Flowpoetry: Japanese House, Part II
Our sixth installment of Flowpoetry‘s work is the second part of a three part poem called “Japanese House” (for part 1 please see the Flowpoetry installment from 1/19/2015). The word “tokonoma” used in this poem is Japanese for the niche or alcove that can be part of a traditional tea room. It’s a space that can hold a prized piece of ceramic, calligraphy or flower arrangement. It is a place for reflection and observation. This second part of “Japanese House” brings with it a sense of stillness and ease.
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.