Is poetry the baring of a soul overwhelmed by grief and melancholy in front of life’s issues? Or is it a tribute to the beauty of nature or the feats of heroes? Is it just a way to communicate with and reach to others, in the hope they also share the same feelings while confronted by the many aspects of life?
The intimate setting of Bliss Coffee House, in Marsh Harbour, was the perfect place for a group of young artists, poetry writers, musicians, and painters to attend the premiere of a poem by Joinel Jeune, on the evening of September 13.
During Jeune’s reading of his poem “Woman You Are…More Than,” photos of women who inspired his writing were shown.
The poem was a tribute to all the women who had a positive role in the poet’s life. From Jeune’s mother, his sisters, his teachers, his friends, to the other women who marked his life in various ways. The verses, read with passion, seemed to reach right through the hearts in the room.
“I would like to encourage women to embrace their uniqueness; this poem should inspire some, remind some, but it will definitely encourage all,” explained the poet.
The reading was accompanied with guitar by Nicholas Santil. The video was recorded at the studio of New Entry Band and edited by Zyandric Jones. It will be posted on Facebook in the near future.
Before a second viewing, Jeune invited several guests, women and men, to read their poems. Emotions of sadness and emptiness were expressed as some women shared with the audience their struggle to find themselves. There was also hope and encouragement for these same women, as the poem by Jeune sent vibes of positivity and support to all the women present.
Yasmin Glinton, Garnell Limperes, D’nette Morris, and Chris Pennererman were some of those who participated in the poetry reading.