We had the good fortune of connecting with Poesis Po and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Poesis, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
The most meaningful thing that I have done as a parent in terms of impact, will ultimately be decided by my children at some point in the future- however, my goal has always been to make sure my words concerning love, compassion, hard work, and logic are consistent with my actions. I believe most parents want their children to grow up to be productive members of society, and the best way to accomplish this is to lead by example. Children are sponges and will absorb most of the data that they are presented; because of that, I remain cognizant of the image I personally present to my children. I want my children to live up to their potential, and I feel that the best way they can accomplish that is by watching me actively live up to mine.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I have always used various forms of art to express myself; writing brought me to poetry, and poetry introduced me to music. Photography is just another form of artistic expression, the difference is, it allows me to be creative while bringing others to the forefront to interpret a collaborative vision. I do not compete with anyone, or try to set myself apart from anyone, my mission has always been to do what I love, knowing that everything else will take care of itself. I got to where I am professionally by trusting my instinct and staying steadfast in believing that in time talent would tackle politics. Nothing in life worth having is easy, and although I have made some progress, I am not yet where I want to be. I’m still on a journey and I am not near the finish line yet, however, I know that I must continue to improve, as progress is a process. I have learned that as an artist working with other artists, there will be disagreements, because we are passionate about our crafts. I have learned that it is okay to admit when I am wrong, and to never burn a bridge where I can build one. I have found that the best way to handle a new challenge is to look back at my past experiences and find out how I handled old challenges. I also reach out to people that I trust for counsel if I feel that I have reached an impasse. I want the world to know that my brand is not about me, it’s about them; as for my story….it’s still being written.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I love my city, because Tampa is an amazing place with a profound history and vibrant culture. I would start by taking them to Clair-Mel, we would drive through my old neighborhood and to the corner store that used to be called: “Tommy’s Market.”. We would then go to Old West Tampa, and view the public library, old cigar shops, and elderly people playing chess in
at the park. We would go to Ybor City from there and walk down the brick roads that my dad and his siblings used to call their stomping grounds, and visit the location of my grandmother’s house before it was torn down due to the interstate expansion. The University of South Florida is my alma mater and one of the most expansive and gorgeous campuses that I have ever seen, so we would travel there; and then stop to see the beautiful old world architecture of the University of Tampa. As far as food is concerned, we would have to stop by Dunn’s River Island Cafe for some awesome Jamaican food, Brocato’s for the best deviled crab that was ever created, Nico’s for some fresh Arepas, 7th and Grove for an innovative take on Soul Food, and finally Bern’s for the best steak on the planet.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This year has been a whirlwind which has touched everyone in a significant way. Many things transpired this year both personally and as a member of society at large have allowed me to take a step back and prioritize the most important things in life. I want to dedicate my shout out to all of those on the front line
s; whether fighting for social justice, figuring out ways to form a more perfect union, or combating the horrible virus that is Covid-19, I personally salute those who put their time and lives on the line- for the lives of others. I have been greatly inspired by those individuals; and will use my platform to spread the message of love, equality, and hope for as long as I have one.
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