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GATHERED AT HER SKY, A CELEBRATION OF LIFE, BLACK LOVE AND HUMANITY
Award-Winning Poet/Artist/Filmmaker from Brooklyn Has New Book
Betty Makoni, founder of the Girl Child Network and a 2009 Top Ten CNN Hero, describes author Tantra-zawadi as “one of the finest and greatest female poets who undoubtedly has ushered in a new era and genre that will take the 21st century into one where humanity will move forward. She rejuvenates the weak mind, shakes and moves hard hearts. If one wants the power of poetry, then Tantra’s is the holistic package.”
Tantra-zawadi’s powerful poetry brings lyrical compassion into activism as well as the power of healing. Bruce George, Co-Founder of Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam says “Tantra's writing oozes with the passion of Neruda and the sensitivity of Sonia.” In her poem “Girl,” Tantra writes: “Out-sharpening my enemies/With what Eve knew in Adam” and “The toxic release of traitors/Running like thieves/From territories/Destined for greatness.” She exposes the pain endured by women of color, both past and present: genital mutilation, rape, AIDS, apartheid, domestic violence, racial discrimination and sexism. And how they must rise above these obstacles, stronger and healed through self-awareness and dignity. “Girl,” an except taken from the stage production of the same name, first appeared in Poetry in Purple published in conjunction with Downstate Medical Center’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month (October 2006) and will be included on her forthcoming CD Lifewatcher.
Tantra-zawadi is her poem “Black Love.” She is a freedom fighter, lover, universal consciousness and doctor of humanity. Feel her sensuality and strength dance and sing on each page. She’s a true storyteller from start to finish. Read her words, enjoy and rejoice!
Gathered at Her Sky is available online at Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com and Lulu.com. ISBN: 978-0-9841844-6-0, Paperback: 42 pp., Price: $12.00, Publisher: Poets Wear Prada. Partial proceeds from the book will be donated to Girl Child Network.
An award winning poet/artist/filmmaker from Brooklyn, New York, Tantra has performed to standing-room audiences in the USA, London, Germany and Toronto. She has performed original works in off-Broadway productions including Soldier Blues, and her one-woman performance piece, Girl: A Choreospective. She is known for being on the cutting edge as an artist regarding issues such as HIV and AIDS awareness. Tantra’s poem and video, “Scarlet Waters,” was featured on the Product (RED) video wall to raise awareness for HIV/AIDS in Africa and her short documentary, A Silent Genocide ~ A Brief Insight into HIV/AIDS edited by Oliver Covrett, takes another look at the personal impact of the disease. Visit Tantra online at: www.tantra-zawadi.com www.facebook.com/tantrazawadi www.myspace.com/tantrais www.youtube.com/tantrazawadi.
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