Published On: Wed, Sep 5th, 2018

Capicu Conversations: Rebel Poet

40018684_231227037569968_6106098135061233664_nAs we enter our 12th season of Capicu Cultural Showcase we are enduring as a community one of the most difficult times since the Civil Rights Movement. Since Hurricanes Irma & Maria hit Puerto Rico the Diaspora has risen to the challenge of lending a hand to our people impacted by the storm from the mainland.

This September 7th, Capicu Culture partners once again with Why Not Care to address the needs of the families displaced by the storms.

Capicu Co-Founder Juan Papo Santiago wants to introduce you to Rebel Poet, before he gets on stage.

Buen Provecho…

George Torres.


Rebel Poet is a writer, Nuyorican poet, activist, musician, and composer, who was born in Caguas, Puerto Rico and partly raised in Long Island, NY. He is a Capicu (School Of Poetic Arts), A.K.A “La Sopa”- 2015 & 2016 alumni.

 And true showman at heart, Whose love for the Arts spills onto the stage And the page as his rage honors his ancestors.

Papo: In this day and age, many poets are now going by their given names instead of their chosen names. 
What is the significance of being called Rebel Poet?
Rebel: Rebel Poet, is a moniker that I chose and that chose me! Come to find out The original Rebel Poet, was (Kazi Nazrul Islam) a 1900th century Bangladeshi, Musician, Poet and Revolutionary. Who was given the title: “Rebel Poet” for his activism, by his people. I was born in Puerto Rico, a modern day colony belonging to the United States of America. Coming from such a precarious political environment, to me a Rebel Poet is more necessary now than ever and, I would like to think of myself and other Rebels as a continuation of Kazi’s energy. So therefore the name is interchangeable.
Papo:  We’re always interested in the diaspora experiences. As a Boricua in Connecticut doing cultural work, what similarities, differences, or bridges do you see with the New York poetry scene? 
Rebel: Great question! In Connecticut you have; Bridgeport, Waterbury, New Haven and Hartford, from what I know! Hosting regular Poetry events. In N.Y, every borough has frequent poetry event. Connecticut has Dope poets and people do support, especially other poets. But there is a good amount of people here that have not been exposed to Poetry or don’t have a genuine love for it. In the schools, from what my kids tell me, they don’t teach children poetry from a modern or Spoken Word aspect. As a Boricua Poet living in Connecticut, I am one of a few but I always carry my people with me, and I love CT! For watching me grow and supporting me. And they love me! What would be great to see is some; initiatives, collectives or collaborations  by CT and NY poets.
Papo: At what moment in time did you know that you would title your collection, “Back Pocket Psalms”, and why?
Rebel: I think I always knew! I was born with the ability to effectively put my thoughts, ideas or emotions on paper. When I was in Elementary School I told my Mom I wanted to be a Preacher. When I got to High School I rebelled against organized religion and embarked on a spiritual journey. As a writer I write on anything I can find at the time ideas come to mind, so I always have an unfinished Poem in my back pocket. Mario Ponce pagan said “I recite poetry as if I am praying”. I had been writing Psalms already for some reason, But when I picked up the book; Lord, Is This a Psalm? by Jack Agueros. I knew for sure I was, “Back Pocket Psalms”!

Join us on Friday September 7th for the Peoples Open Mic, featuring

★ Tina Marie Dominguez and ★ Rebel Poet

and of course, a jam session with DJ Cocotaso!

Art Raffle with a donated piece by ★Albert TainoImage Areizaga!

Proceeds to WHY NOT CARE‘s Puerto Rico Initiative 🇵🇷️ for displaced families…

18 & Over, $10 Donation, at Geraldine’s Williamsburg on the Planet of Brooklyn.

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Capicu Conversations: Rebel Poet