At this time, two years ago, I was in a lot of pain. A friend invited me to a spoken word event. I had never listened to spoken word before, but she was really excited to hear one of the judges, Carlos Andrés Gómez, so I went.
The experience is difficult to describe. It’s like describing colour to someone who’s never seen before. I felt alive. It was impossible for me to sleep that night, and the next day, I decided I needed to talk to him.
At the time, I was transitioning from my position as Poetry Editor to Assistant Editor at an online student literary magazine. The interview became one of the last podcasts for the magazine.
After hearing all the talented spoken word artists, I realized that there are things in this world that are far greater than my personal dramas, and that one day, this too shall pass.