I first saw Tchise read her mind-altering poetry at the World Stage Ananci Writer’s Workshop in Leimert Park back when I was in college. All I can say is that her poems were like spells that made you feel different while you listen to her. She made the hair stand up on your arms and your heart beat pick up speed with her words and her presence – it’s weird but, yeah, that happened to me more than once. In this clip, she reads a poem that actually was the proposal used by a poet friend of hers (and mine) to his novelist lady-love. Anyway, I was there that night at the Stage. The whole thing was off the chain, as they say. There was no way his woman could have said, no, not that night when there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. We were all infused with spirit and were somehow healed. It was deep.