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When We Arrived presents: Questions for Educator/Poet Jolivette Anderson-Douoning

How important is the contribution of form, such as rhyme scheme and arrangement?  How does form influence the overall effect of a poem?
Form conveys meaning, intent, mood, tone and thought.  Poets are critical thinkers.  We break things down and we build them up again to convey messages in different ways.  Form is not just important, it is a necessity for communication to take place.
What can poetry teach us about life?
Poetry can teach us, us!  We must know ourselves individually and collectively to better be of service to humanity in a multiplicity of ways.
Poetry teaches us to question, to interrogate the ideas that affect how life can happen.  Poetry is intellectual exercise when written or when being read so it teaches us to exercise our minds and this connects to ideas about democracy.

Continue reading When We Arrived presents: Questions for Educator/Poet Jolivette Anderson-Douoning

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When a Brown Child Learns to Fly by Jolivette Anderson-Douoning (video poetry post)

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Jolivette Anderson-Douoning is an Interdisciplinary scholar whose research is grounded in the Humanities and Applied Professions disciplines. 
Also known as Jolivette Anderson ‘the poet warrior’, she is a Race and Culture Educator who uses “Third Space Theory” to develop teaching and learning experiences that facilitate greater understandings of Black cultural existence and experience in the United States.
She is a Phd student and research assistant in American Studies / Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University. Her current research examines the purpose and relevancy of Black Cultural Centers between 1965 to 1995 and interrogates the future of BCC in a post – Obama United States of America. 
She has four recordings of poetry and prose: Love and Revolution UndergroundAt the End of a Rope in MississippiJolivette Live: A Bluesy Funk Life Cycle, and She Energy.
For bookings and additional information thepoetwarrior@icloud.com or DrJolly2015@gmail.com 

Louisiana Blackberry Summer a prose by Jolivette Anderson-Douoning

Madear is short in stature. She speaks in gentle tones with a high pitched voice. Her skin is dark. I liken it to the color of the blackberries growing on prickly vines in the Louisiana summer sun. To get those berries when they are plump, juicy and sweet, we check on them daily and hope that no one else beats us to the tree or field to pick them first. Plump, juicy and sweet –just like my Madear– are those blackberries, and their darkness makes them pretty and inviting to my heart.

blackberry tree

Those blackberries make me anxious to be near the source of their sweetness. The darker they become, the more my mouth waters with anticipation to pick them, wash them, and put them in my mouth, if I can wait long enough to reach running water. Continue reading Louisiana Blackberry Summer a prose by Jolivette Anderson-Douoning

The Rage In Me a poem by Jolivette Anderson-Douoning

the sound of metal expanding
water approaching 212 degrees
the first rumble of the interstate
when dawn breaks
the levels of the sea
the rage in me
the cracking of a window pane
the pain crack causes a brain
the deafening sound of a page turning
signaling a new chapter’s beginning
the scream of orange turning to red
a fist to the side of a head
the anguish of what you thought you knew
turning into what you can’t believe
deep levels of greed
release
the rage in me
a poem, a song
with all the wrong words
words unknown are thoughts unheard
chances missed climbing a crystal stair
that was never there
two tears kissing at the bottom of my chin
pure emotions wanting to be free
releasing
the rage in me
emptiness, crossing over to the barrel of a gun
hitch a ride on a bullet
to take life as it comes
a dance, a twirl, a shake, a moan
the rage in me
is looking
for a home
the safest haven?
this poem
this poem
this poem
(c) 5/27/2003
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Jolivette Anderson-Douoning is an Interdisciplinary scholar whose research is grounded in the Humanities and Applied Professions disciplines. 
Also known as Jolivette Anderson ‘the poet warrior’, she is a Race and Culture Educator who uses “Third Space Theory” to develop teaching and learning experiences that facilitate greater understandings of Black cultural existence and experience in the United States.
She is a Phd student and research assistant in American Studies / Curriculum and Instruction at Purdue University. Her current research examines the purpose and relevancy of Black Cultural Centers between 1965 to 1995 and interrogates the future of BCC in a post – Obama United States of America. 
She has four recordings of poetry and prose: Love and Revolution UndergroundAt the End of a Rope in MississippiJolivette Live: A Bluesy Funk Life Cycle, and She Energy.
For bookings and additional information thepoetwarrior@icloud.com or DrJolly2015@gmail.com