LAST EXIT, Sunday 24th November

THE KURILPA POETS

present

“LAST EXIT”

Sunday, 24th November 2019, 2pm

featuring

2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup Winner

DAMIEN BECKER

and Mystery Musician of the Month

JEM SPARKLES

plus at no extra cost, Poetic Firebrand

DR JOHN JIGGENS

launching his latest publication,

a slim volume of verse,

eclectically entitled;

“For the Dan O’Neill School

of Disembodied Poetics”

Copies will be available at the door for purchase.

Author’s signature at no extra cost!

plus

*Two (2) Open Mic Sessions*

(bring a Poem or Story to share

or just bring your ears to hear)

*The VIRTUAL GALLERY*

(Mad Artistic Visions galore!)

*Free Onsite parking * Free food & Refreshments.*

Entry $8/$5 members

All Friendly Folk Welcome

We also encourage the community minded

to bring a plate or bottle or packet

of something nice to share.

But more importantly, just bring yourself

and don’t miss this final opportunity for 2019 to escape the humdrum monotony of the daily grind with

the Kurilpa Poets’ End of Year Event,

“LAST EXIT”

on Sunday, 24th November at

The Olde Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane

In the shade of sacred Musgrave Park

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2019 KURILPA POETRY CUP REVIEW

2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Photo Review

It was a Brilling Day, and there were certainly at least a handful of borogroves out there on the Wabe, but as to whether they were gimbling or gyring, it was impossible to say at that distance.

Meanwhile the Poets were gathering in their numbers inside the Old Croquet Club at sacred Musgrave Park for the running of the fabulous Kurilpa Poetry Cup.

This was the Seventh occasion that the Cup has been run & won and thirteen talented Poets lined up at the track this year to compete for the honour of winning this fabulous

Literary Artefact, long reputed to possess Mystical Powers.

We were fortunate to have as Feature Poet and esteemed Poetic Judge this year, non-other than our very own local City Councillor, noted Political Maverick & Poetic Firebrand,

Mr Jonothan SRI.

Rousing the Rabble, Mr Jono Sri

It was also an emotional occasion for the regular crew, as this was to be our last monthly event held at the old Croquet Club, where we have had so many memorable Events over recent years. But all things change, and current President Cam has already taken steps to find us a new home, and so we shake off the nostalgia like a dog that’s just come bounding out of the Sea, and look forward to the Future with bright &eager eyes.

The REV smiting the ungodly

Straight up out of the gates was former Kurilpa President, the Reverend Hellfire. This was the first time the Rev has been able to participate in the Cup himself due to ‘conflict of interest’ issues in previous years, but now out of Office, he was keen to take this opportunity to demonstrate his poetic prowess, with a wandering shaggy dog story covering Magic, Flying Saucers and SCUD missiles, (amongst other things) that took him through to the Second Round.

The erudite & fertile Fiona Privitera

Following the Rev was another firm favourite with the Water Rats, non-other than Fiona Privitera herself, on this occasion accompanied by her onboard passenger. (editors note; said Passenger has since arrived. Mother & Child are doing well) Fi was the Kurilpa Poetry Cup winner herself a couple of years back and her poetry has the ability to be both clinical and emotional and though invariably delivered quietly, it always packs a kick. Her selection for this occasion won her a well deserved place in the Final round.

Next up was Paul Dobbyn with a humorous conversational/observational poem with Beetlesque overtones that landed him in Christchurch with a cracked skull.

Paul Dobbyn points the way forward

Gentleman Poet, Mr Michael Vaughan then took the stage to deliver in a quiet but confident tones a perfectly phrased Love poem in the sonnet form, framed, as is his wont, with appropriate quotations.

Though this was apparently the first time Hayley P. aka “Pixxigutzz” has ever read in public, she took to the stage and delivered her angst-laden but feisty verse with a verve & confidence that took her on to the finals. PG indeed!

Next up, that Dynamo of Dyslexia, the ever popular SAVANU, demonstrating the gentle art of using “found objects” from your environment (eg signs, menus, etc) to construct poems. If that sounds confusing, believe me, it all adds up..to $39.60 on this occasion, apparently. SAV knows.

Next up was TREEBEARD, who had travelled all the way from Arnhem Land to be with us, a rapping Daedalus from the Desert seamlessly delivering a Tripping Tap-dancing rap at impressive length. Perhaps he learned the circular breathing technique for playing didgereedoo while up in the Territory? Whatever, his powerful performance took him to the next round.

Our Visual Arts Director, Shane K then stepped forth to demonstrate his skills in a different Medium from his usual oeuvre, delivering us a charming piece of whimsy concerning a Cats Dream, that won the Judges heart and took Shane thru to the finals.

