April ANZAC weekend SpeedPoets

This Saturday 2pm in Brisbane, The Hideaway will again host SpeedPoets for more Open mic poetry, local and interstate feature artists Matt Hetherington, Chloë Callistemon and Simon Kindt, music from Clinton Toghill and Mr Ocean, and Free SpeedPoet Zines.

Of course there’s CallBack poet for the month (so pack an extra poem in yer pocket in case you’re called up) to join Feb and March winners, Andrew McGowan and Savanu in the November final.

Here’s some more on our feature artists:

Matt Hetherington has just moved to Brisbane, and is loving it like icecream. He writes and reads, and also chases dj work and the odd dog.

The Sexiest Look is Up 

from a book’s hidden
title, from a stranger
in a bookshop you can’t
afford, and she’s in some section
like ‘cooking’ or ‘law’
that you never go in
and you’re both not wearing black
all over, and someone’s drinking coffee
somewhere else where you heard a laugh come from
and you figure you may as well ask
if they have any anais nin
just quietly enough
and one of you looks
just a little bit too long
ok, it’s you

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN ‘PASH CAPSULE’

Some need no introductions. We like her lots. She’ll be there somehow.

North West

Perched high on the road, I
rumble through the desert.

The world is dusted
the colour of apricots.

A cow lies, legs in the air —
gas-fat, skin dried, drum-tight.

Once-orange work vests
flash sunburnt white.

In the silence post-4WD,
lizards rattle pebbles.

Sun soaks my camp, stains
a pool of sky.

Stars brand the night, hiss
through sweated dreams.

Dingo howls circle, noose
sound and reason.

Today’s sun rises through rotors,
beams slicing ridge tops.

Mudflat dragon-tails snake
away from twisting rivers.

Climb sandstone to reach
blood-red paintings.

Scratched and tanned. These rocks
feel like home.

Simon Kindt

Simon’s work explores the sublime and the ordinary in the colliding territories of landscape, the body, and the whole human mess. He has an open, gentle performance style, a generous grasp of human emotion, and a willingness to carefully peel back the seemingly ordinary to reveal what lies underneath.

When I am a landscape I will say

what clear lakes you have kissed into me,
what sweet water your fingers have poured in,

what birds I see circling in your mouth,
what elegant feathers unfold across your arms,

what light this is that dances over bones,
that moves through skin grown thin through winter,

when these lakes reach up to break ice open
and all your swans come thudding home.

Saturday 26th April  - 2pm

The Hideaway
188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

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matt hetherington

chloë callistemon & simon kindt

prizes – free zines

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Savanu wins callback March

He approaches the mic with swagger
to rip his words up on stage
every SpeedPoets. Delivers

with a voice only Sav can
and last month Sav

won callback poet of the month

with a poem which had God wearing skin

and the SpeedPoets crowd went upside down
Sav swaggered back to the mic
to deliver another

 

and that’s why I can’t wait to hear what he brings to the final in November

gonna be epic

 

This Saturday April 26th is the next SpeedPoets
with more Open Mic, Feature poets, Music, Zines, and give aways.

Keep watching this space for more about that in the next day or two.

Please note: there is no photo of Savanu because he is a man of mystery and mayhem

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haiku tastes like chicken?

Open mic poetry – Trish Reid – Bill Moran - Music – Zines – Prizes

Bring a poem, bring your words, bring a loud clapping noise, bring a quiet haiku moment, bring your Saturday afternoon. It’s SpeedPoets at the Hideaway on Saturday the 29th – 2pm. It’s Open mic poetry at its scorching finest. It’s Good Ghost Bill (Southern Fried Haiku 2013 Champion) and local poetess Trish Reid, music from Clinton Toghill and Mr Ocean, Zines and giveaways all packaged in the comfortable ale or coffee atmosphere of the Hideaway.

The Speedpoets crew love meeting new performers and hearing new voices. Come and say g’day, sign your name on the open mic list and let your words ring out. Really hope to see you there. Here’s some more about Good Ghost Bill and Trish.

 

Bill Moran

Good Ghost Bill

(Good Ghost) Bill Moran was a proud member of the 2011-2013 Austin Poetry Slam national teams, as well as the 2012 & 2013 Austin Poetry Slam Champion and 2013 Southern Fried Haiku Champion. He has has co-directed the Texas Grand Slam two years running, featured at venues and taught workshops nationwide, conducted long-term poetry programs at a local juvenile justice center, as well as released four books and a CD. He is currently the president of Mic Check, a non-profit poetry and spoken word organization based in Brazos County, Texas. He loves it with all his heart. Also, he is convinced he has the Gulf inside him. He appreciates your concern and well-wishes, but swears he is OK. Really.

Trish Reid

Trish Reid

have been writing poetry much of my life   only started to take it seriously a couple of years ago ; reading more poetry reading poetics taking courses developing editing skills  sometimes wish i hadn’t left it so late (i turn 70 this year) then remind myself there is nowhere to get to but here

Saturday 29th March  - 2pm

The Hideaway
188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

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February Call back poet – Andrew McGowan and SpeedpoetZine submissions open

Speedpoets crackled at its best for the first event in 2014. Great open mic poetry; varied in voice and style, a bunch of folk letting their words out for the first time on stage (always great to experience), and regular open mic’er for the past four years, Andrew McGowan was called back to win a spot in the November final.

JdUb ignored all poet warnings to ‘leave the moon alone’ and helped us see and hear her mystery in new ways.

Also, if you missed Cathoel Jorss (or even if you didn’t and want to relive her delivery of some really stunning poetry) then here ’tis:

And here is Andrew McGowan’s poem which won him February Call Back Poet

The Floodplains

I climb through the ruin
of plant, tree and besotted weed.

Under slumped streetlamps perched upon
the languid mouth of the land,
I wandered in fugue.

Collapsed houses are crushed statues
of promise sunk across the floodplains

Clay paved with the callous
impressionism of the heel

I conquer the valley in silence
in the wet chapels of soil.

Raw flesh of clay traces my passage across
harsh ridges; the valley’s honeycombed lung.

Pink smashed into grey under sycamores,
Bramble reclaims the shattered fences.

Crows suffer in their darkness
Magpies vanish from the trees
And life looks like it will soon end
Then it begins.

Andrew McGowan is a Brisbane based poet. Born in Canada in 1988, he migrated with his family to Australia in 2002, he is currently studying a Bachelor of Arts with an extended major in Writing and a minor in Russian at the University of Queensland. His words are largely inspired by the elemental and romantic, tenebrous and abstract, scientific and metaphysical. His work has been published in Speedpoets.

 

 

Also, Speedpoets Zine is looking for submissions. Send up to two poems (in the body of an email) to speedpoetszine@gmail(dot)com

Hope to see you at the next Speedpoets on the 29th March at The Hideaway 2pm. There’ll be more about that event up on the blog soon.

A.

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Speedpoets 2014 – Open mic – Cathoel Jorss – JdUb – Saturday 22nd Feb

Speedpoets is back again for 2014 on the last Saturday of the month.  There’ll be Open mic poetry, feature artists Cathoel Jorss and JdUb, music from Clinton Toghill and Mr Ocean, zines and giveaways all packaged in the comfortable ale or coffee atmosphere of the Hideaway.

Bring a poem, bring your voice, bring yourself perhaps, bring a friend, bring your left ear. The Speedpoets crew love meeting new performers and hearing new voices. Really hope to see you there.

And speaking of new voices (for me), I just heard Cathoel perform recently and can’t wait to hear more.

Cathoel Jorss is a born poet, her work is original and full of hope, her lines ring with urgency and music.
Robert Adamson

Cathoel’s first publication was poetry: Going for the Eggs in the Middle of the Night. This collection sold out its first edition of 1000 and is now in reprint. Kerry Leves reviewing for Overland wrote, “The total impression is of a first-rate artist at work.”

A second collection of poetry titled Comb the Sky With Satellites, It’s Still a Wildernesswill be released in early 2014.

find more here: cathoeljorss.com

JdUb

JdUb

was one of the call back finalists in 2013 but couldn’t fit the moon through the front doors. Well now he’s back in a new phase (oh man that’s a bad joke) and apparently has some strategy to throw the moon at us without breaking any metaphors.

Moons of the Solar System by JdUb

Moons of the Solar System by JdUb

When challenged to write something new about the moon, JdUb created a rhapsody of poems of various styles. This rhapsody includes poems from his Apollo series (Apollo Elevensies) and visual poems  such as Moons of the Solar System.

Saturday 22nd February  - 2pm

The Hideaway
188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Open mic – Cathoel Jorss – JdUb – prizes – zines

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can a bird be left winged – SpeedPoets 2013 Champion Chloë Callistemon

What an afternoon of performance poetry. New comers hitting up the open mic section (along with long time regulars), Eleanor Jackson delivered a love set in which she discovered half way through that she won’t get married, and the callback finalists were red hot with a variety of stunning performances.

Chloë Callistemon took out the title as champion (earning her a published Chapbook and prize money) and Jonathan Hadwin runners up (prize money and much hooting and hollering).

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Chloë Callistemon – 2013 SpeedPoets champion

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Jonathan Hadwin

Sitting back with a Hideaway ale to enjoy longer sets of work from all these fantastic Brisbane poets was a treat. The other finalists were Shanti, Kevin Smith, Chris Lynch, Tony Mutton and Simon Kindt. Keep an ear out for each of them in the future.

Thanks to everyone who turned out, all the poets, musicians, Trudie’s marvellous work as mc, beer schooners, tea towels and lighting rig setters (Jimmy). You all made it a ripper of a final. Cheers.

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Always great to have first timers to the open mic at SpeedPoets.

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Chris Lynch

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Feature and reluctant judge (yet with such style) Eleanor Jackson

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Shanti

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Kevin Smith

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Simon Kindt

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Tony Mutton

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Mr Ocean and Tams

SpeedPoets will be back in February 2014 to keep open mic poetry fast and loose in Brisbane. Don’t forget also to check out POW at the Little Prince Cafe, Ruckas Slam (also at the Hideaway), David Stavanger – Reader in Resident at the Brisbane Square Library to name just a few events to keep your poetic ears licked here in Brisbane.

Enjoy.

A.

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by | December 1, 2013 · 9:45 pm

Simon says go

 to The Hideaway on Saturday afternoon.

Ok that was lame.
But you should. Because… you know it

will be better than full contact kindergarden games!

It’s been a long week and the quality of these posts are turning green. Maybe they started green. Here are some more things that Simon says:
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Simon Kindt
I know Andrew doesn’t believe me on this but … I started writing at the end of last year after spending a long time pursuing dumb stuff that don’t mean a thing… you know… like a career…and since then I’ve flung myself into the Brisbane spoken word scene, made myself a blog http://simonkindt.wordpress.com and started work on a few projects that will hopefully start to fruit next year. I’ve performed at a few open mics and slams as well as at the Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival with Betsy Turcot and at Poets Dressed as Men run by Scott Wings this year.
When did you first come to SpeedPoets?
No long teeth here… Turned up unannounced this year (April I think) after hearing about it through a few other open mics and slams and thought it was worth a go. What I found was a genuinely supportive community of writers and an event that I now understand is one of the pillars holding up the spoken word scene in Brisbane.

What keeps you coming back?

I think Speedpoets occupies a very important niche in Brisbane. It has an openness that is really important to encouraging first timers and balancing that is a subtle but certainly present sense that when you step up to the mic, you better have something worth saying. That sense is really important to encouraging me as a writer to keep lifting my game. Or at least that’s how I feel about it. It’s that balance that keeps me coming back.

What’s one of your favourite poems and why?

At the moment, it’s a piece that one of my students wrote and performed at a slam we ran at my school this year (I’m a teacher by the way). It was about the strength and beauty that she finds in the women of her family and has some goosebump beautiful moments that she delivers perfectly. No angst either. She went on to perform the piece at Scott Wings’ Metamorphosis as a support artist and she nailed it. When she drops it at Speedpoets next year she’ll break every heart in the room and then sew them all back together in 2 minutes flat.

