You may also visit Nordette's blog, Whose Shoes Are These Anyway? at this link.
Nordette Adams is a published poet and published fiction writer who should start submitting her work for publication again, say friends and colleagues. The poet grew up in New Orleans, moved away at 20, and returned in 2007.
While going through a divorce after being married for more than 22 years, she began channeling her angst and disillusionment through several blogs and by posting her poetry to the Web frequently. One result of her presence online was an experimental spoken word CD with the poet Aberjhani, who is also the co-author of the Encyclopedia of the Harlem Renaissance, and "Rahkyt," a writer and musician. The CD includes her poems "Crecent City Blues in K" and "Time Travel at Newark International Airport."
Over time it became clear that her authentic creative voice was one reflecting concerns about social justice issues, and other artists online noticed her work.
Of Nordette's poem "You Know Why He Beat You," Pushcart Prize nominee Maria Lupinacci said "No lie, you made me jump out of my chair and say out loud 'This is why I love her work!'" And Patricia Gomes, who published Nordette's "Hurricanes of Roosting Birds" in the Adagio Verse Quarterly said of Nordette's earlier poetry, "I hear the voice of Ai (one of my favorite poets) in your work."
Aberjhani has described her work as having a "decidedly literary and sometimes womanist twist." Yet, she also has works that are decidedly spiritual in nature.
Some of her poems have become popular beyond the Internet, quoted in college papers and recited by college students at poetry readings. The poem "Remembering a Life," her tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., has been recited not only by school children and university students at programs but also by ministers and Civil Rights leaders at public events commemorating King. Another of her poems, "Behind the Color Blind," has been recited at rallies against racism, assigned to students for analysis in America, and even has been used on a high school English exit exam in India. Students were asked to compare some of its lines to a poem by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. More recently, creators of the Deepwater Horizontal Digital Collection requested to use her poem "Oil," which she wrote during the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, as one of the artist reflections to launch the website.
Nordette's first poem was published in the New Orleans Times Picayune when she was a preschooler. When she was 18, Delta Sigma Theta used one of her poems, "Doubloons," for its national convention in New Orleans. During that same year, her choral poetry play For Those of Us Sequestered was performed at Loyola University of New Orleans.
Always experimenting, she's created animated gifs for some of her work such as the poem "Misery" posted below.
She also put her short poem "The Green Green Grass" into an animated format.