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Announcement: Something Different by Scarborough Arts

I am very proud to share some exciting news.  This year three of my poems have been chosen to appear in Scarborough Arts Juried Exhibition and book – The Big Art Book: Something Different.

Scarborough Art’s theme for the Big Book this year really spoke to me; “Something Different” is about celebrating what makes each creator different and unique. Through this theme the acknowledge the unique worldview of every artist and the ways in whichangmmngcimhnjlbo this creates and sparks dialogue.

I will admit finding the poems that reflected what made me unique as an artist was the hardest thing I had ever done (especially within the word count limits). In the end, I settled on 3 poems that spoke to the core of who I am; what I grew up believing in; what inspired me; and where I struggle with my craft.

I was very blessed to have all three poems chosen for publication.

To my sisters” – One of the first poems that I wrote when I began my 2016 challenge. It was my way to thank the many wonderful women in my life – from my mom; sister; aunts; mom’s best friends; my best friends; cousins; and so on. Women who taught me what it means to be strong, gentle, kind, brave, smart, beautiful and loving. Women who taught me how to walk in the rain and sun.

Titles” – A more recent poem, Titles has always been my creative frustration. I admit that I loved academia because the title of your paper was just a combination of the words that made you sound the smartest (partially kidding). In honesty, writing a title is my final act of creating a poem, and thus it has always been my least favourite activity. I am never to end a poem nor let it go into the world.

Strong Women in Summer Storms” – I think — no– I know I was feeling romantic that day. I looked at the people I knew- the women, whose very nature transforms everything around them and I felt such gratitude for women who don’t heed the way that things were always done. For women, who love even when the world and media tells them that they are not enough. I looked at the men, the causes, the people that these women loved and how much life they gave, and it reminded me of summer storms. Full of passion and wildness – and I went huh, that’s all the women I know, even the ones who make you believe they are quiet.

Manivillie+&+ThiviyaaSpeaking of powerful and inspiring women –  I am so proud and excited to say not only did the phenomenal Thiviyaa Seha, the artist behind Art by Thiviyaa,  also have all 3 of her submissions chosen BUT her work was chosen to be displayed as Juror’s Choice display. I am so proud and moved to see the work of this masterful artist getting the recognition she deserves.

There are very few places that we get to celebrate and share exhibits. Scarborough Arts Big Art Book gives me the chance to share a creative legacy with someone I truly love and admire. For that opportunity, Scarborough Arts and the Big Art Book will always have a special place in my heart.

Here is a sneak peak of Thiviyaa’s breathtaking work – definitely come check it out in person.

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The opening reception is free and open to everyone. Please RSVP using the link below.

WHAT: Something Different Opening Reception
WHEN: Saturday, December 2, 2017, from 1-4 PM
WHERE: Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, 225 Confederation Drive
RSVP: http://bit.ly/2mw7YWl
Facebook Event Page:https://www.facebook.com/events/128355587937555/

For more information, contact 416-698-7322 or info@scarborougharts.com.

 

AN: apologies for the earlier post – you stop blogging for a while and forget how to do everything.

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Announcement: My City My Six

I am very honoured and pleased to announce that one of my stories was chosen as part of the City of Toronto’s My City My Six contest.

The contest asked for stories that described Toronto in 6 words or less. It was run as part of Canada’s 150 anniversary and organized by the City of Toronto.

I am still in a bit of a shock to be included as one of the 150 stories chosen from 4,000 entries. The stories will be shared at various public locations throughout the city.  from a diverse pool, to represent the city that…

It fulfills a dream of mine that I was able to capture in words the heart of the city that…

I love
was my refugee
and is my home.

So if you are in and around Toronto, make sure to check out the launch event on September 27, 2017:

Reception: September 27, 5 – 7 p.m.
City Hall Rotunda, 100 Queen St. W.

The exhibit will be on at City Hall from Sept 25 – 28, before going to different parts of the city. Exhibit details can be found here.

Thank you to the City of Toronto and the Jury for this opportunity to share my view of Toronto.

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News: Open Mic & Shab-e She’r

The first time, I spoke too fast. The second, I didn’t make eye contact. The third time, well… I should be a regular by then right?!? – So it should be easier.

After the encouragement of two people I respect, Amy and Manik, I attended by very first Shab-e She’r Poetry Night in September.

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Reading my poem at the last Shab-e She’r night. 

 

For someone who is fully embracing their poetic heart  this year, it was a terrifying challenge. However, I knew  I had to conqure it if I wanted to continue my growth as a poet. I had previously only shared a poem at a book launch, and with my group at the Scaborough Poetry Club (SPC). The SPC  members were so sweet, encouraging and supportive, that they gave me the guts to try the larger stage of Shab-e She’r. Without the Scarbrough Poetry Club’s feedback, support and love – I wouldn’t have ever thought of sharing my poem (they meet the first friday of every month, for anyone seeking to join a supper suportive group).

 

Publically writing the words in my head is very new to me, and reading them to an audience is somthing I never imagined I would do. I have a slight speech impediment and have always been nervous speaking in front of others (though, I hide it well). I have trained myself to present confidently, but that is always at trainings and workshops, where I am sharing the work of others.

Poetry, and through it, the spoken word, is a whole other beast. It leaves you no other names to hide behind, because the name at the end of that poem is yours. Presentating with the  Scarborough Poetry Club and Shab-e She’r is forcing me to re-examine the barriers I placed on myself, and more importantly, my expectations of my “audience”.

Shab-e She’r is, “The most diverse poetry and open mic series in Toronto; showcasing people from diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, etc.” They organize monthly events with two featured poets and open mic performers.

True to its promise,  Shab-e She’r draw a crowd fo 50-70 people of all ages, races, ethnicity and so on.  All with very different styles. I have enjoyed meeting other artists and poets. Every time I go, I learn a little bit more about poetry and this journey I am on. The various styles and topics people present on continue to enrich me.

The next event is on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, at Beit Zatoun and starts at 7 pm. It marks the 3 year anniversary (I believe). If you are from Toronto (or in Toronto that night) it is worth checking out. I’ll be there 🙂

This time, I am planning on making eye contact, smiling 🙂 and confidently speaking my poem. Multi-tasking at its best!

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Day 213: Caribana

The movement of the colours
echo the beating hearts of the dancers.

The carnival lights up the day,
reflecting the brilliance of the sun
in the eyes of the people.

You want to stand still
but instead feel your feet move,
to rhythms of songs,
from the past
that blend to harmonies
of the present,
casting the music
felt by all future
generations.

In these moments,
all time converges
the past and future
within reach of the
dancers steps.

The audience held enchanted
by the sway of the hips,
the intricacies of the fingers
and display on each person’s
soul laid bare on the streets.

Come join us, they say,
enjoy what it is to be alive,
celebrate all that you are
and fear not because
you are simply
divine.

© Manivillie Kanagasabapathy