A Taste of the Rainbow Region
Photos by Shane Kneipp.
Words by Uncle Rat
Last Sunday in March at the Kurilpa Poets we had a taste of the Rainbow Region, when we saw, heard and were conquered by our Feature Poet, the versatile Ms.Vasudha Harte with her wistful, wacky, wise and wonderful words.
She and her partner in musical crime, Jem Edwards, form the world renowned duo known as the Dinkum Bohos, who also provided the days Musical Backdrop. Wow. Were they good or what?!
Despite appearing to be in the grip of a hangover, Jem impressed as a versatile and professional musician who wouldn’t let a little thing like that affect his performance. Vasdudha herself has a powerful voice and her stage personae is just plain sweet. Together they’re magic.
Particularly favoured by the audience that day was one of Vasudhas poems set to a suitably sleazy lounge-jazz soundtrack, entitled “I Wanna be Toms Waitress“. The Great Man himself I’m sure would be impressed. The song appears on one of the Boho’s Cd’s and the words appear in Vasudhas just launched book of verse, the punningly entitled “You Near Verse”
In the Open Mic segments we saw Shane from the Brotherhood of the Wordless steal the show. The Brotherhood was started by the esteemed David Stavenger (an Honourary Kurilpa Poets member) who started a series of workshops for young people with autism or similar disabilities. The results have vindicated David’s Vision and patience.
Presenting his truly startling original poems with the assistance of his mother, Val, and esteemed Maverick entertainer Chris Maver, Shane’s verse is testimony to the Power of Poetry to give voice to the Wordless. We were honoured to have Shane share his work with us.
Chris M later favoured us by reading of a selection from his own powerful work.
The day ended with Kurilpa Secretary,the lovely Linda Loop, emerging from the kitchen to give us a reading from Charles Dickens, “David Copperfield”.
Thanks to Vasudha Hart, the Dinkum Bohos and everyone else who made it a great day.