Here Comes the Slam
Putting Levi the Poet on a stage is like trying to put a rock concert inside a confessional. Fortunately, Revolutions International Theater Festival is hosting Levi the Poet in a movie theater. Which is fitting for this one night only performance, because watching Levi is also akin to watching moving pictures. A current inhabitant of ‘Burque, Levi has evangelized the word of poetry across the country. With infectious energy, skillful writing, and an intimidating amount of vulnerability, Levi embarks on a mission to remind his audience that they are alive, one poem at a time. With pieces fresh off of his new album, Seasons, Levi will showcase his work at the Guild Theater during the zenith of the 13th Annual Revolutions International Theater Festival. With Tricklock Company bringing in world class acts from Denmark, Poland, Italy, and beyond, it is significant that Levi gets to represent “ye old red ‘n green.” Think you’ve seen the likes of Levi the Poet at your neighborhood poetry reading? I suggest you check out his latest “cine-poem” Resentment at his website … and then go promptly reserve your tickets before this one sells out. (Hakim Bellamy)
Wednesday Jan 30, 2013
Performace with Levi the Poet as part of the Revolutions International Theatre Festival.
Levi The Poet began as an attempt to share art for art’s sake, or for my sake. Probably more for my sake, and colorful words can’t cover that false identity I tried to build up in my worth as an artist beneath some vague glow of a spotlight (zoom out, empty room).
What it has become is a labor to bare all before others like the Son of Man bore all before us, bore all for us. The vision is Jesus. One day, we will see him face to face. The mission is threefold: realistic, repentant, and redemptive.
Realistic in such a way that life is not candy-coated with smile-painted masks for fear of acknowledging our depravity and flinging ourselves into the arms of grace. Repentant in that the very need for grace necessarily implies a brokenness only perfection can mend. Redemptive in that perfection gave himself for us, his name is Jesus Christ, and we are not alone. All of the answers to our “whys” will not satisfy the pain of this broken place, but the fact that we have a sympathetic servant who intercedes before the Father on our behalf… the fact that we have a savior who empathizes with us and atoned before the throne of God that we might be called his sons and daughters… the fact that we have a dad who holds our hand… those things are priceless.