Words that denounce, rhythms that soothe, and images that dare. Teatime has never been so infused with raw emotion as when twelve good friends of Phi take up the challenge of showing themselves in a new light. How? By reciting their favourite poem, allowing us, at the same time, to discover poetic voices. In the third part of this unique video series produced and created by Phi, Peaches, Pierre Kwenders, and Jessica Brillhart Huxtable explore uncensored the interplay between rhymes and sounds, sharing with us a moment of quiet introspection

Why do you ask me?

Peaches reads Vaginoplasty, by Peaches

If you want something done right, do it yourself? Peaches, a Toronto-based musician and performance artist, has been transforming her thoughts into songs since the 1990s. In the past few decades, she has also lent her powerful voice to some of the biggest names in music, often punk, from Iggy Pop to Pink. Flamboyant, unleashed, with no inhibitions, and allergic to prejudice, Peaches tackles the day’s controversies with aplomb. With Vaginoplasty, a pop song she recites as an inflammatory poem, she glorifies the bounty of the female body while condemning the scourge of the teen obsession with appearances.

Jessica Brillhart reads All Watched Over By Machines Of Loving Grace, by Richard Brautigan

A field of flowers where mammals and computers live together harmoniously in a cybernetic meadow? Like American poet Richard Brautigan, who dreamed of an astonishing future where all would be watched over by "machines of loving grace," virtual reality theorist Jessica Brillhart is among those who fervently desire this coexistence with machines. A cybernetic ecology holds no fears for Jessica, a former filmmaker on the Google VR team who sees all of life in 3D and set the cosmos dancing to the sounds of Beethoven's 5th symphony. An MIT-acclaimed pioneer revealing her most intriguing poem? Irresistible!

where deer stroll peacefully
past computers
as if they were flowers
with spinning blossoms.

Pierre Kwenders reads ESANZO, by Antoine-Roger Bolamba

"Short, familiar poems, simple and elegant" was how his work was characterized when Congolese author Bolamba published his poetry collection Esanzo, Chants pour mon pays in 1955. In an Africa struggling to throw off the colonial yoke, it took courage to give voice to its culture. Pierre Kwenders, who transcends borders with his compositions in five languages, understands this. In 2015, he won ADISQ’s Music Video of the Year for Mardi gras, dubbed the perfect example of "quasi-experimental pop, testing the improbable – what’s never been done before" by Inrocks. The "never-before been done" – like Bolamba, you might say.

ce qu'il nous faut c'est l'étreinte solide
du bois et du feu
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