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“April Tia Glasgow: A Journey Through Poetry, Recognition, and Inspiration”

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April Tia Glasgow stands as a towering figure in Caribbean literature, her poetry weaving the rich tapestry of Caribbean life, culture, and nature into an exquisite narrative that resonates across the globe. Her contributions to Caribbean literature are profound, with her works featured in renowned anthologies such as “VI Callaloo: Poems from the Caribbean (2007),” “The Caribbean Writer: Volume 23 (2009),” and “Where I See the Sun: Contemporary Poetry from the Virgin Islands (2016).” These publications highlight the depth and diversity of Caribbean poetry, with Glasgow's voice leading the chorus of the region's most expressive and impactful poets.

Glasgow's literary prowess has been recognized on the global stage, exemplified by her accolade as the laureate of the UNESCO 2022 World Poetry Day Competition, a testament to her skill in crafting verses that transcend borders and touch the human spirit. Additionally, her talent secured her 3rd place in the KVI Network Creations Poetry Competition, further solidifying her status as a leading voice in contemporary poetry.

Beyond her written works, Glasgow has played a pivotal role in cultivating a vibrant poetry scene in the British Virgin Islands through 'Microphone Messenjahs,' the premier poetry stage in the BVI. This platform, along with poetry slams and open mic events she has orchestrated over two decades, has nurtured a community of poets and poetry lovers, fostering an environment where the spoken word thrives and inspires.

Her influence extends to the spoken word as well, with her participation in the prestigious 2022 TedX Road Town event, where she shared her insights and inspirations, spreading the power of poetry beyond the written page. Her commitment to the craft and community of poetry demonstrates her role not just as a poet but as a beacon of cultural and literary enlightenment in the Caribbean.

For those looking to delve deeper into the world of April Tia Glasgow and her poetic journey, her LinkedIn profile, #theaprilglasgow, offers a gateway to connect, explore her works, and witness the impact of her poetry on Caribbean literature and beyond.

"Renowned Poet April Tia Glasgow Triumphs in UNESCO World Poetry Day and KVI Network Creations Competitions"

Secures 3rd Place in Prestigious Contest

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Illuminate

"And God said, Let there be light: and there was light." Genesis 1:3

I am called to Ocean often
to remember how the Spirit of God
laid atop its big blue-black body before He spoke to the Darkness,
commanded it to divide, then declared the Day.
“To illuminate,” my lover tells me, “is Holy work, and man prospers in its fruits”
I sit inside the Ocean’s big belly and lick the salt from my lips,
and wonder what is considered God’s best work,
and where I can pick the best fruits to be the best wife, and mother and daughter
I tell the waters I must leave this place and never come back until I learn what God was
thinking when He made me.
Faith responds, “Just go towards the light, girl. There’s a big mirror on the wall.”
“Oh,” I whisper to God, smiling because I am one of the good things He made in the
beginning,
“Let there be me.”

©April Tia Glasgow

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Founder of KVI Network Creations, I'm an accomplished author, poet, and theologian, bringing a unique blend of creativity and spirituality to my work. A retired combat veteran, I've dedicated my life to both art and service. Feel free to reach out at 401-388-0016.

One Comment

  1. April Tia Glasgow’s poem “Illuminate” is a profound meditation on creation, identity, and the divine. It invokes the biblical genesis of light to explore personal enlightenment and self-discovery. The reference to Genesis 1:3 serves as a foundational metaphor for the illumination of the self and one’s purpose in the world. Glasgow’s connection to the ocean as a space of contemplation and revelation draws from the imagery of the Spirit of God moving over the waters, symbolizing the potential for creation and transformation present in the depths of the self.

    The poem elegantly bridges the cosmic act of creation with the intimate journey of personal understanding and acceptance. The speaker’s dialogue with the ocean, and through it, with God, underscores a quest for identity and a place within the divine order. This quest is framed as “Holy work,” aligning the search for self with the sacred act of creation itself.

    Glasgow’s imagery of sitting within the “big belly” of the ocean and conversing with faith personifies the natural world as a participant in the speaker’s journey. This interaction highlights the interconnectedness of the individual with the larger universe and the divine.

    The closing lines, where the speaker acknowledges their own creation as one of the “good things” made by God, affirm a sense of self-worth and divine intention. The poem culminates in the realization that moving “towards the light” and seeing oneself in the “big mirror” is an act of recognizing one’s inherent value and beauty as part of God’s creation.

    “Illuminate” is a powerful exploration of faith, self-discovery, and the sacred act of becoming. Through its lyrical beauty and depth, Glasgow invites readers to reflect on their own journey toward understanding their place in the world and the divine plan.

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