Ushiku Crisafulli is a chef, poet, playwright, actor, performance artist, comedian, musician & founder of the OpenMind Collective. He also runs the various UK Bards projects on behalf of Local Gems Poetry Press & is an ACE DYCP recipient.
Remembering the Riots
11th August 2011 is a day I will never forget. It started as any would at that time in my life. I woke from a depressive daze in the latter portions of the morning just before afternoon arrived. I met up with JD, and while our friendship did not stand the test of time this memory certainly does. We met at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, and soon made our way on foot through Deansgate to the Great Northern Warehouse. Back then the Odeon was an AMC, a strange American hangover of a large conglomerate in what was a mostly abandoned post-industrial wasteland. Hipsters hadn’t quite had their way with Manchester back then.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Though visiting Italy for the first time was amongst my brightest memories, I remember the Dark Rome tours. I thought it an odd name for a company that shed so much light on the past and created memories in the present that oftentimes survived the test of time. I was there to meet the rest of my paternal biological family, having met my dad’s sister Tatiana the previous year in England whilst she was visiting a friend that at the time was suffering from cancer, and has thankfully recovered and retired to France.
A Taste of Self-love
For most of my early and mid-20s I was often either in really good shape or really bad shape. I would fluctuate often between extreme discipline and extreme decadence.
Just Another Manc Melody
I am rap’s revolution, I am rap’s NXT, not even Sammartino times graps quite like me. Cos I’m that Manc that’s mad cocky like Antonio Inoki,
What Goodness Means to Me
She’s always had the biggest heart. Starts her days as wilful as dawn and her light shines just as brightly. Caring isn’t just her vocation,
I took both pills now I’m stuck in the Matrix, Aware of this reality yet struggling to shake it. Can’t fake it - feels too real,
22nd December 2018, 11:46am. A pair of American Eagles symbols of freedom find themselves caged. What stoic sounds