I am going to see what Cave Canem is like tomorrow. It’s the first meeting of the poetry workshop. It starts at 6pm. I will be able to tell friends what Cave Canem is like. I know at Cave Canem I’ll hone my craft as an African American woman Poet!
I chose to go to AAMH partial care program 5 full days a week for a year and a half. I really came out of my cocoon there. I attended the program from May 2011 to late October 2012. I was client of the month in June 2011. I shared two of my original poems at the Client Awards ceremony in June 2012. I am going to group therapy right now. I went to individual therapy for over a year. Yesterday was my first group therapy session. The group is all women and I liked that. Our next session in September 30, 2015. I will stay in group therapy for as long as I can afford it.
I applied for a spot in a Cave Canem poetry workshop this Fall 2015 and I got it. I am an African American woman Poet! I am looking forward to the first meeting of the poetry workshop on Thursday September 17, 2015 at 6pm. The poetry workshop will meet every Thursday after that until our Final Reading on Thursday November 5, 2015. I’m so happy for myself! I started writing poems in the 4th grade.
I like myself
I accept myself (it’s good to be me)
I’m not worried if people don’t like me (I never had a lot of friends. The friends I have know I love them)
I can and I do like myself
I believe in my ability as a memoir writer and so does Dr. Edi Giunta.
No one can take my Identity or Sense of Self away from me
No one can take the BA degree in English I earned away from me
I am in an 100 word memoir group. I post my 100 word pieces on Thursdays. They have not been posting or emailing me or anyone else in our 100 word group for almost two weeks. I hope my 100 word memoir group will start back again very soon. I’m sure it will but I don’t know how soon or when…!
I remember in an interview I saw on Youtube U.S. Poet Laureate from 2012-2014 Natasha Trethewey said that when she would seek out education, maybe reading or knowledge that people would say to her that’s “your white side”. It made her mad because they were saying that was her knowledge seeking side her “white side”. This disturbed me but I understand that biracial people really go through these things even in 2015. I’m sure it is the same for biracial young people now because of racism and ethnocentricism. Old notions about racial difference for black people and even biracial people go back to Slavery times.