Saturday 30th November Final – 2pm

The Hideaway
188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Open mic – Callback Finalists – Eleanor Jackson – Prizes – Zines

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unsentimental affections

One of the great things about this SpeedPoets final on Saturday is being able to watch some local poets perform a longer set of their work. As you know, Speedpoets is an open mic event, allowing everyone 2 mins to wave their verse in our ears. So I look forward to watching Chris Lynch perform a longer set of his work on Saturday. Will he mix it up with haiku? I know he’s partial to tanka. You’re in for a treat if you make it to the Hideaway on Saturday afternoon. Details below. Here’s some more on Chris mentioning another SpeedPoets regular and Brisbane poet JK:

When did you first come to SpeedPoets?

October 2009. 

What keeps you coming back?

 An evolving community of poets. 

What’s one of your favourite poems and why?

John Koenig’s Out Here. I love so many things about this poem, from the honest, unsentimental affection for a recognisable Australian landscape, to the repeated shift of the refrain “out here” from the beginning to the end of the line, and the way it gains power as the poem moves through a series of distinct stanzas that each play with opposites and repetition. The poem darkens and grows more distant and impersonal (e.g. “my father” to “his father”, “mirror-topped dams” to “a hundred million stars”), but the refrain keeps us with the speaker until the final line, which is suddenly intimate and gentle, as if an enormous space is close. I like how the last line also breaks the expected pattern of ending on the refrain, adding to the feeling of space. It’s a great poem, and one I can’t come back to without hearing JK’s distinctive voice.

Chris Lynch is a Brisbane-based writer and teacher. His poetry has appeared in SpeedPoetsBlackmail Press, page seventeen, Islet, Brisbane New Voices II, the Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman Poetry Prize 2013 anthologyand Star*Line, among others. He blogs occasionally at www.chrislynch.com.au.

Saturday 30th November Final – 2pm

The Hideaway
188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Open mic – Callback Finalists – Eleanor Jackson – Prizes – Zines

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like the hard of a calloused palm

I reckon I watched Tony Mutton give up on poetry five times last year. I watched him unable to give it up. He kept pushing. He had a few nudges from some supportive Brisbane poets too and now look at the guy! (Well… maybe not the image to the right, but check out what he’s been up to recently). Brisbane is stoked to have a bloke like Tony performing and organising poetry events. Oh… and he’s performing at The Hideaway on Saturday for the SpeedPoets Final (details below).

 

Blogging at Darkarsean, Tony’s work is muscular and clear, sometimes even a bit hard, but it’s more like the hard of a calloused palm than anything more sinister.

Writing for over four years now, Tony has been an active presence in Brisbane’s grassroots poetry community, reading at venues such as Speed Poets, Jam Jar Poetry Slam, the Woodford Poetry Breakfast and Kurilpa Poets. He was a “words of honour” feature at the Words or Whatever Women’s Showcase in 2012 and received an encouragement award at the Urban Country Music Festival Bush Poetry Comp. His work has been published in Plum Tree Books – Poetry Anthologies including: Song of Sahel, The Butterfly Effect and All the Lonely People.   Tony performed as part of the spoken work program at the Brisbane Emerging Art Festival and was the winner of the 2013 Queensland Poetry Festival Slam and the recipient of The Spirit of Slam Award for 2013.

As organiser of the Poetry Open Words – POW event, Tony has focused on supporting other new writers and showcasing “dead poets” with a connection to Queensland.

When did you first come to SpeedPoets?

I first came along to see Speed Poets when they were still at Inspire Gallery and Bar in West End over three years ago.   It took about another 6 – 8 months before I actually joined in and did a reading.

What keeps you coming back?

I too like the people – it is a very supporting environment and the event has enabled me to meet and engage with people that have helped me improve my writing.

What’s one of your favourite poems and why?

Favourite poem – very difficult – so many.   Sea Peach by Catherine Kidd comes to mind.

 

Saturday 30th November Final – 2pm

The Hideaway
188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Open mic – Callback Finalists – Eleanor Jackson – Prizes – Zines

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snoopy warner’s white fleshed peaches and hunting booshank’s chooks


I’ve only met Kevin a handful of times at SpeedPoets but I remember very well the piece he performed in August to win a spot in this Saturday’s final. Here’s a link to a great read: ‘Watercourses’ by Kevin Smith.   Check out Kevin’s bio below and details for Saturday.

kevin smith:

… grew up in hardy’s mill in the southern highlands of nsw amongst a litter of mongrel kids and hard-working parents and hard men and families struggling flogged snoopy warner’s white fleshed peaches and hunted booshank’s chooks with home-made bows and arrows in high school played every sport going then studied shakespeare and the language tripped something off in my head and i wanted to be a writer then and tried studying journalism instead and that didn’t work but i discovered theatre and did plays and taught in high school and uni all the while trying to write poetry in the cracks of time life afforded and now trying to do it more seriously …

… my first play got professionally produced by goat track theatre in august and had a poem published in florida and one in york, a couple in manchester, some mentions elsewhere, western australia, county cork ireland, london, strathfield Sydney, nowra …

When did you first come to SpeedPoets?

I first came to SpeedPoets at the start of last year.

What keeps you coming back?

The thing that keeps me coming back? It’s such a well-run gig, the standard of poetry is high, and it’s a great chance to commune with other poets and hear their work and what they’re up to (poetry-wise). I’ve mostly written in isolation; this is a nice change.

What’s one of your favourite poems and why?

Favourite poem? You mean any poem? Ok. Umm. At the moment, that’d be ‘Wingecarribee Eclogues’ by Mark Tredinnick.

Why? Because, when you read this thing, it’s apparent that humans and landscape are not separate, no matter which human, which landscape. The physical world shapes us in ways we can’t imagine. Landscape imagines us as much as we imagine it, and in the end we define and refine one another’s psychology. And there’s stuff about the relationship that eludes me, probably always will, and I’m happy about that.

Saturday 30th November Final – 2pm

The Hideaway
188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Open mic – Callback Finalists – Eleanor Jackson – Prizes – Zines

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Now let’s go back to the beginning shall we

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when Graham Nunn and a few others took over the upstairs at Belushi’s in early 2000 to start an open mic poetry event here in Brisbane.
This is an excerpt from the story of SpeedPoets early days in A Bit Of History.
That night it was agreed that we would put on a live event that combined the best elements of the live music scene and poetry scene, an event that was inclusive, an event that created the sense of community we all craved, a community where all poets were welcome and encouraged to push the boundaries of their own work, to constantly question their voice, an event where no one person stood in the spotlight for more than two minutes, an event driven by spontaneity – hearing a piece of music and going with it, and we would call it SpeedPoets.
I love this and Shanti has been pushing the boundaries of her work at Speedpoets the whole way. She’ll be there this Saturday to spill her words like a nostalgic shiver down the back of your neck. I’m so looking forward to this gig.
 When did you first come to Speedpoets Shanti? 
I first came to SpeedPoets at one of the first or possibly the first gigs at the upstairs bar at Belushi’s (now the Bank).
 What keeps you coming back?
The Poetry, it takes me to another world or dimension.  There are so many different mediums and styles, the storytelling, the spoken word and the comedic.  It’s always entertaining and stimulating.
What’s one of your favourite poems and why?
‘The Burial of the Dead’ by T.S. Eliot.  Although I should make special mention of the last section of ‘The Waste Land’, titled ‘What the Thunder Said’.  Because it ends with the lines Shantih shantih shantih. But that is not the reason why it’s one of my favorite poems, (although it does mention Marie as well which is my second name.) Fortunately I was never forced to learn this poem at school.  So when I came to read it, it was with unbiased ears. I think it just resonates with me because it’s dramatic but soft, touches on nature and seasons and includes a foreign language.
Shanti or M.Shanti, which her close friends know is short for Michelle and which they also know never to call her, came to poetry late.  After being introduced to it through her brother Francis, in 2000.  Who at the time was on the QPF board and involved in the Brisbane poetry scene.  After attending SpeedPoets, as an audience member for several years, from it’s inception, Shanti became so saturated by poetry, it entered into her blood stream.  The natural progression then was to start writing and reading her own poems.  Shanti has been attending SpeedPoets ever since, except for the occasions when work has got in the way.  Shanti has read at a variety of other poetry gigs but SpeedPoets will always be her favorite.

Saturday 30th November Final – 2pm

The Hideaway
188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Open mic – Callback Finalists – Eleanor Jackson – Prizes – Zines

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one brilliant Sunday morning

jonathan-hadwen
in August this year I had the pleasure of going on a ginkgo (haiku walk) with a bunch of Brisbane poets. We walked around the City Botanic Gardens sketching  moments from the late Winter surrounds (and if you don’t know Brisbane in Winter it is fresh and colourful with a grand total of three deciduous trees – everything else is still green or blooming!) – Jonathan writes a coldly dark haiku about a boy between his parents that made me want to go and find the kid and adopt him. I wish I could quote the poem right now but you’ll have to ask him for it.
& lucky for you, Jonathan Hadwen will be performing at the SpeedPoets Final on Saturday 30th at The Hideaway. Here are three questions you won’t have to ask him:
When did you first come to SpeedPoets?
I first came to Speeds about four years ago …
What keeps you coming back? 
 … and I keep coming back because of the people.  Everyone is so welcoming, and it doesn’t matter if you read the crappiest poem you’ve ever written, you’ll still get a clap.  Although we seem to be “competing” in the callback thing, it is just for fun really, and I never actually feel like SpeedPoets is competitive.
What’s one of your favourite poems and why?
Hmmm, tough question.  I have a few poems at the top of my list, but today I will say Don Paterson’s “Luing” http://www.poetryarchive.org/poetryarchive/singlePoem.do?poemId=6174  I love a good heart-break poem – who would have thought to describe love as “that cup / of emptiness that is our one completion”  - brilliant!

Saturday 30th November Final 2pm The Hideaway 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Open mic – Callback Finalists – Eleanor Jackson – Prizes – Zines

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there once was a bloke called JdUb

john-wainwrightIf John Wainright did set his mind to writing limericks his kids would possibly roll him out beside the wheelie bins and hope that some poetry-starved Brisbane resident might pick him up in a rickety timber trailer. So we’re all pleased he leaves the limerick form alone and keeps pushing poetry to weird, stretchy strange-y places. He’s an experimenter. Unafraid to throw something wild onto page or stage to see if it’ll bite off one of the faces in the audience.  He blogs poetry at MirrorMosaicOfSounds and does a fantastic sound poem of a fighter plane flying over). And…

he’s one of the Callback poets performing (and competing) in the SpeedPoets Final at the Hideaway on Saturday 30th November.

I asked him a few questions to see if he’s awake.

When did you first come to SpeedPoets?

 about lunchtime. I was looking for a beer

What keeps you coming back? 

I fancy one or two of the people who attended regularly, and the beer has improved since SpeedPoets moved to The Hideaway.

What’s one of your favourite poems and why?

l must go back to the sea again
The lonely sea and the sky
I left my shoes and socks there
I wonder if they’re dry.

Because Spike.

Saturday 30th November Final
2pm
The Hideaway
188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

Open mic – Callback Finalists – Eleanor Jackson – Prizes – Zines

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final for 2013 – Saturday Nov 30th

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take to the mic

Simon Kindt

30th

November

for

Speedpoets champion

&

fame and ca$h, hootin’ and glory

&nd

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Eleanor Jackson

&

Open mic

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(so pack a poem)

it’s on

at 2pm

the

HIDEAWAY

188 Brunswick St Brisbane

hope you’re

there

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by | November 14, 2013 · 11:45 pm

October callback poet is…

look, this guy’s been smashing out solid poetry every time he’s hit the Speedpoets mic for years. He’s consistent as Kelly Slater… erm, to be more literary, as WC Williams, and this time Jonathan Hadwen hobbles up on crutches for a bit of beer and sympathy to gives us this:

i.
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The dishwasher dances with itself
     brings on its floods, ebbs them away
          again.  My neighbour, the middle-aged man
is using the clothesline, even though
     it looks like it will rain.  I will hang mine inside.
         If I leave the window open perhaps they will dance too
but with their own scattered rhythm.
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ii.
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I want to shiver
    as the bats take flight
        from the palms beside my house,
             from the palms in the park
                   down the road.
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They arch over my roof
    the clumsy weight of them
        jolting on strings as they
             became smaller, and smaller —
                their child selves
         .           
the dots of them lost
     where we last lost the sun.

