• Chuka Phillip-Jonson

What Is Our Kode of Conduct?

Updated: Jan 29, 2020

In the last few months I have attended countless poetry readings, spoken word and open mic events where exceptional wordsmiths have done nothing but inspire, entertain and sometimes stirred up emotions with their word play. I’ve seen talented poets and story-tellers cuddle with words, wink with intonations and entertain with rhymes.

So what really is the power of poetry? Poetry has the power to inspire, to comfort, to awaken and to idolise. Poetry has the power to unite, to challenge the status quo, break down the patriarchy and give a voice to those who have been silenced for too long.

The great thing about poetry is that everyone is involved in it somehow. The audience creates that safe space for the poets to share, and the poets return the love by inspiring and entertaining the audience with their exceptional talents. Who knows? Maybe one word or a line from a poet could be the very reason why a person may decide to climb out of the pit of depression, and another may make an effort to change their life for the better.

Poetry intervenes at important moments in our lives to help us rise when we are down. Nowadays, with all the hate and division around us, it seems that we need more poetry than ever, because it can heal, unite, comfort and uplift.

Poetry offers a shelter when there is none and solace in times of heartbreak or mourning. Poetry is a promising means of communication, a message of freedom, a ray of hope when our backs are against the wall, a flash in the darkness and the light at the end of a tunnel.

Poetry is everywhere. It is in us, in our ever changing emotions and in the way we express ourselves. It is precisely the diverse interpretation of the art of words that makes it so powerful. A bow to poetry is a bow to the art of words. A bow to poetry is a bow to the creativity in all of us.

Poetry becomes more beautiful when you share and experience it together as a group or community. This is exactly what #KodeofConductPoetry is all about. Kode of Conduct Poetry is a community and is all about spoken word, poetry, tolerance, love, compassion, good vibes and culture. It's a safe space where everyone is welcome and is given the space to tell their story. We listen, we support and we care. Our Kode of Conduct is love.

The first #KodeofConduct Poetry and Open Mic evening hopes to create an avenue for poets, story-tellers and performers from all parts of the Netherlands, Europe, and the world to share their talents with the audience.

The maiden poetry reading and open mic evening will take place in March 2020, starting at 7 p.m. (walk in from 6.00 p.m.) to 10 p.m. at Poetry Circle Nowhere in Amsterdam. For further information and to register to perform, please send an email to: info.kodeofconduct@gmail.com.

See you there. :)

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