Poetry paints painful, hopeful picture of race in Columbia (via The State)

In the midst of a stormy social climate, with race, in many ways, the strongest barometric factor, Columbia artists turned to poetry and dance Wednesday to turn issues, ideas and emotions into words and movement.

“They who were there when the rain fell relentless were sure that we won. That we won,” Monifa Lemons Jackson said, performing her poem “The Storm.” “So happens, we are wonderfully and beautifully made survivors.”

“Blank Page Poetry,” a show performed by eight local poets and a dancer at Columbia’s 701 Center for Contemporary Art, blended elements of place, history and current events to convey the influence of race on Columbia and South Carolina, in both their past and present.

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