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 Jonathan Hadwen is a Brisbane poet who has been haunting the various halls of SpeedPoets since 2008.  He helps out with the Queensland Poetry Festival, and has been published in some journals too.

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Jonathan joins Chloë Callistemon, Simon Kindt, Tony Mutton, Trish Reid, Chris Lynch, John Wainright, Shanti and Kevin Smith for what is setting up to be a cracking final Speedpoets for 2013 on 30th Nov. I can’t wait to see this gang of poets fly. Hope to see you there at the Hideaway.

A.

 

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sPEEDpOETS mAGAZINE

If you have ever been CAPSLOCKed, there is a simple cure.

Send in a poem for publication in the SpeedPoets Zine.  If you have something you would like the SpeedPoets cognoscenti to read this weekend, please send it to speedpoetszine@gmail.com

and don’t forget to turn up at the Hideaway this Saturday afternoon to pick up your free copy.

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October SpeedPoets featured artist – Paul Summers

SpeedPoets is/are looking forward to great features on 26 October.  In addition to Teri and Jenny, Paul Summers will be at the Hideaway that afternoon.

Paul Summers is a Northumbrian poet who now lives in Central Queensland, Australia. His poems have appeared widely in print for over two decades and he has performed his work all over the world. A founding co-editor of the ‘leftfield’ British magazines Billy Liar and Liar Republic, he has also written for TV, film, radio, theatre and collaborated many times with artists, film-makers and musicians on mixed-media projects and public art.

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strange days

three men are on the roof, replacing
sheets of rusted tin. the ghost of a radio

escaping the huddle of another muted
smoko. sad-songs & bad news, an advert

 for shoes made cheaply in china. an eagle
drops a snake-head at my feet, neatly

severed & appearing to smile. it must mean
something. it would to you, with your love

of crystals & penchant for tarot. ouroboros
slain. this cycle at an end. & on another day,

 within another draft, another version of this
vain psychology, it might to me too. a little

 less empirically left, or on the shelf, still
coldly enlightened but open to magic.

Selected bibliography

primitive cartography (Walleah Press 2013)
Union, New & Selected poems (Smokestack Books 2011)
The Dreams Days Break Portfolio (with photographer David Gray, 78 Degrees & Clear 2010)
Three Men on the Metro (with WN Herbert & Andy Croft, Five Leaves 2009)
Big Bella’s Dirty Cafe (Dogeater Books 2006)
Cunawabi (with photographer David Gray, Cunawabi Publishing, London 2003)
The Rat’s Mirror (Lapwing Press 1999)
The Last Bus (Iron Press 1998)
Beer & Skittles (Echo Room Press 1997)
Vermeer’s Dark Parlour (Echo Room Press 1996)
140195 (Blue Cowboys/Echo Room Press 1995).

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October SpeedPoets feature artists Teri Louise Kelly & Jenny Toune

Reading for the first time in Brisbane, Teri Louise Kelly & Jenny Toune bring the cold heart & warm touch of their first collaborative verse novel, Shedding Sin (March 2013, Lady Lazarus Press, Florida), to the stage at Speedpoets – a vibrant mix of spoken word/storytelling/betrayal & reconciliation . . .

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Teri Louise Kelly
Is the author of three memoirs, one short story collection and two volumes of poetry, the latest the collaborative verse novel Shedding Sin, co-authored with her partner, her short stories and poetry have been published internationally and she has appeared at numerous festivals. She is the bass player in the grunge/punk band Alien Whore, has recorded a spoken word CD, was the subject of the ABC National radio documentary ‘ The Poet Stripped Bare’ (2012) and has had a DVD-Biopic made of her poetry appearances/philosophies – ‘TLK Punk’. She is currently working on her fourth memoir and a new collection of poetry.

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Jenny Toune
Writer, performer, poet, tap dancer & drummer with the band Alien Whore, Jenny’s claim to fame was sharing the stage of the Duke Theatre, 42nd Street, with Ernest ‘Brownie’ Brown and Brenda Bufalino during the New York City Tap Festival. In her spare time she is an award winning Adelaide author who has been published in various literary journals and anthologies, including Award Winning Australian Writing 2011, 2012, 2013. As a performance poet Jenny has been featured at Melbourne’s Overload Poetry Festival, the Adelaide Fringe Festival, won the SA State Library Poetry Slam 2012 and was twice state finalist in the SA Poetry Slams. Her collaborative verse novel: Shedding Sin, was released in May 2013, she has just finished the final draft of a novel and a new poetry manuscript.
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http://www.amazon.com/Shedding-Sin-A-Verse-Novel/dp/1484853415

Teri:
the moon
climbs across her body
like an adulterous lover
I wait for the day
for the sun, to take the pain away

Jen:
I soften my body
into the moon’s adultery
clouds whisper & die
as she waits
for the healing to begin

Teri:
drifting from the fight
back to the cause
my wounds healing
my heart sutured
thinking about
which side of the bed
I’ve been lying on

Jen:
my bed relinquished
to a lost cause
wounded,
but walking
softly softly
into the poem

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/360/the-poet-stripped-bare/4030782

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September Speedpoets feature artists

As you may know Speedpoets is a monthly open mic poetry event held at The Hideaway, Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley. This Saturday we have three local feature poets to grace the stage.  The event starts at 2pm. Doors open at 1:30. There are three rounds of open mic so pack a poem or two. It should be a great afternoon. Here are Saturday’s feature poets:

John-Koenig

John Koenig is a Brisbane based poet who reads regularly at Speed Poets. His work has been published in Brisbane New Voices II and more recently in The Stilts Handbook of Adventure. John admits to a romantic inclination towards life and likes, in no particular order: birds, words, people of all ages and love.

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Chloë Callistemon is a photographer, filmmaker and writer. Her poetry has begun to be published in journals and anthologies in Australia and internationally, most recently in Cordite, Tincture, For Rhino in a Shrinking World and Australian Love Poems 2013. Her unpublished manuscript was shortlisted for the 2013 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize.

Simon Kindt

A relative newcomer to performance (and poetry) in 2013, Simon Kindt has flung himself into the Brisbane spoken word scene and is currently working on developing a performance poetry crew of ruffian teenagers at a major metropolitan high school. Watch out for them.

While Simon’s forays into performance poetry may be humble so far, he has an open, gentle performance style, a generous grasp of human emotion, and a willingness to carefully peel back the seemingly ordinary to reveal what lies underneath.

Simon has performed at the Brisbane Emerging Arts Festival, at Poets Dressed As Men in 2013 and once won some strawberry jam at Jamjar Slam.

 

See you there.

A.

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Speedpoets is on this Saturday 28th September

 

This Saturday includes feature sets from local poets Chloë Callistemon, John Koenig and Simon KindtI’ll post more from them soon.

There is Open Mic so bring a poem or two, a mini-feature from the Call Back Poet and a free zine. The gig runs from 1:30pm to 5:00pm and entry is a gold coin donation.

SpeedPoets is a community of writers, engaging people with poetry in a very public forum. At The Hideaway, Fortitude Valley, on the last Saturday of the month, it’s a space for artists to meet, perform and establish networks within their local community.

What better way to spend your Saturday afternoon? Then stroll on down to the river to watch the city light itself up for Riverfire. See you there.

Andrew

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Brisbane New Voices V: 17 days left to submit

There’s just over 2 weeks to get your submission in for Brisbane New Voices V, so if you haven’t already, start to get those poems in order and send them off!

Here are the Submission Guidelines:

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Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Entrants must reside in the city of Brisbane.
  2. Entrants must not have previously published (including self-published) a collection of poems sixteen (16) or more pages in length.

Submission Guidelines:

  1. Submissions marked ‘Brisbane New Voices V’ should be posted to Graham Nunn, 86 Hawkwood St. Mt. Gravatt East, Brisbane QLD 4122.
  2. Submissions should include between 15 A4 pages and 20 A4 pages of poetry. Each new poem must start a new page. If the poet is submitting haiku or other short poems (no more than 10 lines), please place no more than three haiku  / two short poems per page.
  3. All submissions should include a cover letter that includes the following information – Name, email, postal address, phone number, short biography (no more than 80 words) and a brief introduction to your poems. The cover page is not included in the total pages of poetry submitted.
  4. Poems should be typed in an easily readable 12 point font (e.g. Times New Roman) with 1.5 line spacing.
  5. All poems submitted must be the entrant’s original work. Submissions will not be returned.
  6. The author’s name, email address and postal address must appear on every page of the submission.
  7. Prior publication of individual poems in literary journals and newspapers is encouraged. An acknowledgements page should be included with the manuscript, listing all the poems previously published and where they have first appeared.  This includes on-line publication and any broadcast performance (radio or television). The acknowledgements page is not included in the total pages of poetry submitted.
  8. Poets may submit only one entry to ‘Brisbane New Voices V’.
  9. Three submissions will be accepted for publication in ‘Brisbane New Voices V’. If selected, the poet will be required to engage in an editorial process to prepare no more than ten pages of poetry for the final publication.
  10. Deadline for submissions is Friday September 27, 2013. Submissions received after this date, but postmarked on or before September 27, 2013 will be accepted.
  11. The editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The editor reserves the right not to select any of the submissions received. A decision will be made by October 31, 2013.
  12. All poets will be advised of the result via email 24 hours prior to the results being published on http://www.anotherlostshark.com in November, 2013.
  13. ‘Brisbane New Voices V’ will be published in early 2014 and launched in the first half of the year.
  14. There is no submission fee to ‘Brisbane New Voices V’.

Any questions about the guidelines should be emailed to geenunn(at)yahoo.com.au.

I am looking forward to the reading ahead and hope that many of you will get behind this and help to spread the word wide and far.

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SpeedPoets August Call-Back-Poet: Kevin Smith

The August gig was an absolute belter, with Pascalle Burton and Tylea turning in one of the sets of the year… and the Open Mic bar was set very high from the get go. But in the end, there was one poem that ripped the breath from my lungs. That poem was Watercourses by Kevin Smith. Here’s the poem and a little more about Kevin, who will now join the other Call-Back-Poets at the November gig when one will be named SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion for the year.

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Watercourses

‘First wonder goes deepest.’
- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

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The watercourses of my childhood
were thin clear creeks
with fluted chutes tongued smooth into bedrock
we’d slide down into shallow pools,
the rock pockmarked with sinkholes and shafts
honed by pebbles over volumes of time.
These aching arteries carved pathways into stone
we ran our hands over,
over and over again
in blind attempts at reading the braille of water prints.
A choir of creeks sang anthems to the arcane,
ancient song cycles
that rippled through the rivers of our veins.
The tunes rose like smoke
through limbs and leaves of mountain ash.
We lay flat on our backs in the long-thonged grass
counting out loud the dragon-clouds
that drifted out of the blue realms
and blazed above the hardwood mill
pounding like a foundry on the dark side of hell,

the millstream a minstrelsy of crotchets and quavers,
a cadence of dark age vatic revelation.

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The watercourses of my childhood
were small incessant things,
necks chock-a-block with smooth flat stones.
They fed scant dams lying flat as old cowpats,
panoptic discs set in low-slung paddocks.
We sank knee deep into slick cold mud
scrawny arms flung back under a blistering sun.
The stones sat snug as guns in our hands.
We skimmed them across the top of the dam
counting each stone-skip
dwindling as it went.
Our faces lie in a pool of blue sky
mirrored in this dark glass eye to eternity.
Log trucks ploughed the dry dirt road
and haystacks of dust bloomed long after they’d gone.
We looked up from the middle of the creek
our bare feet slipping over cold wet rock.
We chased crayfish through these translucent wombs
their blue claws scrabbling over russet-coloured stone.
Far away the hooter in the mill sounded out,

a voodoo chant drifting through the trees,
an opus of voltage quickening our dreams.

iii

The watercourses of my childhood
were alive with wildness
running untethered through farmland and scrub,
small stony creeks that undercut banks,
gouged out boltholes where trout used to hide.
Their speckled backs gleamed red and gold
in the cold throb of glassy streams.
They nipped and sluiced over slick round rocks;
their knowing pulsated in our guts
like a belly flop over
a crest in the mill road
when the school bus lumbered to carry us home.
The lilt and tempo of the creeks
swirled through the bush like an early morning mist,
eddied around log piles stacked at the mill,
riffled through our bone marrow
singing up our souls.
And under the thousands of acres of stars
we nested in the innocence of what we were.
The creeks played requiems to a waning moon

the tunes purling into the mill-blind night,
each note lit up like a firefly.

