like a change is gonna come like finding my identity in treasure chests and stitching the pieces together on my back so the world will know who I am like writing the poems that will save the world like putting the world on a spin cycle to wash out all the bad places, and leaving love in the pockets of children with big minds like tying balloons onto the chins of black boys like deliverance will come in white people with micro braids like every poet that writes a poem about their dad like my life is the equivalent of building a bookshelf with not enough screws and directions that are just pictures like letting my scars testify rolling my shoulders back telling my mother I love her putting coconut oil in my hair like loving ourselves centering ourselves in the conversation like realizing that some things are not for us like writing poems
Jay Délise is a US/UK based poet and performer creating in the combined world of theatre, poetry, and storytelling. A native of the Jersey Shore, Jay is a poet who has received national recognition for her writing. As a Scholastic Art and Writing Awards National Gold Key recipient, Jay has performed at locations including The United Nations, The Schomburg Center, Pulitzer Center, and Carnegie Hall. Her work has been highlighted around the world and in publications including Afropunk, Broadway World, Vagabond City, Glass Poetry Press, and Huffington Post. Her solo spoken word show Black, And… premiered at the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival in July 2019 and was nominated for both ‘Best Newcomer’ and ‘Best Spoken Word’ at the Manchester Fringe Awards. Jay is a poet and a teaching artist, but more importantly, she is black and magic.