POV Open Mic in Phx

I Am Root Co. will be teaming up with the RISE staff to put on a monthly open-mic. This evening will also feature ‘Local + On The RISE’ which includes one hour of Locals only music.  For more information or to send in your music for consideration, email media_iarco@outlook.com ​​   Info: Date: 06/08/18 Time: 730 – 10pm Format: Public Open-Mic Location: RISE Craft Coffee + Eatery – 918 N 5th St. Phx, AZ IARCO: http://www.iamrootco.com | @iamrootco RISE: @RISECraftCoffee   Advertisements Continue reading POV Open Mic in Phx

It’s You

Sunflowers etched into her skin, she is radiance exemplified; Mother blessed her with the name Joy. Far from perfect, she can be found in the darkest of places offering hope. Adventurer, she is forever chasing knowledge by sticking fingers into the keyholes of imagination. Sweetness drips on her tongue. Joy can be found between the swirls of an ice cream cone on a Phoenix summer day. Timeless in her elegance and experimental in expression, she is pure ambiguity. Lady of brilliance, Joy is in every woman. It’s you. You are her. You are the joy that this world needs. Your … Continue reading It’s You

Day 2: conTROLLa

Second therapy session. My therapist says “You have issues with control. ” How do I control these feelings when my life is not mine to live? I’ve no more control than the next man. Playing back seat driver in my own ride. Mine own body ain’t been mine since time was. “What do you mean?” I am the captain of no ship, my soul set sail long ago on voyages unknown to my heart. Tugging at these strings, desperate for some semblance of autonomy. Whoever is running things has been doing a shit job! “You have issues with anger” “Doc, … Continue reading Day 2: conTROLLa

Just Jae – Second Place Winner of the Spring 2018 Poetry Contest

Help us congratulate our 2nd Place Winner for the Rooted Minds Blog Spring 2018 Poetry Contest.  Topic: Fresh Starts and Second Chances.  A message from Jae:  Thank you again for the access… this opportunity allowed me to create something new, and fresh. The affirmation around it provides me inspiration and strength. ​​  About Me: Just Jae is a native of Cincinnati (OH) but is a Child of the World. This seasoned sistah celebrates the power of well-placed words. As a published poet, she believes storysharing will save the world and supplies poetic testimony as her personal contribution. You can find … Continue reading Just Jae – Second Place Winner of the Spring 2018 Poetry Contest

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Makayla Nunn – Winner of Spring Poetry Contest

Hey Root Family, meet the 1st Place Winner of our Spring 2018 Poetry Contest! Topic: Fresh Starts and Second Chances.  ​   About me : I’ve only been in Arizona for a year, originally from California! I’m 21 years old.  In my free time I write or paint. I’m currently working on my very first look book! It will be hand painted thrifted items!  Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/lil.noodlehead/ Read Makayla’s 1st Place Poem Scoring 61/75 How can I succeed in a community filled with poverty ?  With these thoughts and voices in my head attacking me ?   I take a hit, just one … Continue reading Makayla Nunn – Winner of Spring Poetry Contest

Day 1 : Down the Rabbit Hole

As part of my therapy and dealing with depression, my therapist recommended that I chronicle my day to day dealings with mental health. In doing so, I started a series of poems detailing the inner turmoil I experienced on the road to Peace. This is Day 1. Today i wrestled with the notion that my mind is my own worst enemy. I’ve told all my secrets, even gone so far as to bargain with them. Anything to cease these torturous ramblings of moments past and futures born of an overworked psyche. Surely something must give. Tempted by tantalizing tablets foretelling … Continue reading Day 1 : Down the Rabbit Hole

The role of artist in society

The role of artist in society is one that is often wrapped in language that makes it very hard to understand what needs to actually be done by an artist. It is one thing to paint or sing but just because you write does not make it that thing that pushes humanity forward. What is happening when a piece of art changes the world? The answer is in order to experience art you have to have a body. In the fact that all humans have bodies we can find our answer to what is happening when art really achieves what … Continue reading The role of artist in society

7 Poems x 7 Days – Scantily – Day 7

Dom here! So I worked with my girlfriend on a 7 day poetry project, at the start of a new day she sent me a new word and I wrote a poem based on the word and submitting them without edits. As I wait to board this flight All is mundane of the world we rest unrested and nod through precursors of stories weve heard a million times while disconnected from the world most float through, and trace the time til lunch at noon clock out, reset, resume… From cubicle seats, some of us can see, the life we want … Continue reading 7 Poems x 7 Days – Scantily – Day 7

7 Poems x 7 Days – Kalopsia – Day 6

Dom here! So I worked with my girlfriend on a 7 day poetry project, at the start of a new day she sent me a new word and I wrote a poem based on the word and submitting them without edits. On a Saturday somewhere in 2014, I visited the Herd Museum in Phoenix and as I moved through the various installations, I ran across one that stuck out and it appeared that it was composed with a great deal of patience and there was beauty in this artistic language displaying both the victories and triumphs of a foreign nation … Continue reading 7 Poems x 7 Days – Kalopsia – Day 6

7 Poems x 7 Days – Succulent – Day 5

Dom here! So I worked with my girlfriend on a 7 day poetry project, at the start of a new day she sent me a new word and I wrote a poem based on the word and submitting them without edits. The classical acoustic guitar and its nylon strings so sweet, filling this busy coffee shop brings up memories of Open Mics, in my earlier days of poetry. We’d convene in spaces considerate of our quest and filled with the greatest chefs, the food was a blessing nonetheless, we’d eat fries and ‘succulent’ chicken breasts, just before spouting our most … Continue reading 7 Poems x 7 Days – Succulent – Day 5