*****

kevin smith:

… grew up in hardy’s mill in the southern highlands of nsw amongst a litter of mongrel kids and hard-working parents and hard men and families struggling flogged snoopy warner’s white fleshed peaches and hunted booshank’s chooks with home-made bows and arrows in high school played every sport going then studied shakespeare and the language tripped something off in my head and i wanted to be a writer then and tried studying journalism instead and that didn’t work but i discovered theatre and did plays and taught in high school and uni all the while trying to write poetry in the cracks of time life afforded and now trying to do it more seriously …

… my first play got professionally produced by goat track theatre in august and had a poem published in florida and one in york, a couple in manchester, some mentions elsewhere, western australia, county cork ireland, london, strathfield Sydney, nowra …

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SpeedPoets @ Brisbane Writers Festival

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SpeedPoets will light up the Red Box (State Library of QLD) this Saturday, September 7 from 2pm – 3pm as part of the Brisbane Writers Festival. There won’t be the regular open mic, but there will be three rounds of live poetry and music featuring some fine local voices, including, Chloe Callistemon, Andrew Phillips, Cindy Keong, Chris Lynch, Trudie Murrell, John Koenig and Sheish Money. So come on out for an early SpeedPoets hit this month and don’t forget, if you have any spare poetry lying around the house, we are still collecting for Poetry for PNG.

Here’s the link with all the details: http://bwf.org.au/2013-writers/speedpoets/

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SpeedPoets July Call-Back-Poet: John Wainwright

John Wainwright has been stepping on to the SpeedPoets stage for quite a few years now, and last month, he took out the coveted title of Call-Back-Poet. This means he will join Trish Reid, Chloe Callistemon, Simon Kindt, Chris LynchShanti at the final gig of the year when each of the Call-Back-Poets perform a short feature and one of them walks away $200 richer with the title of SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion for 2013.

Here’s John’s untitled poem published in the July issue of SpeedPoets.

john-wainwright

tell me your day
what birds were in it?

raven dawn
muscle shirts and spitting dogs

 Australia Day
kookaburras get the first laugh

 cockatoo dawn
egg yolk scraped off the plate

stormy petrel
dives in a shaft of light
bones and quills
are straightened
lungs are bursting
sound screams
tail is rudder
wings sweep back
I define     flight for the air
I define          arrow for the breast of the sea
I define               death for one fish
magnificent death        for one fish   

 wind cannot win
the sea-bird’s love

the tiny smiling bird
flies a Moebius Loop
another insect dies 

harvest moon
an owl comes down

 tell me your day
what birds were in it?

© John Wainwright

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So if you want to be in the running to take out one of the final three Call-Back-Poet spots, pack a poem in your pocket and head on down to The Hideaway tomorrow (Saturday Aug. 31). Doors open at 1:30pm!

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Poetry for PNG

Australia sends refugees to Papua New Guinea. Why not  poetry instead?

Books, subscriptions, and internet connections are expensive in PNG, so access to contemporary poetry is limited. The Crocodile Prizes, PNG’s  literary awards, are  announced next month, and poets and writers from  across the country will be gathering in Port Moresby.

Chris Lynch is going, and would love to take as much poetry as he can carry. So he’s  appealing to the Brisbane poetry community for any books, journals, or  zines you’d like to share with New Guinean poets.

Got something? Great! There are three ways to get it to PNG.

1. Come to SpeedPoets at The Hideaway, 2-5pm on Sat 31st August. Andrew Phillips will be collecting all books.

2. Come to the SpeedPoets event at BWF, 2-3pm on Sat 7th September.  Find Chris Lynch or Andrew (we’ll be among the SpeedPoets crew performing).

http://bwf.org.au/2013-writers/speedpoets/

3. Post it to Bardon to arrive by Fri 6th September. (Contact bychrislynch@gmail.com for the address.)

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Pascalle Burton & Tylea live at SpeedPoets this Saturday

I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am about the ‘SpeedPoets Only’ collaboration between Pascalle Burton & Tylea that will envelop one and all at the Hideaway (188 Brunswick St) this Saturday, August 31. Anyone who saw them together on the stage at QPF 2012, will, I am sure, share my excitement.

To get you buzzing, here’s the film that won Pascalle Burton the 2013 QPF Filmmaker’s Challenge and an absolute gem from Tylea’s former band, Gota Cola. Now imagine the combined adventurous spirit of these two ladies on stage… good times ahead!

And of course, there will be bountiful open mic opportunities, free zines, raffles and the guitar roar of Sheish Money. Be there to experience something special!

Date: Saturday August 31
Venue: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Time: Doors at 1:30pm for a 2pm Open Mic Start until 5pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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August SpeedPoets featuring Pascalle Burton & Tylea

August is a massive month of poetry here in Brisbane – it’s QLD Poetry Festival time - so it seems right that SpeedPoets brings it to a close when it returns to The Hideaway (188 Brunswick St) on Saturday August 31. The lineup for August is another stunner, with solo feature sets from Pascalle Burton and Tylea, as well as a special collaborative performance.

Singer songwriter Tylea’s ethereal music has been resonating for the past two decades in either her solo work or in Gota Cola. She will be featuring at the next Speedpoets alongside performance poet Pascalle Burton. Tylea’s recent show, featuring the music of the Twin Peaks soundtrack at the Brisbane Powerhouse, was astonishing and her otherworldly yet unpretentious music has the ability to trigger emotion in virtually any audience. Pascalle and Tylea collaborated on a Yoko Ono based piece at QPF last year. For this year’s QPF, Pascalle has been working on the Letter.Box.Stamp.Collect. installation as well as a new performance work based on the idea of conceptual poetry called Poems by Telephone. By request, Pascalle and Tylea will collaborate again on some new pieces especially for Speedpoets. Both artists continue to be inspired by the work of Yoko Ono and promise to bring ample amounts of light and dark.

And as always, there will be plenty of space in the Open Mic Section with all readers in the running to be named Call-Back-Poet for the month. Each of the Call-Back-Poets will earn themselves a feature spot at the November event where they will have the opportunity to take home cash prizes, be crowned SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion. There will also be free zines, raffles and the guitar roar of Sheish Money! What more could one want?

Ink it in your diary people!

Date: Saturday August 31
Venue: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Time: Doors at 1:30pm for a 2pm Open Mic Start until 5pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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July SpeedPoets featuring Shane Rhodes, Ghostboy & Cindy Keong

SpeedPoets returns to The Hideaway (188 Brunswick St) in July with an all-star lineup featuring the 2013 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Shane Rhodes, Ghostboy and his co-conspirator Sir Richard Grantham and the launch of Cindy Keong’s debut collection, Same Sky.

Shane RhodesShane Rhodes is the author of five collections of poetry, including The Wireless Room, Holding Pattern, The Bindery, and most recently, Err. His poetry has won an Alberta Book Award, two Lampman Awards, the P. K. Page Founder’s Award for Poetry, and the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry in 2010. His latest collection, Err, was a finalist for the 2012 City of Ottawa Book Award. Shane’s poetry has also been featured in national and international anthologies such as Best Canadian Poetry in English 2012, 2011 and 2008, Breathing Fire II, How the Light Gets In and Seminal: Canada’s Gay Male Poets.

ghostboy-gloveGhostboy is one of Australia’s foremost spoken word & performance artists. A live hybrid of performance poetry, absurdist comedy and “spoken weird” theatre, Ghostboy has featured at numerous major writing and poetry festivals. In 2011 Ghostboy created a two-man neo-cabaret comedy – ‘We Love You!’ – with multi- instrumentalist Richard Grantham (Deep Blue Orchestra). The two team up again this July to perform some of the pieces from We Love You, but don’t get complacent, they also threaten to unleash some new work!

first-words-vol-2-print-smallCindy Keong is a Brisbane based photographer, poet and teacher.  Her poetry has been published in Page Seventeen, paper wasp, SpeedPoets, QLD Poetry Festival Anthology 2011 and the Third Australian Haiku Anthology. Her short films have been highly commended at the Overload Poetry Festival and shortlisted for the Queensland Poetry Festival Filmakers Award. Cindy was recently commissioned by if:Book Australia and Queensland Poetry Festival to take a series of photographs for the enhanced e-book, “The City We Build’. Her photography was also featured on the cover of Page Seventeen issue 10.  Cindy has performed her poetry at Queensland Poetry Festival, Blackall Heartland Festival and many local events.  Same Sky is her debut collection and this will be her first Brisbane reading from the book.

And as always, there will be plenty of space in the Open Mic Section with all readers in the running to be named Call-Back-Poet for the month. Each of the Call-Back-Poets will earn themselves a feature spot at the November event where they will have the opportunity to take home cash prizes, be crowned SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion, and thanks to Phillip Ellis, have a chapbook length zine of their work published ready to launch at the February 2014 event.

Ink it in your diary people! And don’t be shy… here’s the facebook invite, so spread the word! https://www.facebook.com/events/531096176940148

Date: Saturday July 27
Venue: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Time: Doors at 1:30pm for a 2pm Open Mic Start
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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SpeedPoets June 2013 Call-Back-Poet: Shanti

When it comes to long time supporters of SpeedPoets, there is no one who has been hitting the stage longer than Shanti, so it was great to see her take out the title of Call-Back-Poet in June. Here’s the poem that grabbed Santo’s attention…

Shanti

The Cat

The Bluesman is seated
on a dimly lit stage
The fat notes glide
off his guitar
I drink it in
It quenches me more
than this whiskey in my hand

He wears a sharp black suit
and there is magic in his eyes
The lamps glow low
and tea lights flicker
The room is full but it feels like
he is singing to me alone

His songs tell stories
of Southern bars with sawdust floors
Of Catfish and Bourbon
And running off
with another man’s wife

I can tell these are
his own stories
I have to leave before he captures me
with false promises
and empty wishes
And I’ll go home and cry me the Blues.

*****

And here’s a couple more pics from the gig taken by Cindy Keong.

Kellie Lloyd rocking the SpeedPoets stage

Kellie Lloyd rocking the SpeedPoets stage

Santo Cazzati at his spellbinding best.

Santo Cazzati at his spellbinding best.

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SpeedPoets May 2013 Call-Back-Poet: Chris Lynch

Joining Trish Reid, Chloe Callistemon and Simon Kindt in 2013 Call-Back-Poet Hall of Fame is Chris Lynch. Chris has been delivering shots of wisdom to the SpeedPoets audience for many years now, so it is great to have him locked in as part of the November showcase.

Here’s a little bit about Chris and the poem he read at the May gig.

Chris_LynchChris Lynch is a Brisbane-based writer and teacher. His poetry has appeared in SpeedPoets, Blackmail Press, page seventeen, Islet, Brisbane New Voices II, Eye to the Telescope, and Star*Line, among others. A regular performer of his poetry, including two appearances at the Queensland Poetry Festival, Chris was Speedpoet Champion of 2010, and has been shortlisted for the Jack Stamm Haiku Award. He blogs occasionally at www.chrislynch.com.au

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Grandma Katherine

the grand old Victorian lady
from Adelaide who married

a Catholic and lived separately
from her publican husband

because she loved him
and had too many things

to do in the city to work
the cold rows of almond trees

who was so imposing
that even years after

she’d been cremated
lived on in the imperious

scent of her lounge—
my grumpy dachshund

(who could bite the finger off
anyone except me and Mum)

would suspiciously
scurry past, all but

making the sign of the cross—
the mother whose four

children would scatter
to the four corners

of the globe, marrying
foreigners or God

who on the way to Mass
on one of her visits

would instruct the five of us
to slide shut the windows

of our old Mitsubishi L300
because her white hair

was being made
slightly less perfect

and who once told me
through the shower curtain

that she wouldn’t look in at me
if I didn’t look out at her

seated on the throne
and did we have a deal

and thinking this is
weird

and feeling pretty sure
it wasn’t just me

but saying yes because
when you’re a boy

no doesn’t mean no
and anyway I think

she was already doing it.

