Carlos Gomez- Marquez - Purpose in the Pause
New York native, Carlos Gomez-Marquez took an abrupt shift from being a performing poet to becoming a poet poet.
Living in New York City as a teenage Slam Poet is as riveting as living in Disneyland as a young child. Carlos ran around the city performing his poems for all of the city to see. However, as he got older, he began focusing on the words he was writing, rather than the performance he would be putting on. He said, “Everybody hates who they were in High School. I started distancing myself from that. I’m not performing my poems but rather, it’s letting the poem perform itself”.
Carlos attributes a lot of this shift to going away to college and not having the New York City stage at his fingertips. It was here that he began focusing on the way his words would sound if anyone picked up his piece and started reading it.
Today, Carlos spends about ten months of his year teaching first graders: “I teach, um, you know, just life – Life and how to read”. Over the summers, Carlos works at a Non-Profit called, SingleStopUSA, an initiative to help end poverty in New York City, and ideally, around the world.
This may seem like triangle of random things Carlos likes to do, but his poetry, teaching first graders and not for profit work have a common thread, subtly stringing them all together. For Carlos, there is meaning in line control. There is a purpose in where a line ends and where it picks back up again. Taking a look at Carlos’ life, he stopped performing his poetry, he started teaching others how to read and write, and he began giving back to the world. Now that he has focused on the unaffected raw effect of his poems, he can pick right back up again, with purpose in the pause.
While he won’t be performing any theatrical poetry, we will get the opportunity to listen to his process, through the words of his poetry.