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Also demonstrating unsuspected talents was David, Cello Player extraordinary and known musical associate of of the lovely JEM SPARKLES, explaining (on general principles) why,

I will not become a member.

Joining us all the way from Murwillumbah was Damien Becker,

a member of local outfit there, the Poetry Out Loud Crew, I believe. Damien gave us a thoughtful & moving meditation on Art, the Environment, and what we will leave for our Grandchildren, that drew sustained applause from the audience and earned him a place in the Final Round.

Local Legend, the “Loaded Dog” was up next, delivering an appropriately Lawson-esque Diss on the chicanery of Modern Day Politicians. A Poet with bite!

Twas good to see Nigel Q return to the Kurilpa Poets stage again.

He told us an archetypal tale,

entertaining us with the antics of our local Cops & Robbers.

Wrapping up the First Round was FLO, a young chap with a French accent, who accompanied himself on the keyboards to croon to us an atmospheric Cabaret style poem. Wow! It was great, and a fitting way to cap off the Opening Round.

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So then it was break time and whilst the Poets chatted and ate and made merry, up on stage Jem SPARKLES shimmered and shone, stomping & moaning and growling and purring her up-beat selection of Original tunes and Seventies favourites. When she kicked into “Ring of Fire” the Rev could hold back no longer and falling to his knees at Jem’s feet, sang an impassioned accompaniment to the second verse.

Young David on Cello soared industriously away, ably supporting Jem’s pyro-technics with a magnificent humm & thrumm. The two muso’s wove a rich full sonic tapestry to enfold us in.

Fittingly for this, our final gig at the Croquet Club, Jem ended her last set with a Stirling rendition of Jimmy Morrison & the Doors doom laden classic, “The End” and left the stage to rapturous applause.

Next up it was time for our esteemed, elected local representative

Kurilpa Cup Judge, Mr Jonothan Sri to stretch his poetic legs.

He clearly enjoyed the opportunity to get back to his poetic roots,

and delivered a powerhouse set, passionate and visionary.

Jono knows his material by Heart, for it comes from the Heart, and he delivers in a style both precise & well articulated and somehow at the same time, conversational. No doubt about it, as a Performance Poet he is up there with the best.

Whilst outside the Plovers screeched in accompaniment

inside Jono declaimed “Change is coming to Brisbane”,

railing with the fervour of an old Testament Prophet

and the audience responded with their own fervour.

Councillor SRI in action

For the final round Jono selected 6 poets to deliver a second poem;

Treebeard, Shane K., Damien Becker, The Reverend Hellfire, Fi and Ms Pixxiegutzz.

All six deserved their place in the second Round, and as Jono admitted, there were a couple more who could easily have been selected. Yes, the poetic quality was high that day, the content was eclectic and varied, and overall I didn’t hear a single dud poem.

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Reverend Hellfire led off with his own Epic of Environmental Angst, laden with prophetic foreboding. Damien Becker delved into the deeply personal to discover the archetypal. Shane K had Death itself nibbling at his buttocks, Treebeards’ reflected ruminations proved to be conclusively inconclusive, and MZ PixxieGutz confirmed her reputation as the articulate voice of Teen Angst, while Fi’s gentle tale spoke to us of the quiet joys of Domestic Bliss, Love and Food. Especially the Food.

Linda surveys the art of the enigmatic Shane K.

And so it was Judgement Hour. Various Public Service Announcements of Interest filled the brief interlude, as our worthy Judge tallied his notes, flipped coins, and prepared his Alibis. Meanwhile Visual Arts Director Shane K was subjected to questioning over his Art, which was featuring on the Virtual Gallery for the occasion.

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I didn’t envy Jono his task. Judging Poetry performances is fraught with peril at the best of times. How much weight should be given to the Delivery?..to the Content?..to the Skill shown in the construction, to the “Punch” of the Poem itself, the immediate visceral Hit of Recognition when a poem is saying it & laying it down True?

Starting with the Judges’ Traditional Opening Remarks on the Difficulty of their Task, Jono when on to thoughtfully and generously review the Work presented that day. But in the end, as they say, there can only be One Winner (well, actually one year we had Two winners, and ever since then we’ve kept a spare Cup to one side..just in case) and in this particular instance, it was our Journeyman Poet from across the Tweed, Mr Damien Becker who won the day with his alchemically constructed poetry that amalgamated the Personal with the Political

and distilled it into the Philosophical.

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Showing that the Judges instincts weren’t entirely amiss,

it was then revealed that Damien was also this years winner of the People’s Choice Award! This is the first time that a competing Poet has collected both Prizes simultaneously, so Damien can truly claim to have won both Critical and Popular acclaim.

(One of Damien’s prize winning poems will be appearing shortly on this site.)

