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He reminded me of family. I don’t know…it could’ve been the New York connection. I just knew that I always understood what he had to say and more importantly, what he wanted to say.

Honoring his evolution, I journeyed with him as his username changed a few times and his poetic style transitioned in leaps and bounds. Oh and then there was the time we collaborated. Concrete Jungle + a quest for serenity, equaled undeniable peace:

WITH CLOSED EYES

I felt the water touching me/exalting me/ purifying deeply clean/also the scent of tangerines/I hear the bee’s buzz right before they sting/and the daffodils tickle my naked feet similar to a hair string/the solar of the sun rays moisturizes my flesh I perspire a gleam/and I hear the salmon swimming underneath the stream/I touch my eyelashes which is connected to my face like a seam/with closed eyes this is what I seen. 

@agust.ofwind 

Sounds to me like you saw paradise

And felt calm before the storm

Our existence free of anxiety

Scarless bodies void of self harm

Purity intact before violation 

Vivid colored dreams 

With heightened sensation 

A time where safe havens 

Were actually safe

Adam & Eve bare but not exposed

An existence where 

Peace remained unscathed

I too see better 

with my eyes closed

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In his own words…



“Peace…I’m FromDust2Dawn and my essence is AgustOfWind! Basically my bio is a…or rather the reason I’m here is to elaborate on just how I came about writing poetry. Actually its been my nature since the mother womb cradle me and the father spoken me into existence to express myself in a form of a written expression; since the days of elementary and my lack to understand certain arithmetics. I humble thyself and converse to the Kings and Queens however you see or perceive yourself. This is who I am”.

He shares…


e Speaks…

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I had not spoken with nor reviewed new material from Prithwish since his initial request to be featured a few months ago. I had already chosen my favorite pieces of his but decided to visit earlier today and my eyes fell on one piece:


The beauty of this work of art is it’s something every writer in every writing community in every nation can relate to. And that was the only reminder I needed as to why I selected him after combing through several submissions. Prithwish and I were worlds apart, both literally and figuratively but as fellow humans and aspiring writers; our words made the world go round. 


He speaks…

This is Prithwish Satpati. I’m 18 years old and it has been around a year since I have started writing. I usually write short crisps quotes and one liners. I want to get featured because most of the people who have read my poems say that it’s amazing so i want to take it to a larger audience. I hope you help me achieve this goal.



e Speaks…



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Yep. She’s on my team. You got next but I got her. Nicole Campo is a force like no other and being one of her students and fans is not for the faint of heart. “Why?”, you ask? Because raw emotion coupled with demonstrated intellect quickly weeds out the smug pretenders. That. That is why she’s one of my poetry homegirls. Let’s tune in with one of my favorites:

She speaks…

I don’t consider myself a writer. I’m just a girl who loves to manipulate and tailor words to fit real life experiences. In my 37 years on this planet, I’ve endured a plethora of emotions, and some seriously heart wrenching situations. I know I’m not alone, and to have the ability to express myself through the power of words, makes my heart smile, especially when another human being can relate. Although I’ve indulged in writing from an early age, I’ve dedicated more time as of late. It cleanses my spirit. Soul searching via writing has always been cathartic. It heals. One word at a time. 

Eh…37 yesterday. 38 today! April 24th is an international holiday but of course! HAPPY BIRTHDAY BEAUTIFUL!! (cue another favorite piece of mine…)

She has more to say…

e Speaks…

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Originally posted this morning on my new Instagram page: Inspiration With E:

B E T T E R

Dear Journal,

On my way to meet someone I’d never met before yesterday, I ended up getting stuck in traffic. Four lanes on the highway had been condensed to one due to an accident where a truck had spilled most of its contents. Approximately 3 minutes late, I pulled up only to find the party I was meeting; dealing with a flat tire!

Going into a new situation or venture can bring anxiety, nervousness or even cause our heart to race in a good way because we’re so excited! Though polar opposites, life happens to all of us…unbeknownst to all of us! 
Fast forward to the meeting wrapping up an incredibly enlightening four hours of conversation because we ENJOYED our staunch differences! 

Today you may find yourself interacting with someone different than you. Instead of being uncomfortable or put off by asymmetry of any kind, challenge yourself to appreciate it! 

Life has a way of leveling the playing field; be via an accident or a flat tire but approaching the NEW and DIFFERENT in each brand new day, can be unexpectedly beautiful. 

