For the last poem in our series, you will write a poem inspired by any aspect of Romani culture that you wish. For this, you need to do some research. Pick an aspect of Romani culture that you’re curious about, like rituals, human rights, language, music, dance, history, beliefs, taboos, idioms, celebrations, Romani icons, spirituality, famous Roma, folklore, folk medicine, cuisine, fashion, etc… whatever you fancy. Some good places to start are ROMBASE , Patrin, RADOC, The Gypsy Chronicles, and the Romedia Foundation. Also, your coursebooks We are the Romani people and Roads of the Roma will be helpful too. Then, write 300 words or more about the topic you chose, citing your (trustworthy) source, and explain what you want to achieve in your poem.
Here are some more specific examples for inspiration
an article on Hungarian Romani music on ROMBASE
Esma Redzepova, one of the most famous Romani singers in Europe, singing Dzelem Dzelem, the Romani anthem, written to commemorate those who died in the Holocaust (O Porrajmos), and for International Roma Day, celebrated April 8th.
Balkanarama— a short list of Romani singers and musicians
The Avalon Jazz band, Gypsy-style Parisian jazz
Bireli Lagrene, The Gipsy Project, “Minor Swing”
The Gypsy Kings, “Djobi Djoba”
Papusza, the mother of Romani poetry
Matéo Maximoff, Romani writer
Katarzyna Pollok, Romani artist
We are the Romani people has a good list of famous Roma
Romani (“Gypsy”) Religion by Dr. Ian Hancock
Interview with Erika Varga of Romani Design
And on and on….