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Spoken Word Poetry Interviews: Life and Poetry with National Slam Poet Winner, Gayle Danley

In this episode of Spoken Word Poetry, Ariana sits down and talks with poet Gayle Danley. She is a slam poet who has been writing and sharing poetry with the world for most of her life. Her electrifying live performances have garnered critical appraise. She has been a frequent guest on NPR and has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Her TED-Ed Talk, “Five Steps to Becoming a Slam Poet” has received upwards 600K views to date. In addition to being one of the nation’s most sought after inspirational writers and speakers, Ms. Danley is also an acclaimed teaching artist who’s been working with young people for over 15 years. 

Sit down and listen as these two converse about life, poetry and our gifts. 

Poet & Podcast Host, Ariana R Cherry speaks with National Slam Poet Winner Gayle Danley

In this episode of Spoken Word Poetry, Ariana sits down and talks with poet Gayle Danley. She is a slam poet who has been writing and sharing poetry with the world for most of her life. Her electrifying live performances have garnered critical appraise. She has been a frequent guest on NPR and has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on CBS’ 60 Minutes. Her TED-Ed Talk, “Five Steps to Becoming a Slam Poet” has received upwards 600K views to date. In addition to being one of the nation’s most sought after inspirational writers and speakers, Ms. Danley is also an acclaimed teaching artist who’s been working with young people for over 15 years. 

Sit down and listen as these two converse about life, poetry and our gifts. 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

If you didn’t know this already, October is domestic violence awareness month. I myself left an emotional, verbal, psychological and financially abusive relationship back in late 2014. Today, I try to spread awareness in hopes to help others leave such kind of relationships. In light of it being October and to spread awareness, I designed a little art trading card. I am selling it with 50% of the profits going to local organizations who help victims. I hope to have a necklace design too.

Another thing you might not have been aware of is that I have a program titled, “A Normal Kind of Love,” in which I tell my own story and read poetry along with it. If you would like to help support victims of domestic violence, you can give donations to local organizations in your area, or feel free to purchase a copy of my book, “A Normal Kind of Love,” on Amazon. 50% of the profits will be going to local organizations who help victims. You can also buy an art trading card with a purple ribbon drawn on it – representing domestic violence awareness.

Click here to purchase the miniature artwork below.

Click here to purchase ” A Normal Kind of Love.”

Original Poetry & Art: Art of my Soul

ART OF MY SOUL

Fragments of my imagination,
Sparkle from regions of my creativity
and swirl from the depths of my soul.
The magic that flows from my fingers to paper,
spill into colors from the rainbow,
lighting up a once blank space.
The art that splatters the sheet of paper,
can sometimes express what 
I cannot say in words.
There are times, 
when all you need is a picture,
to spell out all of your feelings
from deep inside.
 
- Ariana R Cherry 2021

Shop for Art by Ariana in her Facebook Shop at: https://www.facebook.com/ArtandPoetrybyAriana/shop/

Original Poetry: Searching for Serenity

I wrote a poem about looking for peace in a chaotic world… Sometimes our world gets a bit noisy, and you try to find a patch of peace- wherever you can get it.

Sharing a project: Cool new hanging wall art I have created

As I have been trying to feel my way through opening an Etsy store and work towards a goal of selling both my art and poetry together, I found a neat new way to “mash” it all together. I found these cute cute hanging ceramic wall signs that I could customize with my art and poetry…

Below is my first sign that I created. I added my “Purple Moon Art” and the poem about the purple moon to this specific sign. It is now listed in my Etsy Shop. I’d be interested to know what others think of this product or if it is a good idea? … There is a link to this specific product in my Etsy shop as well.

Thanks to all of those who read my blog and continue to visit it! 🙂

Purple Moon Ceramic Sign: https://www.etsy.com/listing/1063936724/ceramic-wall-decor-purple-moon-art-with?ref=listings_manager_grid

Where do you find inspiration for art?

I have been submerging myself back into my art again and trying to post it online in my Etsy shop and also building a website with my products as well. Building a website and putting your art for sale can be a bit exciting, yet a little scary, because you don’t know if it will sell or what others will think of your art… I’ve always wanted to try to sell my art but I’ve also wanted to combine my poetry and my art (I am working on that as well). What comes easy to me though, is inspiration for art. I can look outside, listen to music, watch a movie and look at other art and be inspired. But for others, I understand that isn’t as easy. Below are just a few places where you can find inspiration for art.

Photos of Late Fourth of July fireworks in central Illinois

As we all know, in 2020, many things were canceled because of the COVID19 pandemic. And then this year, the town where I live in Illinois, tried to schedule fireworks two different times the weekend before the 4th of July – but the weather interfered and they were canceled once again. Because the town where I live is quite famous for its fireworks, they were rescheduled for Saturday, July 31. Thankfully, this time, the weather cooperated and it felt like a nice fall evening instead of an uncomfortable summer one. I was able to take some photos of the fireworks and a few actually turned out pretty decent….

YouTube Shorts: The Moon Knows my Heart Poem

So I am not sure if this is a new thing – or I just noticed it the other day, but I saw where Youtube is allowing creators to make “shorts,” similar to short videos found on “Tik-Tok.” I thought – what a perfect opportunity to create some short poetry videos! I recently created a Poetry ACEO card and thought I would recite the poem on it and add a little music and falling stars with it…. Below you can see the card I made (which is for sale in my Etsy store), and the very short video that I made.

“The Moon Knows my Heart.” ACEO Art Trading Card

Echoing Emily: (Poetry: May-Flower & October-Vampire)

I have written another poem for my project, “Echoing Emily,” – where I take a poem written by Emily Dickinson and rewrite it in my own words but still trying to mock her style.

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