As a matter of fact, it can be BETTER. 

Selah,

e

4/24/17

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Eh…

You have those who love to write poems and then there are those who govern themselves as the embodiment of poetry.  I would liken this creative genius as the latter; and she has the nerve to be one of my biggest supporters.

Oh..but I am such a fan; and with good reason! I’m sure you can imagine why this piece caught my eye:


Yep. Pretty much. And it keeps getting gooder and gooder….

Now she’s just meddlin’… (insert slow eye roll for emphasis…)

In her own words…

“DaVinity,” N.L. Langley, is a true Scorpio to the heart who has an affinity for the color black. She was born on November 11th in New Haven, CT, where she was raised and still resides. She is a lover of words and the English language and has been since childhood often losing herself in the fictional worlds of various children’s novels. She holds her B.A. in Communications and is an ardent proponent of clear, open and honest discourse, as she believes it is the thing that helps to sustain any and all relationships. She is a lover of God and cherishes originality and authenticity in a person. Her goal is to live as transparently and courageously as possible in hopes that that same motif bleeds itself into her work so that it might meet people at their varying needs serving to remind them that they are not alone in this world and motivating them to keep going because they are more than enough.

P.S. If you ever see her in person please be sure to hug her because she is such a hugger.

She shares one of her favorites…

She shares in response to the tragic 2016 Pulse Night Club Massacre in Orlando…

e Speaks…

As a lover of poetry and a lover of love, I have been most impressed with DaVinity’s gift to demonstrate a vulnerable strength when writing. Hence another one of my favorites:

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Posted earlier today on my new accounts: Instagram @InspirationWithE |@EAInspiration on Twitter

S T I L L

Dear Journal,

Yesterday afternoon I had the best conversation with one of the most inspiring entrepreneurs I know. She not only gave me food for thought, she challenged me to think outside the box without giving me crayons to draw.

I know what it’s like to start my day with great hope and purpose; only for things to periodically get screwed up fairly quickly. Our conversation reminded me why there were erasers on pencils. It’s never too late to begin again.

Maybe there’s someone else reading this who started out on their journey with a clear mind and things got very cloudy very quickly.

It is my hope and silent prayer that they remember as they throw their hands up in frustration or defeat that every setback is a not a Stop sign. For every moment of time is a gift destined for greatness even still.

Selah,

e

PS: It can still be a good day. 


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D I F F E R E N T

Dear Journal,

Got on the scale a few mins ago, entered my weight in my @myfitnesspal app & shuddered at the steady increase from my first entry on Jan. 13, 2013 till now. I then thought about every maladaptive coping mechanism I had but my weight gain was the only one I couldn’t hide. And once I entertained that negative, self demeaning thought, a million other negative thoughts attempted to quickly overtake me.

Then my Creator interrupted the barrage of self inflicted negativity when he whispered, “You are fearfully and wonderfully made…”. Hmmm…I knew the address of the old familiar adage…but it’s what I told OTHERS. I mean, did that still apply to me Creator?

Then peace…this reassuring peace washed over me. A warm reminder to not only speak life over myself but that it was never my Creator’s intentions for me to be anyone else than what I was created to be. It was a sweet reminder that being different was not only hauntingly beautiful…it was incredibly necessary.

Selah,

e

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Cue side eye as noted in the flawless work of art captured by TCD Photography in the photo above…

That’s not love. And you know it. We knew it. I knew it. I know what it’s like to stay longer than I should to a party I was never invited to. There are times we get involved with people, places and things that we were never meant to connect with. Things that were never supposed to be a part of our story. Relationships that we had no business being in. 

That’s what I’ve been writing a lot about on my social media pages this morning. ALOT…



Nonetheless… I digress … at this time. 


SPEAKING OF SOCIAL MEDIA!!

I am back on Facebook after closing my account eight years ago!! Trust me… I went kicking and screaming and DELAYED it as long as I could! Facebook was an extremely unpleasant experience for me; but between my cohosting the #RadioDivas show on #GrindHardRadio, the #suicideprevention organizations I volunteer for and the INCREDIBLE supporters of my work; I was severely out numbered! LOL! So please if you’re on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram let’s connect!!!

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PUBLISHED WORKS

February 2017 – One of 44 poets BLESSED to have one or more of our poems featured in their latest book, “Love Notes From Humanity – The Lust, Love & Loss Collection“. 

October 2015 – WOW! Magazine (Poetry featured)

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