*****

So if you want to be in the running to be named Call-Back-Poet in June, make sure you are at The Hideaway (188 Brunswick St) on Saturday June 29. Doors open at 1:30pm and sign on for the open section is open until 2pm. With features from Melbourne based spoken word innovator Santo Cazzati and Brisbane rock goddess Kellie Lloyd, where else would you want to be? Entry is a gold coin donation.

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June SpeedPoets features Santo Cazzati and Kellie Lloyd

The month of June sees SpeedPoets return to The Hideaway (188 Brunswick St) with feature sets from one of this country’s spoken word innovators, Santo Cazzati (Melbourne) and Brisbane rock legend, Kellie Lloyd.

Santo CazzatiSon of Italian immigrants to Australia, Santo Cazzati emerged from past lives as a classical concert pianist and avant garde jazz musician to teach at an elite Melbourne private school which must remain anonymous in order to protect those concerned. He performs in a range of styles, from fast rhythmical delivery to slow atmospheric meditation, with a strong music influence and critical ironic distance. A fixture on Melbourne’s grass roots poetry scene, his feature performances have included Melbourne Writers Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Overload Poetry Festival and La Mama Theatre. He is a presenter of the Spoken Word radio programme on 3CR and the PJ (‘poetry jockey’) of the House of Bricks Spoken Word gig. He appears on Going Down Swinging and Voiceprints CDs as well as the Melbourne Poetry Map website. He is a winner of the Overload Shelton Lea Award for Best Solo Performance.

Kellie LloydKellie Lloyd grew up playing bass in beloved Brisbane band Screamfeeder. Now she’s out on her own playing what she likes to call Dark Pop. It’s guitar driven, sometimes with a band, sometimes with just a drummer, but one thing is for sure… it’s loud and it’s dark and it’s dreamy. Rolling Stone described her solo debut, Magnetic North as “peppered with haunting hooks, sentimentality and otherworldliness.”

And as always, there will be plenty of space in the Open Mic Section with all readers in the running to be named Call-Back-Poet for the month. Each of the Call-Back-Poets will earn themselves a feature spot at the November event where they will have the opportunity to take home cash prizes, be crowned SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion, and thanks to Phillip Ellis, have a chapbook length zine of their work published ready to launch at the February 2014 event.

Ink it in your diary people!

Date: Saturday June 29
Venue: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Time: Doors at 1:30pm for a 2pm Open Mic Start
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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Betsy Turcot live at SpeedPoets this Saturday

The end of the month is closing in, which means SpeedPoets is ready to light up The Hideaway (188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley) this Saturday, May 25 with the launch of B.R. Dionysius’s seventh collection, Bowra, the guitar roar of Sheish Money, three rounds of  Open Mic and the sublime spoken stylings of Betsy Turcot.

Fresh from a series of sell-out ‘Chosen Family’ shows at the Anywhere Theatre Festival with Eleanor Jackson, Betsy is bringing her solo show to the SpeedPoets stage. For anyone who has seen her weave her tapestry of words on stage, I am sure you will be knocking the door down to get in, and if you have not yet had the pleasure, then you are in for a treat!

Remember, doors open at 1:30pm and sign on for Open Mic is open from 1:30pm – 2pm.

Entry is a gold coin donation, but the more you give the easier it is to keep this event running.

It’s been 13 years… and there’s no sign of slowing down!

Here’s a poem from Betsy to send keep you satiated til Saturday.

See you then,

*****

Campfire

The purple sky breathes shooting stars,
makes good excuses for holding hands
as she slowly inches her fingertips over my knuckles.

Her eyes, focused on the fire, hide my blush.

I wear the thickness of mystery
veiled in a middle name she doesn’t know.

But she wants to know my hands.
I can feel the tremble in her touch.
I pause, my lips mid-sip.

Bubbles rest on my tongue.
You can’t always trust what you feel.
You can’t always feel what you touch.

But I’ll let her take a chisel to my marbled skin.
Let her carve her kisses into my cuts.

© Betsy Turcot

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Betsy TurcotBetsy Turcot has featured at Queensland Poetry, Melbourne Overload, Brisbane Emerging Arts, Anywhere Theatre and Woodford Folk festivals. She is a guest MC, curator and feature at Brisbane’s spoken word poetry event, Words or Whatever, and has contributed to the Melbourne Poetry Map.

Betsy was co-author of the poetic play, She Stole My Every Rock and Roll with fellow poet, Eleanor Jackson and has been a member of The Broken Records Collective with Doubting Thomas and Darkwing Dubs. She is the author of the chapbook Blister and is currently writing a poetic play, Chosen Family, for the Anywhere Theatre Festival with The Belles of Hell.

 

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SpeedPoets Launches Bowra by B.R. Dionysius

SpeedPoets lights up The Hideaway (188 Brunswick St) and the month of May with its third book launch for the year, Bowra by B.R. Dionysius and well as some red hot spoken word from Betsy Turcot.

And let’s not forget the red hot Open Mic Section. All readers  are automatically in the running to be named Call-Back-Poet for the month. What does this mean?

Each of the Call-Back-Poets will earn themselves a feature spot at the November event where they will have the opportunity to take home cash prizes, be crowned SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion, and thanks to Phillip Ellis, have a chapbook length zine of their work published ready to launch at the February 2014 event. A great prize indeed!

Sound like the perfect way to finish the month of May? We’d love to see you there!

Date: Saturday May 25
Venue: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Time: Doors at 1:30pm for a 2pm Open Mic Start
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

Here’s a poem from B.R. Dionysius to help you through the week!

Café Bohemia

(i)

Winter; & he stole away from his Highgate Hill flat
Every Wednesday night with a vague return time &
A cheap bottle of tawny port cupped under his armpit
Like a bully’s captured head. His long green trench
Coat gave his mahogany boots a shine as he swished
Along the length of Dornoch Terrace; past the royal
Queenslander on his left, that three years from now
Would be rented by his friends, but for the present,
Was inhabited by band members from Powderfinger.
Where three years later, they’d all gather to celebrate
The marital fallout of his mission to Café Bohemia.
His ears burnt like a deposed General’s epaulettes
As he marched on like a man possessed, her call
To him more powerful than any ancient siren.

(ii)

He wanted to arrive first. To secure a coveted table
Within the tight margins of the coffee shop, for her
& her two friends; to demonstrate his thoughtfulness.
Otherwise, it was standing room only as street poets
& hipsters channelling Kerouac & his wine dark prose
Filled up the dining space like blue cigarette smoke.
He greeted fellow writers with a wave & a nod, as he
Was lousy at small talk & good at reading big poems.
They were the Bohemian poets of Hardgrave Road.
90s poets like black bearded Francis & his perennial
Leather coat that he never ever took off, until twenty
Years of listening to poetry; to the millions of words
Crooned about death, love & loss, had polished his
Mind’s animal hide, until his face shone like a god.

(iii)

She entered the café wearing her friend’s teal velvet
Coat; auburn hair gleamed like a burnished table top.
Candle stumps burnt down their short lives in front
Of them; they spread their wax wings down the wine
Bottle’s stem, then dried their delicate delta shapes in
The port breath of poets as the reading warmed up.
They read poems about West End & Daniel Yock.
About Murri protests in Charlotte Street, landlords &
Gentrification & how all the boarding houses were lost.
How the family house where that Go Betweens singer
Grew up, had been pulled down for the Greek Club.
How the police raided Musgrave Park & how Tracey
Wigginton lapped up blood like a mangrove sucks mud.
By the time it was his turn; his tawny was half drunk.

(iv)

At the interval Henk, the bespeckled Dutch organiser
Whose most memorable line was about how he often
Awoke to find his cock still rigid inside his girlfriend;
Would disappear into the kitchen with an assortment of
Followers, where Mira’s goulash threatened to burn itself,
Tasty, but mad in its pot. Here, in the wooden floorboards
There lived a small trapdoor, which led from the galley to
A secret lower deck: the café’s oubliette. Here, poets fuelled
Up on gunja, the smoke siphoned away by an invisible vent.
Some though, still wafted through the café’s warped cracks;
Like a sailor’s last breath as they drown in an Eliot poem.
Others snuck round the back, where they lawn-sprawled
Like they’d been in a shipwreck. Here, they met in piratical
Bliss; until her friends drove her off, so he sculled his port.

(v)

She thought he was silent, a bit mysterious; a poet from
The country who tried to loom over her like Ted Hughes.
The regulars didn’t disappoint. Brentley, whose themes
Were a shade darker than the dirtiest black hole; his muse
Went to star on TV as a masterchef. Or Adam, the epitome
Of beat; who published for a decade, then like Rimbaud
Gave it all up to run guns metaphorically. Or Lidija & her
Serbian mystique, who trailed lovers around her neck like
Threads in a shawl. Or Rebecca, the poet of bones & mishap,
Who shaved her head so everyone could see her new world.
Or Fakie, who read from industrial-sized post-paks he stole
From the factory where he worked. Or the Great Jeffro,
Whose mad blue eyes blazed forth Shakespeare’s wild surmise;
If poetry is the soul of cafes: then coffee is its blood.

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B. R. Dionysius was founding Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. His poetry has been widely published in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and online. His seventh poetry collection, Bowra was released in April 2013. He lives in Ipswich, Queensland where he watches birds, teaches English and writes sonnets.

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SpeedPoets April 2013 Call-Back-Poet: Simon Kindt

New voices are what fuels the SpeedPoets engine, so it was a real pleasure to award the April Call-Back spot to Simon Kindt on his first visit to SpeedPoets. Here’s the poem that sent a shiver through the room… am looking forward to hearing more from Simon throughout the year.

Simon Kindt

After Dorothy Porter’s View From 417

I am making a habit
of all this walking into
then out
of my chest.

Making my rib cage
a revolving door
of starts
and stops.

Hiding a jack-knife
behind my teeth

And lungs pumping
a pair
of blustered bellows.

Washing sparks into a throat,
birthing them grey,
soft and rolling

into the blue.

And you did it right to the end,
or at least in my head
you did,
down to the last
‘can’t believe my luck’

dot… when my 417 finds me,

dot… I will find its spine… and break us out.

Dot, when I go,
I want to go down singing,
breathing out
beneath
a wisping sky,

having loved the world,
having drunk it dry.

When I go,
let me greet the end
with a jack-knife tongue,
a throat raw and smoking
like a shotgun.

In a blast of sparks
into a wisping
sky.

Let me walk out of my chest
ready and lucky,
wearing a ready
‘what’s
next’
grin.

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About Simon:

I suppose I’m another one of those poorly ironed white collars that got halfway up the career ladder and realised it had left something behind. For me, that ‘left behind’ was writing which I returned to at the end of 2012 after a long time focused on other things.

I have been published precisely nowhere (except my own blog), performed only in small rooms, the sum total of my awards list is two jars of jam (and now a Speedpoets call-back) and yet I have felt so welcomed by the warmth, the energy and the lunacy of the Brisbane spoken word community that… well… what more could a fella want?

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Photos from April SpeedPoets

Saturday’s gig was a blast!

Kate Jacobsen made the room smile with her honeyed vocals and country hooks; Thomas Day blew things up with a live installation that unpicked the seams of sexuality and war; and the 26 open mic readers whispered, roared and enchanted. Call-Back-Poet for the month was SpeedPoets first-timer, Simon Kindt, with a poem for Dorothy Porter that sent a shiver through the entire room.

I will be posting a feature on Simon later in the week, but for now, here’s a few pics from the day, thanks to the lovely Chloe Callistemon.

Kate Jacobsen live at SpeedPoets

Kate Jacobsen live at SpeedPoets

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Thomas Day drops the machinery

Thomas Day drops the machinery

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What's left of the map

What’s left of the map

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The audience transfixed

The audience transfixed

 

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SpeedPoets Saturday April 27, 2013

This month, SpeedPoets is a swirl of sound! We are excited to be featuring local songstress, Kate Jacobson and poet, film maker and sound artist, Thomas Day.

Kate Jacobson

Kate Jacobson is one half of popular Brisbane indie-country/folk duo, Texas Tea. She is revered as one of Queensland’s up-and-coming song writing talents and her solo show has been described as enchanting, evocative and unique, incorporating voice, guitar and foot percussion.

