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De Poetry Readin'

from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 1 by Nhojj



I went to a poetry reading at a SGL men’s retreat, and this one brother started reading these micro poems that were sooooo good. He was a warm, kindred spirit, so it was interesting to see this warrior come to the fore and spit poems… dropping the mic after each one, only to have another mic descend from the heavens, so he could spit another…

Oh course I started to write about it, but I remixed it with another fascination of mine… the ballroom scene. About 3 years ago, my artistic tank was empty, and all I could do was watch these LGBTQ kids twist, prance, and fall on beat… their bodies morphing into unimaginable shapes, their dance a form of resistance, protesting a world that choose not to see them… so they saw themselves. It was the beginning of my renewal.

My literary concoction complete, now came time to record. But I couldn’t quite capture the humor at the essence of this piece, so I started playing around. Now I’m not the best at accents, but remembering my 4 years in Trinidad, with storytellers like Paul Keens Douglas, always brings a smile to my face. Hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording.


And dis chile stroll up into de poetry reading and started throwing down poems on de table like it was a gambling card game...

Poem number 1
Poem number 2
Bam! Bam!
Poem number 3

If we didn't run out a time, he'd a still been dey throwing down de poems on de table

But ah had to say dough
Yuh was speaking de truth
I get my everlasting life... Eh-eh

And giving us face too... you know dat call me Ms. Ross remix with Ms Jackson if you nasty… Eh-eh
I was gagging... no dis child ain’ come up here and talk ‘bout he slayin’…

but yuh know ah had to give yuh yuh props eh…
because as de children does say…
Is 10s across de board
Yes Lawd!

I don' know if tuh love you or tuh LOVE you right now...
I t’ink I guh love you

ah - I
chile - person or one
dat - that
de - the
dey - there
dis - this
dough - though
eh-eh - yes indeed
guh - going to
tuh - to
t’ink - think
yuh - you or your


from Nhojj Poetry Vol. 1, track released November 11, 2017
Written & performed by Nhojj


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Nhojj Orlando, Florida

Singer/songwriter and poet wading through the rivers of R&B, soul, jazz, and reggae.

My intention is to create sonic spaces where you can experience yourself through the lens of love and acceptance.

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