Prayer Flag Poems are "old world" cinquain poems. Not because "old world" is a bad thing. As Aldous Huxley suggests, the "new world" isn't that good, or new, or brave. I say "old world" from a place of reverence for cultures that have inhabited lands for far longer than America has been called America. I say "old world" from a place of respect for the age of our planet, and the enduring peoples who have lived in a sustained harmony with our old world for thousands of years even as emergent paradigms have threatened the survival of our planet in the past few hundred years. I say "old world" because, unlike contemporary definitions, the term, cinquain, originally referred to any five line poem.
About the Author
As the inaugural Poet Laureate of Albuquerque, NM (2012-2014), Hakim Bellamy is a national and regional Poetry Slam Champion, and holds three consecutive collegiate poetry slam titles at the University of New Mexico. His poetry has been published in on the Albuquerque Convention Center, on the outside of a library, in inner-city buses and in numerous anthologies across the globe. Bellamy was recognized as an honorable mention for the University of New Mexico Paul Bartlett Re Peace Prize for his work as a community organizer and journalist in 2007, and was awarded the Emerging Creative Bravos Award by Creative Albuquerque in 2013. This year Bellamy was named a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Fellow and was awarded the Food Justice Residency at Santa Fe Art Institute. He facilitates youth writing workshops for schools, jails, churches, prisons and community organizations in New Mexico and beyond. In 2014, his first book Swear was awarded the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing fromthe Working Class Studies Association. Shortly after the release of Swear, Hakim was conferred his Masters Degree in Communications at the University of New Mexico. Currently completing multidisciplinary arts projects from his travels to Turkey and Nepal last summer, Bellamy has had his work featured on AlterNet, Truthout, CounterPunch and the nationally syndicated Tavis Smiley Radio Show. Since 2013 he has been the host New Mexico PBS's COLORES! program. He is the proud father of a 7 year-old miracle and is the founding president of Beyond Poetry LLC."