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Thomas Day utilises words, sound and drone, collage, film and photography with live performances often combining these elements to create immersive interdisciplinary works. He won the 2011 Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup with a satirical work deconstructing the nature of charity under Capitalism; and once lost a Slam for failing to vomit up a poem he had just swallowed.

And of course, there will be the red hot Open Mic Section with all readers in the running to be named Call-Back-Poet for the month and earn themselves a feature spot at the final gig of the year in November and the opportunity to win cash prizes and be named SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion. And as always Sheish Money will also be out front of Moveable Feast, playing with that blues swagger that drives the SpeedPoets’ engine.

Sound like the perfect way to close out your April? See you there…

Date: Saturday April 27
Venue: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Time: Doors at 1:30pm for a 2pm Open Mic Start
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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SpeedPoets March 2013 Call-Back-Poet: Chloe Callistemon

The Easter gig had The Hideaway swinging with two book launches (thank you Vanessa and Nigel, your books are still singing to me) a sizzling set from Moveable Feast and three knock-out rounds of Open Mic. I was glad that I wasn’t asked to name the Call-Back-Poet for the month, but was excited when Chloe Callistemon, one of last year’s runners-up, was announced at the end of the day.

Here’s a new poem from Chloe to celebrate!

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North West

Perched high on the road, I
rumble through the desert.

The world is dusted
the colour of apricots.

A cow lies, legs in the air —
gas-fat, skin dried, drum-tight.

Once-orange work vests
flash sunburnt white.

In the silence post-4WD,
lizards rattle pebbles.

Sun soaks my camp, stains
a pool of sky.

Stars brand the night, hiss
through sweated dreams.

Dingo howls circle, noose
sound and reason.

Today’s sun rises through rotors,
beams slicing ridge tops.

Mudflat dragon-tails snake
away from twisting rivers.

Climb sandstone to reach
blood-red paintings.

Scratched and tanned. These rocks
feel like home.

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Chloë Callistemon is a Brisbane photographer and arts eclectivist. She has been a Jack Stamm Haiku Award finalist, performed as a bird as part of a.rawlings’s GIBBER, and has a work in an international anthology trying to save rhinos, amongst other things. Has pen and camera, will travel.

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Chloe will join February Call-Back-Poet, Trish Reid as a feature at the November gig and is now in the running to win $200 in cash prizes and the title, SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion 2013.

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SpeedPoets fills your Easter long weekend with words

That’s right, the mighty SpeedPoets will be rolling into your Easter weekend to fill your mind-basket with words. To celebrate, we will be launching not one, but two debut collections on the day. First up, Vanessa Page will launch her stunning collection Confessional Box and then Nigel Ellis (aka Bruce Dorlova) will release into the world, Haematograms. When asked to write quotes about each collection, this is what I had to say:

Confessional Box maps the undulating landscapes of home, love and letting go. Page’s poems are sensuous, compassionate and filled with quiet wisdom; they are a celebration of the world’s infinite gifts.”

haematograms reaches into the tight corners of the mind to seize instants of clarity. Ellis is unique in his knowing, sharpest when catching things that he knows won’t last. This is an impressive debut, one where the charm of the ordinary and the mysterious collide; where the reader is transported into the poet’s other-world to walk the edge of his imagining.”

And of course, there will be the red hot Open Mic Section with all readers in the running to be named Call-Back-Poet for the month and earn themselves a feature spot at the final gig for the year in November and the opportunity to win cash prizes and be named SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion.  Sheish will also be out front of Moveable Feast, playing with that blues swagger that drives the SpeedPoets’ engine. For those of you who missed them last month, here’s a clip from the February gig, complete with me getting over excited and jumping up on stage to read a poem.

So be sure to lock Saturday March 30 in… SpeedPoets wants you!

SpeedPoets March 2013

Date: Saturday March 30
Venue: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Time: Doors at 1:30pm for a 2pm Open Mic Start
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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SpeedPoets February 2013 Call-Back-Poet: Trish Reid

The first gig of the year was a special one, with swaggering performances by house band, Moveable Feast and feature poet, Andrew Phillips. As always, the Open Mic section, was studded with poetic gems, making the job extra hard for Andrew and Sheish to call back just one poet. But, the job was done (and done well), and as Andrew said, the February Call-Back-Poet’s words held him tight in his seat. That poet, was Trish Reid.

Trish Reid - CLK

[Photograph by Cindy Keong]

Here’s one of the poems Trish read on the day:

on her 70th wedding anniversary

she remembers the waist of the wedding dress
eighteen inches she said and the row
of tiny self-covered buttons
brailing her back
needing to be buttoned up
and unbuttoned

her father had clambered
hand over hand onto the lower
plank of the middle class
buttons her climbing dreams

she remembers feeling anxious in the week before
the dress would no longer fit
her conflicted aunt tried to fatten her up

as her uncle kept taking to drink in the front room and
her aunt sharpened her tongue on the front steps
she held her breath

today she visits his grave fingering the words
weather and years will wear to
blank stone

is she remembering his fingers         blindly
unbuttoning her then?

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About Trish:

I never understood the point of living in a city until I found SpeedPoets and the poetry community. The last year or so has been a time of accelerated and very pleasurable learning for me.

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And just to confirm, SpeedPoets will be serving up a healthy hit of words this coming Easter weekend, so lock in Saturday March 30, 1:30pm – 5pm at The Hideaway. We couldn’t think of any better place for you to be!

More details soon…

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SpeedPoets February 2013 Feature: Moveable Feast (feat. Sheish Money)

Kicking SpeedPoets off in a new venue – The Hideaway – has got my heart beating a little quicker as I count down to the big day… Saturday Feb 23. When I was considering who to ask to feature at the event, the first name that entered my head was Sheish Money… after all, he has been a main cog in the engine room for the last 12 years. So we caught up recently and had a chat about SpeedPoets past, present and future…

Moveable Feast

You have been a vital part of the SpeedPoets community for the best part of 12 years. How have you seen the event change through the years?

Not that much really. I mean it is different every month and always has been. There is of course a familiarity with the event after so long but for me personally every month yields something and I never know exactly what might go down. I think The Hideaway being a more music oriented venue will be great for more having more musical features and because poets tend to raise their performances with better stage and PA.

Are there any moments in that continue to stand out?

The great features. I’m really looking forward to seeing who you feature this year. I have always enjoyed watching the progression of poets as they improve their craft. Someone who gets a spark from what happens down at SP and keeps getting better. Like Andrew Phillips, who saw you and me at the ekka and has been banging out great poems ever since.

And what keeps you excited about the event?

It is one of the easiest things I can do to keep myself inspired. I like to come up with something new every month. I get to play with a lot of amazing poets and I couldn’t say what makes it all work….or not. Like when you and I play, we don’t really think about it too much, but we do listen to each other and give the piece room to become something more than just music behind words. So I guess it is that mystery and wonder that keeps me inspired.

I know many people have pondered over the years how you just ‘seem to know what to play’ when a poet takes to the mic. So, are you ready to give up your secret?

Well it’s not so hard. It is all body language I watch as the poet approaches the mic and see what their bodies say they are about to do. If they are shambling onto stage head low then slow and low is the go. If they come striding purposely with fire blazing in their eyes then I can ramp it up. Of course a million different pieces of music will fit a poem. Sometimes happy poems work well with sad music and visa versa. I was reading about some experiments that where conducted about the way that when musicians play together there brain wave rhythms start to sync up. I think that when it is really cooking with a poet there is that type of syncing. I try not to be to conscious about what I am doing. And like Steve Kilbey & GW Mclennan…  I trust in providence.

How has collaborating with poets shaped your sound?

That is a difficult question to try and answer in specifics. Listening to poets of all types and levels of proficiency gives me a lot to turn around in my mind. Because of SP I have been exposed to some of the best performing poets around. I get to see poets like Santo Cazatti and hear what he does with rhythm… or Matt Hetherington’s calmness and the space he gives the words… The way Rob Morris turns a phrase and summons ghosts from the past without devolving into sentimentality and still staying totally in the present… or your brevity wit and humour… or Sam Hunt channelling words through his finger tips… or Ian McBride in full swing… all these things have a profound effect on me as a musician and a writer. Watching and working with poets like yourself or Julie or Scotty Dubs or Robert Morris or … the list is too big, gives me new challenges and has taught me a lot about how to put better poetry into my songs.  And then there is all the poets, all the SP regulars who I have seen go from strength to strength. Then the fact that I get to play every month, do songs, jam with poets gives me plenty to process and work on. I have always loved improvising and trying to make music for the moment that I am in, plus I haven’t got a great memory.

What are you most looking forward to about kicking the year off with your band, Moveable Feast?

Well SP will be the first gig as a three piece. There has been a lot of life going on lately which both takes away and adds to the music but we are getting to play more lately The three piece line up exposes everything a bit more so I we are spending more time getting the melodies and the words a bit sharper and trying out little signatures and stuff. That said the moto of first time every time still applies.

Listen to a track by Moveable Feast

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SpeedPoets first gig for 2013
Date: Saturday February 23
Venue: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Time: Doors at 1:30pm for a 2pm Open Mic Start
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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SpeedPoets February 2013 Feature: Vanessa Page

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be bringing SpeedPoets to The Hideaway for its 13th year. It’s venues like this that make Brisbane the amazing city it is! Just in case you have forgotten, details of the first gig are:

Date: Saturday February 23
Venue: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Time: Doors at 1:30pm for a 2pm Open Mic Start
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

And to add to the excitement, SpeedPoets will launch Vanessa Page’s debut full length collection, Confessional Box. Vanessa has been a regular at SpeedPoets for many years now, so I had a chat with her to see how she was feeling about the launch and her memories of SpeedPoets.

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You’ve been a regular ‘Open Mic’er’ at SpeedPoets for many years now Vanessa. What is your first memory of coming along to a gig?

My first memory of SpeedPoets was during its Inspire Gallery period at West End . I came along, mostly just to listen because I’d never performed a poem before in my life! It was really my first foray into the poetry scene here in Brisbane , even though I’d been writing for a bit and trying my hand at a few competitions around the place. On that day, it was my then 8 year old son who signed on to read a poem he had written called ‘Nature’. With some gentle encouragement from Graham and my son Harvey I signed on to read as well. I’ve regularly attended SpeedPoets since then and it is a real highlight of the month to be able to gather with other Brisbane poets and share words together. I’ve made some terrific friends along the way and it really has become a ‘must-do‘ on the calendar each month for me. I’m pleased to say that very first poem I read at SpeedPoets – ‘Postcard’ features in Confessional Box and I will be making sure it is on the list to read at the launch!

Has reading in the Open Mic and listening to other poets each month helped shape your work?

Reading in the Open Mic has helped teach me the importance of reading my work aloud – even if it is only to myself. It helps with achieving great cadence with your writing. The other great thing is that you can gauge audience reaction when you perform – and when you know your poem has hit the mark or resonated with someone it is a wonderful thing. I always love listening to my contemporaries read – it is always inspiring and I love how each session there is always at least one poem or one line or one moment that really works for me and that I take away home with me. Listening to others is also a great way to look at things differently, try different styles and just broaden the horizons a little. So in terms of my own work, I think constant immersion in poetry whether by listening, reading or performing is an ongoing process that helps me shape my work.

con-box

You are about to launch your debut full length collection, Confessional Box. How are you feeling about it all now that it’s printed and ready to go?

I am feeling good about the book because it is the culmination of a few years’ worth of collected poems. It is nice to see them all in printed form…the process is like ‘putting those poems to bed’, turning out the lights and starting with a fresh page again. I think that is the most satisfying thing. Those poems are done and complete and I can walk away from them happy that they have found a permanent home. I have to say that moment when you hold your book for the first time is pretty special. It is a real thing of beauty and I was lucky enough to collaborate with my talented friends – artist Maryanne Oliver and designer Jessica Fazakarley on the cover art. I just hope the poems in the book bring others as much happiness as they bring me when I read them.

Getting a publishing contract for a debut collection is a wonderful opportunity. How did this all happen for you?

