Flowpoetry: Japanese House, Part I
This week, we present the fifth installment in our series showcasing the work of Flowpoetry: the first stanza of a three part poem called “Japanese House.” Below, Flowpoetry explains his inspiration for the piece:
One summer back I worked 3 jobs (I was an after hours custodian in a bagel factory scraping industrial mixers and sweeping out still hot huge ovens, a box-loader for UPS in aluminum semi-trailers parked under a 100 degree sun sorting and stacking 550 packages per hour, and finally a sandwich maker at 5 am in the basement of a bakery run by an angry pastry chef.) and thereby saved enough for a plane ticket to East Asia. Once there I settled in a sea-side town on the east coast of Taiwan after 3 years of back-packing. Some friends of mine were squatting in old houses built when the Japanese had large sugar cane plantations and ran the island. The wooden houses were decaying in the most beautiful way and were traditionally made: raised floors, delicate screens, and doors that slid rooms into different configurations. We would stay up all night drinking tea, dancing, singing, reading poetry…and dreaming.
Having bridged the gap between poetry and music, Flowpoetry’s progressive and chill approach to spoken word jam transcends musical boundaries and interlaces shared storytelling and poetic vibration into a communal and collective consciousness that unifies the ancient and future as one. With over 950 shows in the USA with bands and as a solo poet, Flowpoetry has been honored as a finalist for the MNSWA “Urban Griot” International/National Performer of the year alongside other poets such as Leonard Cohen and Saul Williams. In 2014, Flowpoetry was voted as one of Madison Magazine’s Best Spoken Word/Poetry Performers. He is a three-time finalist for Best Artist in the Annual Madison WI Area Music Awards. Learn more about his work here.