I met Zen 17 years ago - though I had been meditating in a way since I was 5 - and I have dedicated the power I find in my words to promoting peace ... the peace that I find within. I have been moved, rocked to my very foundation by the words of Rumi, Hafiz, Shakespeare, Sanchez, etc. etc. ... & and I want to move my world as I have been moved.
My Mom asked me once, "So, Oni, how are you going to make all of this change in the world that you talk about?" I said, without hesitation & without knowing exactly what I meant at the time, "with who I am." So I change myself, over and over, to be a source of positive change and vision.
I write these words of peace and joy and upliftment not in denial of the pain and suffering in our world, but to focus on the Light...because I have a choice. And, peace is my choice; poetry is my vehicle. Your support will help me to compose everyday and to support myself in doing what I have always loved. Poetry was my first voice. It gave me a stage on which to play and profess and be heard and to hear. I am also a classically trained actor & professional voice actor and have always been told that I should put my poems on tape (back when there was tape). Now, finally, I am recording a series of singles and albums of me reading my work. The first 2 - "To Be You" & "My Skin" are out now on iTunes, Google Play, Bandcamp,Tidal, and all other music streaming services. These tracks will soon become a weekly podcast. Further, I'll be video recording some of these readings and releasing them in a video blog. All the world's a stage, and now, apparently, it's also a poem.
I've published the 3 books in a trilogy of works, "Speed Limit 55: poems in a Chicago season" in 2014, "Mile 84: poems to ride to" in 2015, and now the 3rd - "Illinois 19: poems on the way home" in 2016. Additionally, three more books are mostly written and nearing editing phases. I will use your encouragement and support to expand the life-affirming words of peace and joy coming through me out into a world that is aching for better news, more love, a little relief. Your support will create a platform for a newer vision of humanity via the written word, audio, and video.
Peace is possible. Love can be a lifestyle. Someone must proclaim a new vision for our world; let's do it together. Check out the first single on Bandcamp: "To Be You" on Bandcamp