SpeedPoets’ April event is going to blow out the Easter cobwebs. Moved back a week to Saturday April 14, SpeedPoets will deliver the regular delights of free zines, raffles, the roaring guitar of Sheish Money and Brisbane’s hottest Open Mic Section. And let’s not forget the Call Back Poet, selected by the monthly features to return to the stage and perform a mini set to close the day. The Call Back Poet also wins the right to perform at the last gig of 2012 and be in the running for cash prizes and the title SpeedPoets Open Mic Champion for 2012. So yes, make sure you come prepared!
One of the feature poets for the month of April is emerging voice, Ella Jeffery. Ella’s poetry and short fiction have appeared in literary journals Stilts and Rex, and QUTE magazine. She was born on the far north coast of New South Wales, moved to Brisbane in 2009 and then to San Diego, California, in 2010. She is now back in Brisbane and studies creative writing at QUT. As a taste of what’s to come, here’s a new poem from Ella.
I make a cup of tea, while you
sleep on the veranda.
The ants are wild over plates
still sitting there from last night’s meal.
It’s late. I take a teaspoon
from the wire rack
and run it under cold water
to wash off the three or four ants
which are climbing it.
the water bears their bodies
kindly through the dark passages
under this house, the one
we’ve always shared.
Date: Saturday April 14 (Note: Second Saturday of the month in April only)
Location: Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City)
Time: 2pm – 5:30pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation