Anne Marie began performing her
poetry in August, 2001. Finding more and more confidence in
voicing her own written work, and believing that she had a message to
share, she produced two performances at Restaurant 1050 in New
York. Over the next several years she expanded these performances,
incorporating other actors as well. Venues included Shelter Studio
Theatre in NY, Havana Bay Cafe in NJ, and several NYC public
libraries. Her work has been published in Signifyn Harlem,
and she has performed with other poets at the Schomburg Library in
Harlem. In 2003 she produced Soul Jam, a poetry and music
collaboration with other poets. She has lectured and read her work
at various schools and colleges.
performance pieces with poetry are very urban in nature, and the casts
are always multi-ethnic and multi-generational. Actors have
included Justine Cox, Carla Brothers, Suzanne Jackson, Phyllis Bash,
Joyce Lyons, Bev Ritchie, Elizabeth(Chachi) Hueska, Kalimi Baxter,
Rhondi Miller, Myuki Tajonera and Federica Baldan. Audiences
have likened the pieces to For Colored Girls, and The Vagina
Marie enjoys giving seminars on poetry and its possibilities for
staging, concluding with a performance of her work. She looks
forward to working with your school or organization in developing pieces
that suit your needs, as well as incorporating your students or members
in the performance. Please contact her through the Contact
page, and begin to explore the possibilities together...
poetry listed below is a very brief sampling of her work over the
one morning after making
it through the subway turnstile to wait
for a train, a route I used to take
I noticed a moving object
making its way, rambling through
it had been the desert out west
it might have been a tumbleweed
Not clear what I was seeing
a small person?
an extra large rodent?
In Manhattan it could be anything!
eyes finally get a clear view
itís a black plastic Bag
full of air
meandering and dancing
strolling low to the ground
deciding whether or not
to take the
Next thing I see is it makes
its way to the turnstile.
where is it going?
who itís going to see?
where itís going?
Is there any Knowing in this Bag?
that space, time and the elements
have given life to
all itís just a plastic
Bag (which at the moment is awake)
that most throw
Itís another passenger
for the MTA
or perhaps it will meet
its end on the tracks
Not sure what the
Itís only what I see
Or was its journey Just For Me
Is better than TV
Who you calliní
No Mo the Hoe
Do you know a
Itís a tool to till the soil
Not used to
Condemn or Judge
Not a place for you to go to get off
And then say ďTHAT HOEĒ
can aid in fertilizing the soil
But a hoe is a
DONíT GO THERE
As NO MO
Can you throw
HOE word around
You cheapen the universe
unless you pick
up the tool and till the soil
better zip the lip
And the Pants
Cause the HOE is your Belief
Hoe No Hoe
But never a proper
Or improper name
So the next time
You feel those words
And let it Flow
Cause you speak of yourself
LIFE is a
Watch it or youíll end up
RESPECT MUST BE PAID!
is the time of growth,
nature reaches itís highest peak.
sunís warm light makes nature grow.
is natureís old age.
leaves turn brown,
they fall to the ground.
is the time of death.
is cold and wet.
seems to be numb
in a deep sleep.
is natureís reborn time.
sparks of life appear,
on trees, or blade of grass
are like the seasons
with the times.
up, then dying
be born to a new life.
Oh the LADIES in their Sunday finery.
Ascot in England Has nothing on these WOMEN
on their way to Praise and Worship.
They Honor their lives
in their appearance
They exude pure DIGNITY, Self-Respect, Honor and FREEDOM
from the History of abuse, misuse, use
FREEDOM from being a possession.
was the power needed to move
these lives from the Destruction of Ego
You Can Take That and STICK IT
youíll never have
over these WOMEN any more.
have Found their Strength in FAITH
ďGreat GreatsĒ had to Hang on to Hope and BELIEVE
in the DIVINE
Order of Life
they were EQUAL
if not SUPERIOR
to those who tried to blow out their FLAME
An impossible mission
PASSION IS PASSION!
these Lovely Ladies, these WOMEN among WOMEN
themselves and their
At their call to Worship,
Itís a beautiful thing to observe
Itís a beautiful thing to know these individuals
CAN RISE and MOVE FORWARD.
spite of Who or What tries to
drag them into the WORLD of
darkness, disregard, disrespect, disenfranchised, displaced, disgruntled
You cannot DIS these WOMEN
cause theyíre ALL HOOKED UP.
couldnít BLOW UP their SPOT if you tried.
have self-respect and human dignity as their guide,
Resulting in Pride.
WOMEN are ROYAL as they make their way to Worship.
All the History
must Never Forget
What brought us to where WE ARE.
WOMEN are our call to Recognize, Acknowledge, Honor
Keep in Check
Respect of Self and Others.
WE ARE moving FORWARD
with the Program
NO ONE will Keep US down again.
Never give YOUR power away
Use it to heal you,
Your family, your
neighbors, your community, your country,
your nation, your world and the Universe.
what these Hats
these WOMEN who sport these HATS
Is a RESURRECTION of LIFE!
We must remember many that have yet to find the way
As Ego Power Driven beings continue to
Yet there is hope the
Sun will Rise!
Itís Sunday and signs of a New Day and
Life Rising is EVERYWHERE.
Who Knew all that
Could be embodied in a
Late, Iím Late
for a very
Iím not the White Rabbit and this
is not a
from Lewis Carrolís imagination
Iím Late for the Adventures
Iím Late because Iím Late because
Late for work, for school, for the bus,
For workouts, for meetings, rehearsals,
For friends, family appointments and dates.
Late; Iím Late yes Iím Late
I HATE that Iím Late
That anyone or thing
Should have to WAIT
Because Iím Late.
creates lack of trust, disrespect
My time is
donít think Soooo!
Iím Late you betcha
One could make up stories
See if youíd fall for the Bait.
I know I aggravate those who
Wait and Wait.
Iím busy squeezing, doing,
running and cramming things in just to
FILL every second not waste time.
So the result is you WAIT.
I have disrespected and disregarded
your lifeóyour journey
Diminishes your need violates
time Your space
Late keeps me Late
Lets my Punisher have
Keeps the adrenaline pumping
in my veins
the LATENESS in
to drop it.
There are no tricks to on time
When youíre late
A cycle of repetition
Hope itís not too LATE
To create a different
See I am Late, Iím Late for
a very important date.
made you wait.
Late Iím Later for life!
me get this straight
to get this Straight
Lest I remain Late