SpeedPoets are counting down to their re-launch on Sunday May 1 at their brand new home, Brew, located in Lower Burnett Lane in the heart of the City. To celebrate, three fine Brisbane ladies will be taking centre stage; Charity Carleton (Ichabod’s Crane), Michelle Dicinoski and the lovely Carmen Leigh Keates.
Carmen received a commendation in the 2010 Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize for her poem ‘One Broken Knife’. She will be featured at the 2011 Queensland Poetry Festival, and will read poems from her verse novella Second-Hand Attack Dog. She is currently writing a new book of lyric poems as part of her PhD candidature at the University of Queensland.
Here’s a poem from Second Hand Attack Dog:
FRAGMENTS ARE RETURNING
My cousin Starry stitches up my eyebrow
after it explodes like a
little red rain cloud
from Derek clocking me with his guitar.
I say to Starry
(talking shit through the vodka and Acriflavine) —
You know us men and women,
we’re all the same, really.
frowning at her embroidery, says
O for sure, Rodney.
Just the other day I was thinking to myself:
‘Gee I wish I could pay a dude to screw me
after I’ve watched him dance around in the nude for a bit’.
And it wouldn’t be SpeedPoets without the live sounds of Sheish Money, the regular raffles & giveaways + Brisbane’s hottest Open Mic Section, so make sure you are there to celebrate our move across the bridge, into the heart of the city. Keep your eyes on the site for details of our other feature artists in the coming weeks.
Date: Sunday May 1
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Place: Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City
Entry: Gold Coin Donation