The poems in the book are drawn from my entry manuscripts for the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. I entered this competition in 2011 and 2012 and was named as a runner up in this prestigious award both years. At last year’s Queensland Poetry Festival I got talking to Ralph Wessman from Tasmania ’s Walleah Press and he expressed interest in publishing my two shortlisted manuscripts. So really it has become a ‘best of’ those two manuscripts. I realise that I am extremely fortunate to be offered a publishing contract ‘out of the blue’ like that and I hope that it is a reflection of the hard work invested in the collection. It certainly helped balance the disappointment of being ‘bridesmaid’ two years in a row for the Shapcott Prize! Working with Walleah Press has been extremely enjoyable, and the books are really lovely.

What are you most looking forward to about the SpeedPoets launch?

I am most looking forward to sharing some poems from the book with my friends from the Brisbane poetry scene. It is nice to launch it at the new home of SpeedPoets and quite fitting seeing as my first foray into performance poetry was several years ago at SpeedPoets. SpeedPoets is almost like a ‘family’ so I am very much looking forward to it.

VPAbout Vanessa:

Vanessa Page is a Brisbane-based poet who hails from Toowoomba in Queensland . Her first manuscript, Memory Bone was shortlisted for the 2010 Press Press Prize and in 2011 and 2012 she was named runner-up in the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize for an unpublished manuscript. In April 2012 she launched her first micro-collection of poetry Feeding Paper Tigers through Another Lost Shark Press as part of the Brisbane New Voices series. Confessional Box is her first full-length collection of poetry.

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SpeedPoets is back for 2013!

Brisbane’s longest running poetry event, SpeedPoets, is back for its 13th year in a brand new home – The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley – on a brand new day – last Saturday of the month (starting in February).

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The Hideaway is a 100 capacity Bar and Music Venue, with a sophisticated vintage vibe, celebrating all that’s great in life – Good Coffee, Fine Wine, Craft Beer, Avant Garde Performance and Underground Sounds… and SpeedPoets can’t wait to christen it!

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To kick the year off, SpeedPoets hosts the second Brisbane launch of Vanessa Page’s full length debut, . Confessional Box. Vanessa read her very first poem at SpeedPoets some years ago, so it is exciting to be helping her book find its feet in the world.

The second feature will be none other than Sheish Money & Moveable Feast, filling the room with Sheish’s trademark booming voice and bluesy riffs. They’ve got a swag of new songs from the ‘off season’ and are ready to let rip!

Sheish

And SpeedPoets wouldn’t be the same without you… The Open Mic Section is what powers the event, so make sure you come packing a poem or two, you may just be named Call Back Poet of the month.

The Call Back Poet will have the honour of closing the day with a short reading as well as securing a feature spot at the last gig of 2013 and the opportunity to be named 2013 SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion.

There will also be the regular free zines and raffle, so make sure you are there to wish us happy 13th birthday!

Date: Saturday February 23
Time: Doors at 1:30pm with the Open Mic starting at 2pm
Where: The Hideaway, 188 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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SpeedPoets Open Mic Championships This Sunday!

That’s right, this Sunday is the big one… the event that has been building one ‘Call-Back-Poet’ at a time. At each monthly event, one poet was called back by the feature poets and now there are 8!

This Sunday November 4, these 8 poets – Jo Brooks, Carmen Leigh Keates, Marisa Allen, Andrew Phillips, Michael Cohen, Chloe Callistemon, Cameron Logan and Nicola Scholes – will take to the stage one last time to close the year, with one to be named ‘2012 SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion‘. And let’s not forget, there is $300 in cash up for grabs… so without a doubt each of the poets will be bringing the fire.

And to add to this mini festival of words, winner of the 2012 Dorothy Porter Poetry Prize, Stuart Cooke, will hit the mic to read his winning poem. And let’s face it, it wouldn’t be SpeedPoets without the guitar roar of Sheish and Giselle, our poetry raffle and the free monthly zine.

Yes, it’s going to be massive!

So make sure you are there to get your last shot of ‘SpeedPoets’ for the year and to find out what changes are ahead in 2013!

Date: Sunday November 4
Location: Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City)
Time: 2pm – 4:30pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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October Call Back Poet: Nicola Scholes

Well, it’s been decided! The eight Call-Back-Poets for SpeedPoets 2012 are Jo Brooks, Carmen Leigh Keates, Marisa Allen, Michael Cohen, Andrew Phillips, Chloe Callistemon, Cameron Logan and… Nicola Scholes. Here’s the poem Nicola took out the October event with!

My Father Flies

in on Friday out on Sunday
he has hospital on Wednesday
so he’ll meet the tradesman
and mow the lawn on Thursday
providing they’ll let him out
(they will)

My father flies
in on Friday
he will fill the fridge
plan the meals
check the mail
pay the bills

Mum says rest! and
my father flies
off the handle
he has done his tax
booked his seat
bought the milk for Grandma
charged the battery in Mum’s car
while we’ve been asleep

He is so close
to retiring

After he has tanked-up
we will go out for lunch
we will have an ice-cream
and look at the sea

they will cut his hair
they will clean his skin
they will plan a meal

My father flies
out on Sunday
he will give me the eggs
he will give me the lettuce
he will give me the tomatoes
they will all go off

When he returns
the passionfruit from his tree
will be on the ground, waiting

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Nicola Scholes is the author of Dear Rose, which won the 2009 “Dreams Ain’t Broken” Small Change Press Chapbook Competition. Nicola’s poems have also been published in various anthologies, books, magazines, and journals, including The Australian Library Journal, The Broadkill Review (USA), Cordite Poetry Review, Finger, Forge (USA/UK), Hecate, Hibiscus and Ti-Tree: Women in Queensland (Hecate Press, 2009), holland1945, Page Seventeen, Poems in Perspex: Max Harris Poetry Award 2007 (Lythrum Press, 2008), Social Alternatives, Stylus Poetry Journal, and Verity La. Nicola performed at Queensland Poetry Festival in 2011, 2009, and 2008, and has also been an actor in Brisbane community theatre. She has published two articles on Beat poet Allen Ginsberg as a part of her current PhD research: “Adapting Kali: Allen Ginsberg’s ‘Stotras to Kali Destroyer of Illusions” in U.S. Studies Online, and “The Difficulty of Reading Allen Ginsberg’s Kaddish Suspiciously” in M/C Journal.

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Each of these 8 poets will perform a short set at the Sunday November 4 SpeedPoets gig and one of them will take away the $200 cash prize and the title, SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion 2012. I will be posting a short feature on each of them in the lead up to the event over at Another Lost Shark. Roll on November!

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September Call Back Poet: Cameron Logan

With less than a week to go until the October event, it is with great excitement that I post the feature on the September Call Back Poet, Cameron Logan. Cameron’s impassioned reading of his poem IPSWICH, had the crowd hollering  and grabbed the attention of everyone in the room!

If you want to join Jo Brooks, Carmen Leigh Keates, Marisa Allen, Michael Cohen, Andrew Phillips, Chloe Callistemon & Cameron, don’t miss the gig this Sunday (October 7 @ Brew, 2:30pm – 5pm) as the final Call Back Poet for the year will be named. So bring your finest to the mic and let the words make the air swirl. Sign for the open mic starts at 2pm!

Now, over to Cameron:

IPSWICH
Pearl of cities! Depending of course on the value of the pearl in question, whether the value of the pearl is greater than or equal to the value of Brisbane!
IPSWICH
Oldest city in Queensland! Old that is from a human perspective but taken in the grand scheme of the universe and everything in it is barely greater than a speck of dust in the desert!
IPSWICH
King of railway! That is assuming that railways have kings! Dynasties! Royal families! Courtly protocol! The Feudal System! That is assuming that freight trains are the proletariet and passenger trains are the bourgeoisie! Perhaps the trains are all actually Republicans!
IPSWICH
Home of an excellent art gallery that is both artistic and excellent and possibly a number of other adjectives also though one must not be too specific when it comes to art!
IPSWICH
Home of a thriving cafe culture! Though that’s not to say that cafes have their own languages, customs and migration patterns!
IPSWICH
Home to many great bush poets and also a few bad ones!
IPSWICH
Home of the free, and home of the brave, and also home to those who are both, and also home to those who are neither, and also home to those who believe that freedom and bravery are subjective variables, and also home to whoever it was who stole my car tires twice!
IPSWICH
Where the pubs are heritage listed, to ensure that future generations can get drunk and say they are contributing on a cultural level!
IPSWICH
Home of a shopping mall that everyone pretends to hate even though they really don’t ’cause it’s trendy to complain about urban sprawl!
IPSWICH

I like Ipswich.

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Cameron is a hybrid of farm labourer and perpetual arts degree monkey. He enjoys slam poetry, page poetry and most garden varieties of spoken word. He likes long walks across arctic tundra and shouting at people in cafes. In his spare time he tries to think of the least original thought in the world.

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Koraly Dimitriades launches into SpeedPoets this Sunday October 7!

I mentioned recently that SpeedPoets was featuring two Melburnians this month… and I am pleased to announce that joining Peter Bakowski will be Koraly Dimitriades. Koraly is in Brisbane as part of a national tour, to launch the Deluxe Edition of her debut collection, Love & Fuck Poems.

Here’s a hit of Koraly’s work to get you primed for the gig:

SpeedPoets, Sunday October 7, 2:30pm – 5:00pm, Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, The City)

Wog Woman Writer (what it’s like)

On one side, the wogs:
I go to Mum’s house, proceed to proclaiming
my recent publication in a literary journal
to which she asks if I’ve vacuumed my house.
If I ask her if she’s heard me, she will respond with
details of how my divorce which took place
two years ago, ruined her life.

I leave the room but I love her.
She came on the boat
nowhere to go but marriage,
sometimes she didn’t even have food
in the village where she grew up.

On the other side, the publishing giants:
Submitting your manuscript to a publisher
Being praised for the story, well developed characters
Strong story arc, but that the manuscript lacks ‘literary merit.’
Scanning the list of contributor names to journals or
funding recipients for Arts Victoria and struggling
to find a surname that looks wog,
waiting for an incision in the Aussie literary voice
the bright light that might tear in the fabric

Blogging for a left-wing journal
finally feeling like you’re being recognised
that you’re writing is worth something
only to be sacked and amounting to nothing
but slave-labour words on a computer screen
replaced with big-shot Aussie Phd names
that you sound nothing like, and never will
(or sometimes you consider changing your voice)

explaining to Dad what happened
Dad, sitting me down comfortingly,
shaking his head and responding ‘Ithes?’ See?
‘Now I hope you think very hard
about returning to your job as a programmer.’

I lower my head

sending my ‘Wog’ YouTube video out to family,
telling them the situation, getting no response
except for one sister saying ‘I don’t do wog poems’
and asking me to take her off my email list,
loving her so much I feel her humiliation

Going to her house later in the week
where she plays me YouTube videos of
So Tiri, a Greek-American musician
rapping about feta and bread and Avgolemoni soup
who has millions of hits on his YouTube,
the sinking reality that most of my wog generation
prefer this, Wog Boy and My Big Fat Greek Wedding films
than stories revealing the shit layered under the cultural carpet
Most wogs haven’t even read Christos Tsiolkas
If they have it’s only because he made it
and therefore there must be merit, in what he has to say

Speaking my mind like a wog, my voice too raw
too confronting, too fused with emotion
I consider a Phd nightmare to flatten out my voice
but I’m stuck in single mum slum,
the odds against me because I have a cunt
and I have no trust, in the literary system, anymore

Sometimes I consider presenting myself
to the nearest publishing house,
palms pressed together as if in prayer
and asking if they please wouldn’t mind
stitching my hands shut so I can neither write nor type
(I will provide them with the needle and thread)

While the editor and publisher boil tea in preparation
I will continue to pray, for a miracle
When they return with their English china
and sympathetic faces, threading the needle
I will begin to tremble and cry
and they will comfort me

There, there, Koraly, we understand
We understand it’s been hard, it’s okay

The first stich will hurt the most, but to distract myself
I will confess to them every single rejection
as they stitch each pair of fingers together,
the hardships of having to subscribe to journals
to be considered for publication, running out of money
having less success with publication, the more confronting I get

There, there, Koraly, we understand
We’re almost done, just the pinky fingers left…

After I’m done confessing, I will recite poetry
until they’re finished and they can marvel
at my exotic verse as the blood drips from my hands
and onto the pages of their next publication

A book by Mr John Smith

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Koraly Dimitriadis is a Melbourne based Cypriot-Australian writer of poetry, short stories and novels. Her work has been published widely. She is a spoken word radio presenter and an Australian poetry café poet. The success of her zine, Love and Fuck Poems, available nationally and internationally, led her to publish Love and Fuck Poems: The Deluxe edition which she will be unveiling on the day as part of her national tour.

