Creativity gives me community voices pushed by the voices of my ancestors– love creativity allows a clear mind kindness in my life don’t judge me but feel me creativity gives me freedom of spirit we are better together than apart purpose passion with purpose = power we are shaped by what we create we create what we hold in our heart creativity lets you express your soul to the world creativity is the expression derived from the internal collaboration of the two selves your voice is you power to live a creative truth words become wings that give birth to the future I dream of a day when all are equal & live without fear thankful for moments to reflect, now onto reality; nephew’s memorial service, post suicide Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality or define you don’t go looking for evidence that you don’t belong be willing to uplift others leaders are created when you teach others how to lead
Exquisite corpse: (from the French term cadavre exquis), A method by which a collection of words or images are collectively assembled. I collected these poems as I traveled through Kansas. These poems are written collectively by Kansans at readings, open mics and workshops. The titles of each poem are the locations and dates where they were assembled. They are part of Exquisite Kansas, a collection to be published at the end of my laureateship.