The Bootstraps staff made a delightful rediscovery during the 2017 Kwanzaa celebration at the African American Research Library in Ft Lauderdale, FL. Back in the day when spoken word, poetry and open mics began to flourish in South Florida, a few venues were established to provide an outlet for aspiring spoken word artists. There was no shortage of poets to arise to the occasion. At the time, Poetic Expressions, hosted by Sister Ife, the Sol Griots and the renowned Speak Easy held weekly at the World Famous Soul Lounge was the places to be, and the poets to see!
One poetic presence that has been on the scene since day one, is our first featured poet, brother Kimani. Several years has passed since being on the same mic with this poet, but there is no doubt his oratory skills have been honed over time and he comes blazing verses from both barrels!
Kimani shined verbal light on the Kwanzaa crowd with two amazing poems. One piece drew parallels between the implied or buried symbolism in what may seem to be such an innocent nursery rhyme as Baa Baa Black Sheep. As if that was not enough, the crowd brought him back for yet another thought provoking poem. And of course, in the true tradition of one of South Florida’s pioneering poets, he did not let them down. Be on the lookout for this poet, but be ready to take the heat!