Colombian-born poet, award-winning author and photographer, leader, community organizer, avid reader and ‘good old soul’ Mauricio “Mau” Correa at Collective Coffee + Tea at 110 Central Avenue Featured in Wednesday Night Poetry.
A regular open mic session for all poets, musicians and storytellers begins today at 6:30pm. Correa kicks off her feature set at 7:15pm, followed by another open mic. Admission is free and open to all ages. A mask is recommended. Everyone is welcome.
Born May 29, 1995 in Montería, Colombia, a farming town, Correa’s family immigrated to the United States in the early 2000s. “I’ve been here ever since. I’ve lived all over Florida. It’s a crazy beautiful state. I moved from Florida to Arkansas two years ago. I’ve been homesick since then.” , hated the house and probably won’t be back,” he said in a news release. Correa currently lives in Little Rock and plans to move to Chicago to “start a new chapter in his creative life.”
While Correa grew up creating art and community in South Florida, she was the director of the South Florida arts collective House of DRUMS (an acronym for Dancers Raw Underground Music Session), and the literary magazine Panku was founded by Broward College. A semi-annual, student-funded literary and artistic publication. At Broward College, Correa earned an associate’s degree in English and a BA in Psychology, with a minor in Cognitive Science. “He stopped doing his master’s degree because he didn’t have the space,” he said.
“I have a lot of hobbies. My dream is to have the time and income to be able to devote my attention to them all. Esports (This is playing video games for prizes. I’m in the middle stages of learning how to play chess. I like to longboard until my knees hurt. I read a lot of books.Random Different fields and subfields, cultures and subcultures. I have a small collection of vinyl albums that are meaningful to me, and I live for great speakers and great music. I love wine. “For a living, I work as a librarian. I’m an assistant in the Arkansas Central Library System. It’s the best job I’ve ever had,” Correa said.
“My first memory of writing is when a toddler walked up and down to his cubby and saw his name handwritten by his mother, trying to learn how to spell it. I wanted to show that I knew how to spell names.The next time I remembered writing was in eighth grade.I wrote half a series of poems just to complete as a school assignment. and throwaway plays, one in person and one in front of the class, to praise and encourage me to keep writing. writes long, happy, unstructured love poems for her lover. I’m just trying to do it.If I feel like it, I’ll do it.If I want to do it, but I don’t feel like it.
When asked about his poetry, Correa said:
Correa says, “I write about what I’ve learned and experienced. I write from my emotions and my instincts. I don’t listen to my thoughts and my heart very much, but instead I listen to my body, it. I listen to how it feels and what it wants.” I follow my instincts above all else. My motto is “No Think, Just Do.” I write about love, sex, ancestry, nature, memory and melancholy. I am from evolutionary biology to South American colonialism. There are so many. ”
“My influences in poetry are: Neruda, Pessoa, Byron, Bukowski, EE Cummings, Angelou, O’Hara, Sappho; Diaz, Paul Shepard In music, Thievery Corporation, Nirvana, Julie Byrne, Bon Iver, Carlos Vives, Chronixx and the list continues.
“Since my childhood, I have had a strong mix of Caribbean, South American, European and Asian influences. is a poet who was raised by dancers. I learned about art, connection and communication from dancers. The way dancers merge with their emotions is amazing and the way they move their bodies is so free and free from thought. Very passionate. I don’t know how to describe it, but when I write I emulate the feeling and instincts of a dancer. I listen to my body and my instincts. I have a strong objection to neatness, tradition and authority, clean and barren, erudite and soulless. It is the wild color of the spirit of man on earth.
“And I can’t bear to live miserably to write well. That style must be dead. Words on the page aren’t worth losing your life. Ten years of miserable and depressing existence.” Writing ideological poetry is not healthy.Plus, don’t be Bukowski, don’t be Wolfe, don’t be Hemingway, go to therapy! So many of my artistic idols have lived horrible lives, struggled with addictions, treated others poorly, committed suicide. as well as the craft of
“I have a desire to imitate David Bowie and constantly reinvent myself. It seeps a little into my writing.I’d like to meet that inner belief and create a new me every few years. It’s a pure expression of,” continued Correa.
“I am honored to be on Wednesday Night Poetry, a place of artistry and goofiness, rigor and laughter, wine and friends, love and chi.My friends Tracy and Emily introduced me to Emily pulled me into a disjointed group of poets and Tracy challenged me at all our meetings with new exercises.
“I don’t think I’ve ever met a young man like Mau,” WNP host Kai Kogin said in a release. It symbolizes deep complexity.Every time he reads into the microphone I am in awe and compare him to the masters of voice that permeate his poetry.Just last week, the spirit of Neruda Infused from the Spanish/English poem Azul/Blue in . Mau is a silent observer of life and the world’s movements around his open mind. He sees reflections and imbues himself a true artist. Digging deeper into him, I examine his previous creative expressions (his edits on House of DRUMS and Panku) and explore beauty and inclusivity, community and spirit, resilience and purity. To say I’m amazed by the level of art is an understatement.I’m sad to see Mauricio leave Arkansas for Chicago, but I know he’s destined for great things. .
This week marks the 1,753th consecutive Wednesday open mic poetry in downtown Hot Springs since February 1, 1989. e-mail [email protected] for more information.