“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.” -Robert Frost
Here in Charleston, the poetry spoken word movement is making its mark on the Lowcountry. Spoken word has been around for many years and is performed by people of all walks of life: Poets, musicians, alchemists, cosmonauts, artists, wordsmiths, free spirits, robots.
In our LGBTQ community, spoken words are demonstrated to express one’s self and share a thought or experience with others. TyQuan Morton of Charleston began writing poetry in the 5th grade, but it wasn’t until recently that he started taking it more seriously. Two years ago, he hit the spoken word stage of Charleston and has been going to open mics around the city to let his voice be heard. Last week, he hit the stage at Fabulon, an LGBTQ friendly art gallery with an art school space where people can collect and create art while inspiring other students. This was the first of more to come “Fabulous Nights” presented by The Unspoken Word and We Are Family. Fabulous Nights begins a series of events in this creative space where all queer and trans folks are welcomed and everyone can perform and enjoy poetry, music, stand-up comedy, and more.
The night was alive with heart felt art as people performed and shared poetry. TyQuan’s poetry was personal and he let his audience feel the emotions of the words through music. “Spoken word is for everyone,” TyQuan says, “You find your voice, but also realize finding your voice takes time. And no matter what it is, someone will fall in love with it.”
“I surrender my body to your circadian rhythm and dance, to these words I am unfamiliar with and do not have time to examine…
On Venus, I can open this painted Pandora box in my chest, so you can leave your carbon footprint…
Earth’s gravity has denied this sonnet from my lips”
To join the Spoke Word movement, submit poetry to www.charlestonpoets.com
To stay up-to-date with open mics and slams, follow The Unspoken Word on Facebook @UnspokenWordsmiths
Photo’s and Words by Jonatan Guerrero Ramirez