts Movement, MotionLive continues developing young and emerging talent through her presentation/ workshop series in community, creative and educational spaces such as South Africa’s Africa Expo Symposium, Tapestry Theatre, the AMY Project, Trinidad & Tobago’s Cascadoo Festival, Toronto Public Library, York University and the TDSB. This year, Motion joins the Hip Hop Curriculum Project in the newly published Rhymes to Re-Education (A Different Publisher).
Connect:: www.motionlive.com

headlines /ownland security

Enlarge poem

black suits / borders
black boots / holsters
strapped w / black cannons
steel cuffs / badges
passports / photos
ice tones / questions
blue walls / keyboards
quick test / drug scan
back room / right hand
quick print / strip search
on file

world is quiet
brownstones sleep
somewhere headlines grow
this moment
a burn in an opened chest
this minute my midnite
another busload chose
this second
a child cries under groping hands
folks roll from bed sheets
or stand in the throes
of underground holds
six hours I’ll awake
ticker tape will scroll the screen
but right now
tomorrow unfolds
as brownstones sleep
cities cringe under curfew
allies blink in their black sky
high court decides the fate of men
somewhere
a poet is detained
a woman births the baby of a
soldier who crouched in the bush
on the stroke of now
small arms heave rocks
stone camouflage in the street
a tank will burst
water will blacken
whales will crawl to shore

a child is taken
a declaration signed
machines begin their ruthless grind
nite is quiet
I can’t sleep

Featured Poem:

Graf

Enlarge poem

You can’t catch it
just snatches in frames that
fly past windows
inscripted in insidious
crevices and corners
scrawled on concrete slabs
of underpass

hush
eyes peeled to feel the pressure
of fingers pressed on
spray
can tips
aerated shades grow bold in phases
stage impromptu shows at the
sides
of the road

It burns
waiting on lost walls
for the next eyes
they’ll too wonder why
these spaces found favour in the
eyes of midnite writers
scribes who
spray legacies of heiros
on the edge of city scapes

they outlast our past
when our last breath escapes
we create
carved calligraphies
script on bricks
tattooed tags stain train’s skin
impromptu impressions
impressing dimension
destination, eternal
so lost walls become
heaven

How does this featured poem make you feel?

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

headlines /ownland security

Enlarge poem

black suits / borders
black boots / holsters
strapped w / black cannons
steel cuffs / badges
passports / photos
ice tones / questions
blue walls / keyboards
quick test / drug scan
back room / right hand
quick print / strip search
on file

world is quiet
brownstones sleep
somewhere headlines grow
this moment
a burn in an opened chest
this minute my midnite
another busload chose
this second
a child cries under groping hands
folks roll from bed sheets
or stand in the throes
of underground holds
six hours I’ll awake
ticker tape will scroll the screen
but right now
tomorrow unfolds
as brownstones sleep
cities cringe under curfew
allies blink in their black sky
high court decides the fate of men
somewhere
a poet is detained
a woman births the baby of a
soldier who crouched in the bush
on the stroke of now
small arms heave rocks
stone camouflage in the street
a tank will burst
water will blacken
whales will crawl to shore

a child is taken
a declaration signed
machines begin their ruthless grind
nite is quiet
I can’t sleep

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