Thursday, August 21st at 6:00 p.m. Ujamaa Collective Boutique hosted a Poetry Reading & Book Signing featuring the womanly; gracious with an overwhelming sense of respect and love, poetry of Bekezela Mguni and Joy Kmt. Followed by Cathleen Bailey sharing from her second poetic collection, “Wild Howling Woman” and also, from her first collection “Split Rock/Cracked Cave.”
The reading was more than a presentation of a finished work; but of honor and recognition of community and family. Cathleen’s literary works is a quilt of words and sounds that speak highly of history, people and their traditions. Her poems are praises of who we are.
With the culturally beautiful backdrop of the Ujamaa Collective Boutique the opening and intimate poetry of Bekezela Mguni and Joy Kmt offered a sense of newfound friendship. Their separate pieces coiled together by a common theme of devoted friendship, mutual respect. Bekezela and Joy’s reading gave a new definition to “best friends.” A new value on the importance and the influence being a special influence on one another has on their creativity and their growth as women. It was beautiful to hear and even mores to see the delight in each other eyes as they spoke of how their friendship pull them up and out and beyond.
After the elders in the audience praised the two young poets and encouraged them to continue on their paths, Cathleen welcomed and thank those who were there for her. The publication of her recent collect “The Howling Woman” was made possible by a 2011 grant from The Pittsburgh Foundation, Advancing Black Arts in Pittsburgh. Read more »