All in all it was indeed a fabulous occasion, and a fitting goodbye to the old Croquet Club which has provided us with such a fine home for so long. Thanks to all the Poets, all the Listeners and everyone who contributed to make it such a memorable occasion.

just the usual assortment of ratbags & nogoodnoks

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Words- Unckle Rat

Pictures; Shane K (mostly)

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Kurilpa Poets Open Mic – Featuring THE TAPELOOPS – 29/September

That’s right, folks!

Though Spring has sprung and the heat of the Sun beats down upon us,

the Kurilpa Poets can never be beaten!

Join us this Sunday 29th September

at The Lucky Duck Cafe

for our “Famous Open Mic”,

as well as a set by Brisbane old-school poet-punk-anarcho-rebel-mindbending-storyteller musos,

THE TAPELOOPS!

The Tapeloops, living legends amongst us today

Brisbane’s original sonic prophets’

Reverend Hellfire, Linda Loop and John Treason

have been busily working away on a mysterious secret project, and now they’ve returned to again break the molds and clast the icons that we hold dear!

Be afraid!

Be very afraid!

Be sure to come to

The Luck Duck Cafe

(15 Gladstone Road, Highgate Hill, just a short walk from South Bank Station.)

From 1pm this Sunday,

the 29th of September.

And as always:

“Bring your voice,

and bring your Bitter Words & Sweet!”

Join the Reverend Hellfire & The Tapeloops., at the Lucky Duck

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Kurilpa Poets @ the Lucky Duck – Sunday, 28th July

Good day, citizens!

The Kurilpa Poets Open Mic

RETURNS tomorrow afternoon!!

Yes tomorrow, that’s;

SUNDAY JULY 28th

at a brand new venue!

That’s right – the fine folks at the

Lucky Duck Bar and Cafe have kindly agreed to let us strut our stuff in their laid-back environs. This time around we’ll be having two rounds of open mic, and also possibly a keyword writing challenge.

Be advised, we will be starting a little earlier than usual. Details are as follows:

Sunday, 28th July

1:30 – 3:30 p.m

Lucky Duck Bar and Cafe –

15 Gladstone Road, Highgate Hill

(Please note – unlike the Croquet Hall, this is a licensed venue, so please don’t bring your own alcohol)

Hope to see you all there!

Join the Reverend Hellfire & Co., at the Lucky Duck

(Also – the Kurilpa Cup PHOTO Review is on the way soon. Keep watching the skies.)

“Water Rats at the Lucky Duck! X@*!!

Update: Kurilpa Poets, 28th July

Good evening, kindly citizens!

After a hard three weeks of scrying, the High Council of the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity have located a venue for the July Open Mic (better late than never, as it goes).

Yessum, we shall meet again at the LUCKY DUCK CAFE & BAR, located in Highgate Hill!

This lovely venue has hosted many poets in the past, and they have graciously agreed to host us for our July gig.

So watch the skies! Stay tuned for more details, coming very soon……..

“Unsuspected Artist” of the Month; SHANE K

ARTIST OF THE MONTH

SHANE K

The enigmatic Director of Visual Arts steps forward this month to show us his etchings!

And his doodlings & scratchings & scribblings & inkings and daubings!

Yes he’s a versatile chap is our Shane, forever experimenting & exploring in an effort to expand the parameters of his Visual Lexicon. Further to that, his knowledge of Art appears to be encyclopedic. As the Kurilpa Poets’ highly esteemed Director of all things artistic & visual, Shane has been the person responsible for filling the Big Screen of our Virtual Art Gallery with a staggering array of artistic talents, from struggling, local newcomers, and obscure, old genius’s long-ago rotted in their garrets, to the Big Names of Art History as well, often shining a light on the more shadowy parts of their careers.

His penchant for playing early, black & white, surrealist experimental films has also provided an interesting counterpoint to the Poetry erupting on stage,

many’s the time a pleasant congruency of Word and Image has occured unlooked for as a result.

We thought it only fitting therefore, that Shane himself take the spotlight as the Unsuspected Artist of the Month, for this our final, monthly Kurilpa Poets gig at the olde Croquet Club.

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to witness a choice selection of the work of one of Brisbanes’ greatest “Unsuspected Artists”!

So see you 2pm this Sunday, 30th June

at the Kurilpa Poetry Cup

91 Cordelia Street, West End

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2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup! Line Up & Rules

Line Up & Rules for the fabulous

2019 KURILPA POETRY CUP

Sunday 30th June, 2pm

with Feature Poet & Guest Judge

JONATHAN SRI

& Mystery Musician

JEM SPARKLES

Ooh it Sparkles!

