Transforming with Hamza Lakhal. Inkwell Arts. Leeds. UK.

Transforming Poetry
Editor’s Intro: we spend an evening with Transforming Poetry at the Inkwell Arts Centre. Leeds. Uk. It is introduced by Tony Martin Woods, a Spanish born poet, who teaches Spanish studies at Leeds University and who has been resident with his English family in Leeds for the last 20 odd years. This month’s session of local poets focuses under the title heading Transforming with Hamza Lakhal, a Saharwi from the Western Sahara, now occupied by Morocco, to whome it was sold by the Spanish in 1975. Hamza’s poetry is presented in Arabic following classical Arabic lyricalism but with political, social reference to the oppression of his peoples in the Western Occupied Sahara. Some translations together with readings are provided by Hamza with the local poets. Further intro into the background is also given throughout the evening by different speakers and poets together with their own blend of preach, protest, diatribe political poetry, making for an interesting evening looking into the heart of the British Midlands. Robin Ouzman Hislop
Hamza Inkwell Art
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Adam Levon Brown Review

4/5 Stars
Review of All The Babble of the Souk
By Robin Ouzman Hislop
I had the great pleasure of reviewing “All the Babble of the Souk” by a very experienced and talented poet, Robin Ouzman Hislop.
The book is split into the two parts, The first part is “All the Babble and the Souk 1” and is very short in comparison to the second part, “All the Babble and the Souk 2”.
Reader beware, this poet is on a different level. Do not read this if you don’t want to engage your essence in a series of fantastic life/mind changing events. Many of the poems herein push the boundaries between science and philosophy and develop a sense of doubt within the reader. These poems carry you on a cosmological, philosophical journey that is sure to leave you speechless and thinking on deeper frequencies.
Part 1
These are just a few of my favorites from part one.
From the very start with the poem “Africa North,” Hislop captures the reader in a vivid description of a thriving cityscape filled with many sensuous sensations. The poem “Passage” is a psychological view into the mind of the modern human. The poem, “Non Linear” focuses on the inception of homo Sapiens and how the system we created dwarfs us into a microcosm of everything around us.
Part 2
The second part is filled to the brim with intellectually stimulating pieces that deserve at least a second read through. The poem “Accident” grasped me and made me think of past events that I thought were lost forever.
The poem, “Slant” is written in sections such as, “on the Bus” and details philosophical messages the author has gained through these experiences. I very much enjoyed this poem as it is raw, delves deep into the mind of the poet and presents the inner workings of the brain.
The poem, “Edge” touches on what I believe is our greatest political and existential battle; human extinction.
This book changed my perspective on the human experience. Highly recommended to anyone who is into philosophy and isn’t afraid to take a step in a different direction.

Adam Levon Brown (ii)
Adam Levon Brown is a poet and author residing in Eugene, Oregon. He has one published poetry book out, Musings of a Madman, which is a collection of poems made to enlighten and inspire the reader. Adam attributes his love of poetry to the many great poets he discovered in the school library during his formative years. He enjoys listening to political hip hop music and is a political activist himself.
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“Visionaries Behind the Stars,” Janet Kuypers’ Chicago 9/12/14 Poetry “Love Letter” Periodic Table of Poetry feature

In one of Janet Kuypers’ installments of Periodic Table of Poetry poem readings (in her effort to write a poem for every element in the Periodic Table, to later become a book), Janet Kuypers was the feature at “Poetry ‘Love Letter’” in Chicago on September 12th 2014 (9/12/14) with “Visionaries Behind the Stars”.

the 9/12/14 Visionaries Behind the Stars Janet Kuypers chapbook
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Visionaries Behind the Stars chapbook,
w/ Periodic Table of Poetry poems.


Writings included in this show:

The Movie Guys Judy Chaikin Girls in the Band


The Movie Guys Judy Chaikin Girls in the Band

The Movie Guys interview Judy Chaikin whose recent movie The Girls in the Band is now available on video.  Lady musicians is a cause Artvilla took up as part of our series on Lady Jazz Musicians.

The Movie guys is a fun show and, in this segment, Judy Chaikins talks about her start in film. We catch a glimpse of another industry where women have a hard time breaking into, movies. Oh, like music they are there as a singer or actress, but encounter barriers when it comes to the jobs behind the scenes, like director or producer. In many ways Judy is a pioneer in film just like the women musicians she presents in The Girls in the Band. 

As a lad on the farm, I learned that, if I wanted that basketball goal, I had to drag that tree down the hill by myself. Judy learned that, as a woman in Hollywood, she had to buy the camera herself and go out and do it anyway. Golly bravo way to go!

After going to listen to the Lady Jazzers on our page at Artvilla, I have come to know a difference in the music that shows exactly what is broken about our media. Whether it’s music or film or TV, our art is missing its other half. By repressing the female expression we are missing the difference and “vive la différence”. The music of the men is competitive, fast and distinctly male. The music of the women is softer, not competitive and soothing.

The film and TV of the male is brash, exciting, and loud. We are missing the composed, the well written, the intelligent, the quiet which can be exciting. Our media has hit a wall by being one sided. It’s time to allow for more pioneers like Judy Chaikin to bring us out of our malaise.

Watch the Movie Guys on their YouTube Channel. Their show is downright good banter about movies and worth the subscription. They do need to work on their own filming a bit. I would suggest not hiding your guest behind a microphone.

……..David Michael Jackson