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August Call Back Poet: Chloë Callistemon

I’ve been a bit slow off the mark with getting this post up, but here goes… the Call Back Poet in August was Chloë Callistemon, selected by our sadly departed, Poet-in-Residence, a.rawlings.

There is now only one Call Back Poet to be named at our October event – Sunday October 7 at Brew – so start sharpening that poem… the November event, where all of the Call Back Poets return to the stage is going to be something to behold, with one of them being named SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion for 2012 and walking away with $200 cash in their pocket!

But I digress… let’s get back to Chloë and her poem!

Monstera

Wings blur, fanned vans beating
a twitchy path through the arching necks and
swaying heads of monstera fronds. A girl
crouches in the darkest shade, watching the wrens
dart home to a cup of grass, spider web, lint,
and blond hair (hers).

Tiny orange gullets pulse with hunger,
voices strained in a hissing whine only parents
could love. She has been watching them for
weeks, spying from the lush green.
She saw the tiny eggs in their blond nest
and waited. Deciding.

She saw the tiny chicks, so like
all the abandoned, pushed chicks she rescued,
then watched die, despite her cradling of the softest
feathers, the frailest bodies, the most fragile fluttering
pulses; despite honey and meal fed from pipettes,
despite the hunts

for flies and spiders. These parents
stuff the mouths of two of many and dart back
into the blinding open sky — none pushed, none
abandoned. She watches the struggling hollow of
half-formed feathers. All sound is burned away
by the midday sun,

except the endless tick of crickets
and the whine of chicks. She edges closer and reaches
for the nest. She pauses, looks around, and
tucks one foot behind a root. She takes a
ragged breath and holds it, closes her eyes
and leans. She falls

and feels feathers and hair and
opens her eyes and lets out breath with a choke.
She stares at her opening hand and in it — grass and
spider web and lint and bond hair (hers) — till she hears,
over the pounding of blood, the purr of wings blurring,
fanned vans beating

unsteady paths through the arching necks
and swaying heads of monstera fronds, and sees
the fledglings explode from the shade, into the bleached
sky and a wash of sweet salt.

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Chloë Callistemon can be found more often behind a camera than a mic but occasionally puts away her lenses and pulls words instead. Her writing can be found in odd corners and folds and she is quite chuffed to be amongst some wonderful poets part of a project genuinely trying to do something — Harry Owen’s upcoming anthology For Rhino in a Shrinking World. Follow the project or help at: http://rhinoanthology.wordpress.com/

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Peter Bakowski live at the October SpeedPoets

SpeedPoets is proving to be a great stage for interstate and international travellers, and in October, we are fortunate to have two Melburnian’s heading our way. The first of our interstate guests, is award-winning poet, Peter Bakowski. Peter is will be on the road from September to December this year, so it is a real treat to have him feature at the October event.

So make sure that Sunday October 7 (2pm – 5:30pm at Brew) is inked into your diary, as seeing Peter up this way is an all too rare occasion!

Here’s a recent poem from Peter to brighten your screen!

A letter from Rebecca Cartello in Scarborough, England,
to her sister Carla in Longreach, Queensland, 15 December 1933

It’s winter here.
The trees stand stark.
The sky, bird-diminished,
is sullen with clouds.
I sold the last of my books
to buy nine tubes of paint.

What is seen, moves the blood,
I must honour on canvas.

When I cannot make a brushstroke or a colour
lift a painting,
I return to drawing
to remind my hand and eye
of curve, shape and shadow,
of what is present and suggested.

In life-drawing class
we’re sketching Alex,
an aspiring ballet dancer.
His body
crouches, leaps, spins,
both obeys and defies
Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake
playing on the gramophone.

The date of my exhibition has been set,
the first of April.
I hope the exhibition will be a success,
that each painting finds its rightful owner,
those who realize that a painting
may also be a mirror.

Please send me a photograph of your Adam.
Tell me more about him,
how he
reads the soil and sky,
joins you in prayer
for a child
and rain.

I’m not one for marriage,
am most alive when painting portraits,
patient with each sitter,
listening to their conversations,
watching where their hands rest,
how they look about the room,
as who they are
rises towards the lure
of my paintbrush.

I’ll close for today,
work further on my portrait
of the local butcher.
Must render the look in his eyes
when he raises his gleaming cleaver.

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Melbourne-born poet, Peter Bakowski writes clear, accessible poems, uses ordinary words to say extraordinary things. His poems have appeared in literary magazines worldwide and have been translated into nine languages. Peter has been writer-in-residence in Italy, France, China, Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.

He has self-organized and self-financed numerous poetry tours of Australia, some tours lasting three months, some tours covering 10,000 kilometres. Peter also gives poetry readings in private houses to groups of eight or more, anywhere in Australia or overseas.

His philosophy is to be alert to the world and to continue. For more information visit Peter’s blog.

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The October gig will also feature the regular delights of free zines, raffles, the guitar roar of Sheish Money and Brisbane’s hottest Open Mic Section. And let’s not forget that this is your last chance to take out one of the coveted Call-Back-Poet spots.

The Call Back Poet is selected by the monthly features and given the opportunity to perform a mini-feature to close the event (2 poems) as well as win the right to perform at the November gig and be in the running for cash prizes – $200 for the winner and $100 for the runner up – and the title SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion for 2012.

So bring your best to the mic!

SpeedPoets have been keeping poetry fast in Brisbane for more than a decade, so come along and take the ride!

Date: Sunday October 7
Location: Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City)
Time: 2pm – 5:30pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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Trudie Murrell takes the mic at SpeedPoets in September

That’s right, SpeedPoets keeps the poetry coming in Brisbane this Saturday, September 1, when they bring the words to Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City) from 2pm.

Joining our interstate feature, Andrew Galan at the mic, will be local lass Trudie Murrell. If you have not had the pleasure of hearing her stretch out into a longer set, then you are in for something special…

Here’s a quick of hit of words to get you excited!

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Bridled  

All day
just at the length
of my ear’s reach
a horse has been calling me.

High distant whinnies
speak to the muscles
of my neck, the edge of my
nostrils, raise my chin to the breeze.

How did it find me here, in the suburbs?
Luring me out from the kitchen
to where late summer rain traces
my shoulder blades, pools
at my navel.

I hear hooves on the
bitumen, feel my blood
rise to answer.

Trudie Murrell is a child of the tropics who now lives in Brisbane. Since 1988 she has been writing poetry, plays and short stories.  She is also teacher, performer and a parent of three children.

Her poems have been published in The Green Fuse, Macmillan English 9 for the Australian Curriculum, Cordite, SpeedPoets zine and on Another Lost Shark.  She’s featured at Black Star’s Words or Whatever, Confit Bistro’s Back Room, Jam Jar and Fresh at the Library and she is a regular reader at Speed Poets open mic.

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And don’t forget to come prepared for the Open Mic… only two Call-Back-Poet spots remain, so make sure you bring your best!

Date: Saturday September 1
Location: Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City)
Time: 2pm – 5:30pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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SpeedPoets Saturday September 1: Featuring Andrew Galan

After a spectacular weekend at QPF 2012, SpeedPoets keeps the poetry hit coming at Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City) from 2pm – 5:30pm. The month of September sees two two fine features take the stage; local lady, Trudie Murrell and interstate guest, Andrew Galan. So let’s check in with Andrew to find out a little more…

The upstairs food court writer in exile, Andrew Galan, has performed as part of the Corinbank, Canberra Fringe, This is Not Art, YouAreHere, and Australian National Folk festivals. His poetry has been included in The Best Australian Poems 2011, and published in the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. He performs with spoken word band The Tragic Troubadours, co-founded BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! with Hadley at The Phoenix Pub, and has a blog: Huitzilihuitl’s Reign of Death.

And here’s a hit of Andrew’s words:

The way we go

A comin’ home boys, ta’the land we use’ta’sleep in
hear it         that cartridge chorus shouldn’t be our canta’, rather
sound the Burger’s haven         with tight belt
for perfect hell    they’ve    we’ve    sent for
hollow points chip cinder, but don’t drop a tear
with small ships a’masonite
it’ll be a bucket’a’blood         for each tack from Tupperware
no tomorrow limes         I’m comin’ home
Frank Herbert’s blest         boys we’re comin’ home
so pack another lunch-box, nails brimmin’
primer for Fate, urea’ll light the night
fuse’ta’fit Foxtrot-Nine-One-Whiskey-One, this watch model’s sincere terror boys
hear the blade drum, they’re comin’         they’re comin’ for us.

Men, how many bullets can we fire?    hail to greet
a confessional         Frank Herbert’s blest
a ghastly crime         yell it men
tear these boys with lead         SWAT ‘em with cannonades
no fertiliser’s gunna save ‘em         see the roof lift
from blue jean ridden bum-bags         it’s the hour to answer,
never again         no repeat incarceration         zero time for games
not with guts intact, they’re not goin’ home, rather
right hands’ll stretch each face across a basketball for their families to ID
pop, you hear ‘em pop? To fat to escape instead they drop
ready then, let’s see how many end grinnin’         men we’re goin’ in.

No time boys    where are ya’Ballard?    for cars    for trucks
feel that in ya’guts    me guts    that’s the song ya’should be feelin’
not I, home, I’m still comin’ home         once from carillon temple city
through perfect hell         ta’sweet musk smilin’
shore, ya’saw it, descent’ta’burnin’ sands, ta’tangle bough with feet an’hands
that’s not the land i’m gunna rest in, feel those tears boys
Perkins, what the fuck are ya’doin’ here?
the jungle townhouse calls, it calls outside no Frank Herbert believer
i’m comin’ home         so tighten belts         we’re comin’ home
boys, pack another lunch-box, nails brimmin’
primer for Fate, urea’ll light the night
fuse’ta’fit Foxtrot-Nine-One-Whiskey-One; that watch model’s sincere terror
boys they’re comin’ in, hear timber’ta’metal, contact boys, they’re comin’ in.

Men, smash the lock         to sugar grove shore
they’re not goin’    you look lost boy, school’s that way    we’ll see spray
where head kisses ceilin’         no flash’n’bang
where palms splay metres         no grapple to save, save to hollow clip
where sandal stumps stick to floor         seven times men         in the face
no Frank Herbert believer, inside no martyrdom soldier, instead
each’s a tear in another mum’s eye as we swab her gums to confirm his demise
so cock your hammers         ground your lines         with rubber face
men, we’re goin’ in         these boys’ll be chockas with lead
pop, you hear ‘em pop? To fat to escape instead they drop
so crash the door, totem green’n’red hand men, we’re goin’ in.

For land to rest in
doesn’t matter how many cells are thrown away
agony, theirs, not ours
for the brew of skin between wood’n’tin
agony from the guts that end us
still each warms without prints’ta’press      ta’paradise
a comin’ home men, this is the way to go to war
a comin’ home boys, this is the way’ta go’ta war
Frank Herbert’s blest
this is the way      we go.

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The September gig will also feature the regular delights of free zines, raffles, the guitar roar of Sheish Money and Brisbane’s hottest Open Mic Section. And let’s not forget that all poets in the Open Mic are in contention to be named Call Back Poet of the month!

The Call Back Poet is selected by the monthly features and given the opportunity to perform a mini-feature to close the event (2 poems) as well as win the right to perform at the November gig and be in the running for cash prizes and the title SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion for 2012.

There are now only two Call-Back-Poet spots to be decided, so bring your best to the mic!

SpeedPoets have been keeping poetry fast in Brisbane for more than a decade, so come along and take the ride!

Date: Saturday September 1
Location: Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City)
Time: 2pm – 5:30pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation

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Electronic version of SpeedPoets Magazine March 2014

201403 - This is a link to the pdf version of last month’s magazine at SpeedPoets at The Hideaway

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MARCH 2014 SPEEDPOETS MAGAZINE

MARCH 2014 SPEEDPOETS MAGAZINE

50 copies ready and waiting for you, and packed with poems both local and international.

Pick up your copy from The Hideaway tomorrow, Saturday 29 March 2014.

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