Where’s home? Where’s peace of mind? Who will be there when I arrive?
How do you revisit a dream you lost in the midst of surviving a bad scene?
What’s the trick to living in harmony with those who have harmed me?
Why do so many women I know harbour so much self-hate?
For my soular-sister who wonders: When last did freedom say your name?
In order to heal you must acknowledge what hurts. The words, gestures, and rhymes for these signs are perhaps foreign at first. But I think when you are finally able to call it out, then you can change its hold on you. There’s a bona fide beauty in moving, stepping out and splitting off from a hiding place. It is not unlike birth. Simply, you ask to be found when you search.
Trust that what is meant for you is relying on you to show up. Show up.
Britta B. is a spoken word poet and arts educator. Her works have been featured on TEDx, The Walrus Talks, CBC Radio’s Day 6, Ask Her: Talks presented by The Stephen Lewis Foundation, Toronto Star’s The Kit: Compact Magazine and the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2017, Britta was an artist-in-residence for the spoken word program at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Britta is currently a member of the Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab.
As an arts educator, Britta develops curriculum, facilitates artist-training seminars, poetry workshops and after-school programs in partnership with organizations like UNITY Charity, Leave Out Violence (Ontario) and various school boards across Ontario. Britta is a former youth mentor for The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery and junior artist mentor for the Art Gallery of York University.
When not performing or teaching, Britta emcees break-dance battles, hip-hop jams and community appreciation events.
Learn more about Britta here.
Social Media: @missbrittab
Photo credit: Gilad Cohen