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A Kinda Life, Poetry Reading by Denise Stephani

Watch the Poetry Reading of A KINDA LIFE:

Poem read by actress Val Cole

Get to know poet Denise Stephani:

1) What is the theme of your poem?

Girl Power / Gender Equality. Empathy with Malala and all women and girls who are victims of the Gender War.

2) How would you like people to respond when they read or watch your poetry reading?

I would like people to feel moved and inspired to initiate and support social change. I would like men who read it to be more open to hearing the female human’s stories and help to support and protect women and girls.

3) How long have you been writing poetry?

Since a child as a weird sort-of survival mechanism, but more actively publishing since 2012. United Press London Recognition: Women Writers of the Year 2014 and Top Ten Writers for 2015

4) Do you have a favorite poet?

I love all poetry in the varied styles, but have drawn the most personal inspiration from Maya Angelou and her social activism through writing and poetry.

5) What influenced you to submit to WILDsound and have your poetry
performed by a professional actor?

Exposure and global recognition to help make a difference.

It is also good timing for an online event and promotion for the Eve Ensler One Billion Rising Campaign and the Malala film coming out. I have had a long affiliation with some of the amazing social action and reform work initiated in Canada. I have been a mentor and promoter of Free the Children (Canadians Craig and Mark Kielburger) since 2000 and started the first Chapters of this Nobel Peace Prize nominated organization first in South Africa and then Scotland.

6) Do you write other works? scripts? Short Stories? Etc..?

I have a number of books published as listed:
Books: ‘In the Wings’ – Trials and Transformation of the Alien Ballerina
http://www.denisestephani.com/Books_Venus_Rising_Trilogy.html#Book1
Letters to Mandela (Awards New York and LA – Best Books USA)
http://www.denisestephani.com/Books_Letters_to_Mandela.html
‘Kidz Mandela’ on Kindle

Po’tree, Proze ‘n Pix
http://www.denisestephani.com/Books_Po%27tree_Proze_Pix.html

Here is a link to info on my website: http://www.denisestephani.com/Books.html
I am also a trained screenwriter and have entered a TV pilot and a comedy short film into the Wildsound competitions for October 2015

7) What is your passion in life?

Writing and Dance. Healing through the arts to help create a better world for future generations

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Deadline: FREE POETRY Festival – Get poem made into a MOVIE and seen by 1000s. Three options to submit:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Read the best of POETRY from all over the world:

Deadline: FREE POETRY Festival – Get your poem made into a MOVIE and seen by 1000s. Three options to submit:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

Read the best of POETRY from all over the world:

INVISIBLE MAN, by Dawi Opara
Invisible Man, Poetry by Dawi Opara

LOVE, by Aaron Carey
Love, Poetry by Aaron Carey

THE PRICE OF LOVE, by James Gary
THE PRICE OF LOVE $$$, Poetry by James Gary

BLOODSHOT EYES AND TEARSTAINED CHEEKS, by Amber Lee
Bloodshot Eyes and Tearstained Cheeks, Poetry by Amber Lee

BLOODSHOT EYES AND TEARSTAINED CHEEKS, by Amber Lee
The Poet’s Pen, Poetry by Eleanor Mell

EARTHWORM, by Reena Prasad
Earthworm, Poetry by Reena Prasad

A KINDA LIFE, by Denise Stephani
https://wildsoundfestivalreview.com/2015/10/16/a-kinda-life-poetry-by-denise-stephani/

HUMANITYS COLLECTIVE OULIPO EXPERIMENT, by Jeffrey J. Garrett
Humanity’s Collective Oulipo Experiment, Poetry by Jeffrey J. Garrett

M-E JUST CUT AND PASTE, by Bill Clayton
M.E. – JUST CUT AND PASTE….., Poetry by Bill Clayton

THE GREATEST GIFT, by Augustine Sam
THE GREATEST GIFT, Poetry by Augustine Sam

SOLUTIONS, by Julius Wells
Solutions, Poetry by Julius Wells

MY BEAUTIFUL CIRCUMSTANCES, by Takudzwa Mudiwa
MY BEAUTIFUL CIRCUMSTANCES, Poetry by Takudzwa Mudiwa

A Kinda Life, Poetry by Denise Stephani

Genre: Girl Power!, History, Life

A Kinda Life
by Denise Stephani

http://www.denisestephani.com

For Malala who was shot in the head and left for dead & all the women and girls in the Gender War

Has life been kind to you? He said
As her heart stopped and bled
She sighed and shook her head
If I could’ve I would’ve fled

Life sucks for us ducks
What’s bad for the goose is good for the gander
Life is angled for the power of the boys den
It’s hard to be the shoved out hen

If Sallys had equal money
Blokes would lose the power to control the honey
If Janes could have equal learning
Guys would feel their egos burning

For thousands of years they have kept us down
They have snatched and held the gender crown
Marys have smiled behind a tear and frown
But now us Jennies must turn it all upside-down

Has life been kind to you? He queried
You look so tired and wearied
No, she stuttered
To see it you must be kind
Most Johns push our struggles from their mind.

When we talk of rape
They say ‘Peel a grape’
When we say that we’ve been battered
They say: To listen would leave me shattered
Man-made Sheila pain
Is silenced for their gain

Has life been kind to you? She said
I wish I could lie inside your bed
And have your life instead
Not be the prey – who is left for dead

Life sucks for us ducks
What’s bad for the goose is good for the gander
Life is angled for the power of the boys den
It’s hard to be the shoved out hen

For thousands of years they have kept us down
And they have snatched and held the gender crown
Marys have smiled behind a tear and frown
But now us Jennies must turn it all upside-down

Has life been kind to you? He asked
Has life been kind?

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Deadline: FREE POETRY Festival – Get your poem made into a MOVIE and seen by 1000s. Three options to submit:
http://www.wildsound.ca/poetrycontest.html

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