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MP3 Ritallin - Poet Psychology Vol. I

A collection of spoken word from one of Canada''s best-known and successful stage poets. Rhythmic, insightful and socially conscious words delivered a cappella, the poems on this disc will make you think, cry, scream, reflect and act.

12 MP3 Songs in this album (35:29) !
Related styles: Spoken Word: Poetry, Spoken Word: Educational, A Cappella

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Poet Psychology

On July 25, 2003, Greg Frankson took to the stage for the first time as a spoken word artist. Ritallin the Cerebral Stimulant was introduced to the world at the iconic Golden Star Lounge poetry series by host Anthony “the nth digri” Bansfield. The first poem Ritallin ever performed live was an anti-Bush critique entitled “Circus Without Bread” – and his words were warmly received by an appreciative and supportive Ottawa audience.

Seven years later, the writer, social activist, arts educator, columnist and poetry organizer takes stock in a series of spoken word CDs – Poet Psychology – that chronicle the career to date of A. Gregory Frankson, also known as Ritallin.

Poet Psychology is a three CD concept that showcases Ritallin in the three forums where spoken word artists most frequently operate – in the studio a cappella, live on stage, and with musical accompaniment. Volume I was released in October 2010 and features a cappella versions of many of the poems that put Ritallin on the map as a socially conscious, rhythmic and lyrically proficient performance personality. Volume II, focusing on live recordings from Capital Slam, followed in January 2011. Volume III, featuring poetry with music, is yet to come in late 2011. All of Ritallin’s best known poems, rap-poems and songs will be part of the three-CD collection.

The mindset and opinions of a poet in all its complexity – get a glimpse of Ritallin’s Poet Psychology … now available, with more to come!

About Ritallin

A. Gregory Frankson a.k.a. Ritallin is a spoken word artist, writer, creative services consultant, musician, social activist and arts educator based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Greg is a past National Director and currently the Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors for Spoken Word Canada, organizers of the annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In the local arts community, Greg was the Spoken Word Curator for Westfest for four years and is currently a member of the artists in schools roster for MASC, Ottawa’s non-profit arts education organization. He was the executive producer for several spoken word compilation CD projects and co-founded Capital Slam, the reigning two-time Canadian slam champions and the one of the longest-running poetry slam series in Canada today.

Ritallin self-published a political poetic memoir entitled The Halifax Chronicles in 2006 and has released two poetry chapbooks – Coast Poems in 2008 and Mindfull in 2010. His debut book of poetry Cerebral Stimulation was released by BeWrite Books in 2006, and he was included in an anthology of spoken word poetry by Quattro Books entitled Mic Check in 2008. He released Capital Thoughts, a spoken word EP recording, in 2005, Poet Psychology Vol. I in October 2010 and Poet Psychology Vol. II in January 2011. Ritallin appeared on the track “Can You Feel It?” on the 2007 CD It’s Great to be Fine by Ropeadope Records jazz-ambient band Antizario and the track “Uncomfortable” by Inuit hip-hop and spoken word artist M.O. in 2009. Greg started the poetry/music ensemble Instant Release in fall 2008 and is the group’s lead vocalist and songwriter.

He has participated in major conferences and small gatherings alike in North America and internationally penning poetic reflections on the current state of global mental health systems. He is the Poet Laureate of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership (IIMHL) and was the poet-in-residence at the Into the Light conference in Vancouver, hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada in November 2009. In the same month, Greg launched the Artists’ Alliance for Mental Health, an international initiative building parallel organizations in Canada and the USA to address issues that confront people living with mental health concerns through the transformative power of the arts.

In addition to his artistic achievements, Greg holds the distinction of being the first African-Canadian to serve a term as President of Canada’s oldest undergraduate student government, the Alma Mater Society of Queen’s University, in 1996-97. Since then, he has been a vocal advocate for the on-campus recognition of Robert Sutherland, Canada’s first known university graduate of colour and the first Black lawyer in British North America, and advised a student-led initiative in 2008 to name a building on campus in his honour. In October 2009, Queen’s University officially rededicated its Policy Studies Building as Robert Sutherland Hall.

Through his creative services consultancy Cytopoetics, Greg works with young people in schools and community settings as a presenter and performer, and with businesses and social services organizations as a facilitator, keynote speaker and creative services consultant. Past clients include the Ottawa Police Service, the Ontario Federation of Labour, the Ontario Music Educators’ Association, the Canadian Conference of the Arts, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, the Council of Canadians, the University of Ottawa, Georgetown University, the National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health (U.S.A.), and the IIMHL.


After seven years in spoken word, there are so many people to thank for their generosity, assistance, advice, mentoring and support as I''ve grown as an artist and as a man. First, all thanks and praise to God and the blessings He has bestowed upon me. Thank you goes to all my friends and family, especially to Nathan Bishop & Uptown Underground Studio, Kalkidan Assefa for the cover art, Jessica Ruano for photography, Charlie Bellemare for recording my first project tracks and Elyse Maltin for CD design assistance.

This CD is dedicated to the memory of Lloyd George Pink. Rest in peace, Granddad.

All poetry © A. Gregory Frankson and Cytopoetics, 2010. All rights reserved.
Unauthorized reproduction of this recording is prohibited by law.
Recorded at Uptown Underground Studio, Toronto
Produced by G. Frankson & N. Bishop
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