The 2013 Women of the World Poetry Slam in Minneapolis was an awe-inspiring adventure of beautiful madness, at times so emotionally draining I had to take a few minutes for a walk around the block in the snow, to get my thoughts in order.
So many brave women, prepared to stand and tell their stories. There was laughter, tears, silliness, love, compassion, hilarity and at one stage, there was a moose.
Special mention goes to the new Women of the World Poetry Slam champion Denice Frohman from Philadelphia who blew everyone out of the water. One hundred percent confidence, no frills, no bullshit, just raw, honest, original poetry. Just as it should be.
At this stage, I am still doing a lot of reflecting and don't have all the words that I need to express just how special WOWPS was. I'm not sure I am eloquent enough to ever do so.
All I can say is, tell your stories, share your joys and sorrows, and expand your perspectives. You don't need to go across the world to do so, people are waiting to listen to your words, just beyond your front door.
Love and respect to all the amazing women who shared their poetry over the past week.