Poetry MAAdness Volume1 Issue 2
edited: Tuesday, September 30, 2008
By Pearlie N Harris
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Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2003
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Who is The Pearl?
THE PEARL is a very talented and influential poetess born and raised in Tuscaloosa, AL. She attended Auburn University and majored in Mechanical Engineering. She is currently residing in Atlanta, Georgia, and periodically shares her work at clubs and poetry sessions. Coming from a spiritual background, her poetry reflects on life experiences and the various misrepresentations society has instilled in us. She examines real life issues of love and hate, relationships, friendships and spirituality. Her poetry is deep; it touches your soul and will transform your viewpoints on a variety of subjects. When asked about her interest in poetry, she responded, “I think I first realized my interest in art when I was about 10 years old. I used to love sitting with my parents watching the public access channel whenever they had the Alabama symphony on. I don't think that is when I realized it though.I thought it was normal. I tried several times when I was 12 to read Hamlet. I found one of my father’s books. I understood the first part of it, but I felt like it would take me forever to read it, because I had to read a passage two or three times to understand it. I really don't know when I realized it was art. It was probably when someone characterized it for me.” Although Hamlet didn’t completely spark her interest in art, music and the cinema did. Through her lyrical poetry she mixes her love of music and drama into her words and creates poetry that is alive and vibrant. You can hear, feel and actually visualize her words. They come to life off the page. When asked what she wanted people to feel about her poetry, she responds, “What Iwant most is for people to have their own interpretation. I don't want someone saying that is not right, that is not what that poem means. I may have written it with onethought in mind, saying one thing and that is my meaning, but everyone has their interpretation of life. Everyone should have their interpretation of my poetry.” When hearing her words within the backdrop of music, this writer is reminded of the stylistic talents of Nikki Giovanni. Their soft spoken words are powerful and inspirational. I feel as if the almost childlike quality of their tones are feeding me the wisdom that sometimes comes from pure innocence. I am captivated. The Pearl encourages all readers of her work to experience the words through all of your senses and to take a journey into not only her words, but into yourself. Are you ready? Visit www.bookpearl.com to find out more.