& the unsuspected Artistry of

SHANE K

the enigmatic Shane K

Master of Ceremonies

CAM LOGAN

Yes once again the Kurilpa Poetry Cup is upon us,

a chance for all local Vocals & vociferous Versifiers to strut their stuff

and win fabulous prizes, including, of course,

the multi-purpose magnificence of the CUP itself,

as well as the traditional Bottle of Wine,

a Loaf of Bread & a Book of Verses,

and a small cash prize of $50,

plus a number of other subsidiary prizes to be awarded

to sundry contestants at the discretion of our esteemed Judge.

Jonno at Kurilpa poets 2016

JUDGE JONATHAN

This year we are honoured to have help with the Judging duties for the KP CUP, non-other than our very own Political Firebrand and Poetic Maverick, local Greens councillor, Jonathan SRI.

Jonno has always been a keen supporter of the Kurilpa Poets and Poetry in general. Indeed, he is a polished and articulate poetic performer in his own right, and we look forward to his return appearance at the Croquet Club for the 2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup.

Judging Poetry can be a difficult business, (Poets have been known to bve overly sensitive!) and we thank Jonno for taking the time out from his busy schedule to take on yet another “civic duty”.

2013 kurilpa cup

The guidelines are pretty much the same as in previous years..

KURILPA POETRY CUP GUIDELINES

*There is no fee for competing in the Cup.

*Sign up is from 1.45.

*The first round will start approx 2.20.

*A number of finalists will be selected to go on to the final round, so have at least 2 two poems prepared.

*You can use props or musical instruments or assistants.

*There is not usually a time limit, but if there are a large number of entrants we may have to ration out reading time on the day. We therefore advise keeping yr poems under the 4 minute mark.

The Winning Poet will be showered with prizes, these being;

*An elegant, re-purposed Trophy (reputed to possess Mystical Powers!)

*A handsome certificate suitable for framing or wrapping fish

*$50 in cash,

and of course, the traditional

*Loaf of Bread, Jug of Wine and Book of Verses.

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There will also be a Peoples Choice Award, and worthy competing Poets this year may be awarded various other trinkets for their efforts as the Judges whim or fancy dictates.

For those interested in learning more about the origins and history of this Iconic Event, the Reverend Hellfire has produced an historical monograph, which can be read

at;

https://reverendhellfire.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/a-true-history-of-the-kurilpa-cup/ 

Kurilpa Cup 2019

Hear ye, hear ye, ratbags and misfits of Kurilpa!

(and Brisbane Poetry in general).

The time is nigh once again for the fabled

Kurilpa Poetry Cup

2018 kURILPA pOETRY cUP GLOW

The previous year’s cup, (rumoured to hold mystical powers)…

 

Stay tuned, gentlefolk, as the final details for this noble tradition of the spoken word are even now taking shape. An esteemed guest poet will shortly be

hunted

 

corralled

invited to act as judge for the day’s contest, which will see entrants competing not only for the fabulous Kurilpa Cup itself, but also for the associated subsidiary prizes traditionally presented to the winner, these being;

a jug of wine, a loaf of bread and a book of verse.

There will also be some cash and some handsome certificates presented not just to the Winner but to the Runners Up to commemorate their Triumph, and indeed there will be a general grab bag of prizes to be presented, as whim and fancy dictates, to competing poets on the day.

So get ready, Brisbane! Gird your loins, sharpen your teeth and bring your bitter words! Bring your sweet sonnets! Bring your sarcastic satires!

Bring your sonorous Odes!

Sunday, 30th June,

Door Opens 2pm with our

 Mystery Musician of the Month!!!

at the West End Croquet Club,

91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane.

More details TBA soon!

2018 KPcup

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Kurilpa Open Mic – Sunday 26th May, 2pm

Kurilpa Presents…

 

The Official ‘Back to Basics’ Poetry Deprivation Chamber!

 

Well, not exactly.

Due to some very tricky circumstances, Kurilpa have been unable to secure Feature Poets nor Muscians for this month’s gig.

However!

In its place we shall still be entertained! Our usual Extended Open Mic and afternoon tea spread shall be in evidence, as well as a Random Writing Theme!

Yes, that’s right. Tomorrow we shall play a little game… a spontaneous poetry game, to stimulate our little grey cells.

So, all together now!

2pm, Sunday the 26th of May

West End Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane

Bring a plate to share, and bring your weird words!

Be there, or be somewhere far less interesting!

 

Kurilpa Poets Open Mic – Sunday, 26th May

That which is not dead, can eternal lie.

And within strange aeons, even death may die.

But the Kurilpa Poets ain’t dead yet, folks!

That’s right! Though the country is still reeling from the slings and arrows of outrageously unexpected election results, we’ll be there as always to sling a little mud (and hopefully some words too).

So gird your loins, Brisbane! Make steely your sinews and prepare for poetry!

The particulars, as always:

2pm, Sunday the 26th of May

West End Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane

More details await as the fog begins to clear, so stay tuned, fine citizens!