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Award winning slam poet comes to USM

Posted on November 17, 2014 in Arts & Culture
By Krysteana Scribner

Sam Hill | The Free Press
Sam Hill | The Free Press

Award-winning poet, actor and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez took the stage at USM and performed a variety of his slam poetry, which focused on getting in touch with our emotions and never forgetting the beautiful moments we experience in life.

Gómez grew up believing he needed to fight, treat women as objects and close off his emotions in front of other people. It wasn’t until he discovered a love for acting that he began to realize the true cost of holding back emotion. He said that this realization was one of the many moments in his life where he realized he was meant to perform as a career.

“I first got into slam poetry after watching the film Slam starring Saul Williams and Sonja Sohn. My biggest inspirations are the overlooked poignant moments in life and reluctant everyday heroes,” said Gómez.

Over the course of his performance, Gómez read a variety of poems that touched upon themes ranging from love and violence to how we handle fear and express our emotions.

In his poem titled “Never Again,” He read, “It will never happen again. / It’s only human, right? / Like checks we can’t cash / and children we can’t raise / Words without end.” Gómez continues with the poem by discussing how we too often use the phrase ‘never again’ in relationships to hide how aggression dominates everything males are taught.

Gómez has travelled to over 65 countries and explained that each one has given him a new insight on life and taught him something new.

“In each place I have travelled, I found more things I could relate to that were foreign and I am glad I got the chance to travel to the places I did,” said Gómez.

One of his other works of poetry, titled “Everything,” describes what it feels like to be in love by comparing the feeling of the emotion to other pleasurable activities that and cherished memories. Gómez slams, “You are a bowl of captain crunch cereal / that won’t end and I’m four / in a bright red onsie with a buttflap in the back / it’s a Saturday morning at seven o’clock sharp and transformers is on.” His description of love urges men to reconsider how they handle emotions and express their feelings toward their loved ones.

According to Gómez, his poetry is meant to send a message to listeners that they are powerful and beautiful. In one of his spoken-word poems, Gómez recounts a confrontation he once had after accidentally bumping into another man at a nightclub. Just as they were about to fight, Gómez’s eyes welled up with tears. Everyone at the scene jumped back as if showing vulnerability was the craziest thing that Gómez could possibly have done when he was supposed to be masculine.

Gómez’s new book titled, “Man Up” urges men to break societal rules of male conformity and reconsider what it means to be a male figure.

“My book is a raw and intimate look at my journey, mostly stumbling through the dark of trying to figure out the riddle of manhood.” said Gómez. “Ultimately the book is my attempt at giving all people across the gender spectrum permission to be authentic selves and how we might all be able to dismantle patriarchy together.”

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