#WBW = Write Bloody Wednesday — #2: Everyone loves Buddy…

Another installment in my new weekly series “Write Bloody Wednesday” to highlight the awesome poets whose work I absolutely LOVE. I think the only poet that I appreciate as much as Derrick C Brown has to be this guy: Buddy Wakefield.

From the Write Bloody website:

Buddy Wakefield

Wakefield is the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion featured on NPR, the BBC, HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and most recently signed to Ani DiFranco’s Righteous Babe Records.

So lets go back to that first night I saw Derrick C Brown… That same night another poet I had never heard of hit the stage: Buddy Wakefield. And again… I was BLOWN TOTALLY AWAY. For real. Seriously. There is no way to describe experiencing this man live in a great venue like Paper Heart. watching the video above does NOT even come close. Not at all. And yes, I bought another CD that night.

And if you read my last post, then you know the magic wasn’t over yet. Not by a long shot. I road tripped to Flagstaff, AZ the following night for a Saul Williams show and I got to see this miracle on stage again. It was a nearly magical performance that I wish had some youtube to go along with it to save it for posterity. Oh well… at least I got a picture with him that night!

4/20/2007 at the Orpheum in Flagtaff, AZ with Buddy Wakefield after the Saul Williams show

SIDE NOTE… Remember how I said Derrick Brown made me cry? Well, at that same time I was also listening to Buddy’s CD. Derrick’s CD relaxed me but Buddy’s CD had the opposite effect. When I was suffering in my heart break and I was tired of crying, I popped in Buddy’s CD and was healed of my affliction. Don’t ever forget: POETRY SAVES LIVES!

Picture with Buddy at his show in 2011

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