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Immigrant

What with Britain's decision to leave the EU yesterday, and given the anti-immigration (and immigrant and refugee) sentiment around the world at the moment, I share this poem with the hope of putting a human face and story to the immigration issue. It is easy to label people as 'immigrants' or 'refugees', and in so doing dehumanise them. All the more reason to remember that these 'immigrants' and 'refugees' are people; mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. People who seek a…

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Stories and Cages

We all have personal stories. Stories of struggle, injustice, hurt and heartbreak. Stories that inform our identities and carve our unique characters. But sometimes these stories can splinter into stories of martyrdom. Stories that no longer empower, but rather enslave us. And when that happens, these stories become cages in which we willingly imprison ourselves. Cages that we use to justify (vs change) our behaviour. Cages that we use as excuses to continue in whatever situation that has us in…

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Butterfly (Poetry Reading)

This poem arrived after having a vivid dream earlier in the week. I first called it 'Madre', but after a couple of days of pondering, I have changed it to 'Butterfly', because the 'Madre' is talking to 'Butterfly'. Hope you enjoy xoxoxo   ——- BUTTERFLY ∞ I am the mother Who always loved you ∞ Feathers for arms And tattoos for skin ∞ I was the mother She was the sin ∞ Dreams forsake not While I cradle your fall…

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Mermaid (Poetry Reading)

Listen to me read 'Mermaid'. A poem from my new poetry book, Love Is A Song She Sang From A Cage. Available now: [aio_button align="none" animation="none" color="green" size="small" icon="amazon" text="Download Now" relationship="dofollow" url="http://amzn.to/1T611i7"] [aio_button align="none" animation="none" color="red" size="small" icon="none" text="Buy Direct From Author" relationship="dofollow" url="http://www.biancabowers.com/store-2/"]

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Without You (Poetry Reading)

  Where does love come from? Where does it go? That crackling birth and monotone death Are we nothing more than lithium- batteries with an expiration What if our brains are slaveowners and love was never meant to be imprisoned?   [aio_button align="none" animation="none" color="green" size="small" icon="amazon" text="Buy From Amazon" relationship="dofollow" url="http://www.amazon.com/Love-Song-She-Sang-Cage/dp/0994240449/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1461205266&sr=8-1&keywords=love+is+a+song+she+sang+from+a+cage"]   [aio_button align="none" animation="none" color="red" size="small" icon="none" text="Buy Direct From Author" relationship="dofollow" url="http://www.biancabowers.com/store-2/"] If you’re interested in getting a signed copy, please shoot me an email here: contact@biancabowers.com ABOUT THE…

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Artistic Integrity in a Digital World

  Good day all, I have written and published a new poetry book! It wasn't planned, just kinda happened. I wrote 2 poems a week apart in March, and then wrote an entire book over a 12 hour period. Cray cray, I know. But oh so good! It's called, Love Is A Song She Sang From A Cage, and, as the title suggests, it is a book of passionate love poems, that ultimately poses the following question: Where does love come from? Where…

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#Effyourbeautystandards Part 1

https://youtu.be/xmofkcRnOsw THIS lovely bit of contortion is my party trick, ladies and gents. And it's prompted me to consider that word contort, and how it relates to our body images and the beauty standards that society has instilled in us. contort |kənˈtɔːt| verb: twist or bend out of the normal shape AS you know, I have spent the past 18 months on my own fitness and weight loss journey, and when I recently reached my goal weight, I felt fantastic and exhilarated! But I also felt…

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