Sunday, 2pm, 25th September
Its Spring once more and the Kurilpa Poets are once again undermining the Dominant Paradigm.
Yes, this month we attempt to subversify, diversify and reversify the Authoritarian tendencies of current Political practise and to liberate the Powers of Creativity.
So bring your Satires and Revolutionary screeds,
bring your acoustic guitar and protest songs,
bring your Visions for Utopia
and your grim warnings of Dystopia.
Joining us on the barricades as we Rage against the Machine, our Feature Poet this month is non-other than West End’s very own local Green Councillor and Poetic scourge of Developers, Jonathan SRI
Cr Sri was elected in March this year making him the first Greens candidate to be elected to a Queensland government.
The East Brisbane resident shocked conservative politicians when he closed his maiden speech at Brisbane City Hall with some heart-felt rap poetry about Brisbane’s changing social scene.
Since then he has delivered training for a direct action movement to peacefully blockade various inner city development projects.
“I’ll be sharing several poems about gentrification, housing affordability and the rapid transformation of West End, as well as pieces about racism, activism, love and life,” Cr Sri who is of Sri Lankan Tamil descent said.
“The poems will ask questions such as: How many people are sleeping outside? How many new apartments are still unoccupied?
“They will talk about sauropod construction cranes on every horizon, clattering jackhammers drowning out cicadas and nervous suburbanites building ever higher fences to hide from the relentless march of apartment
Kurilpa Poets president Reverend Hellfire said Cr Sri was a welcome voice in the clamour surrounding West End’s development.
“Kurilpa is currently a battleground of contending social forces, as the local Community battles the twin evils of Gentrification and Greed-head development,” he said.
“The election of Mr Sri has been an encouraging development, not only because he is a Green candidate, but because he is a performance poet as well.
“Happily too, he appears to be in the old tradition of the fire-breathing, ‘direct action’ style Green activists of yesteryear, like Drew Hutton, rather than the middle-class careerists currently infesting the party.”
Rev Hellfire said the councillor’s commitment to poetry was respected.
“Jonno’s been putting on his poetic and cultural events in Kurilpa for quite a while, which I think raised his profile in the community and contributed greatly to his election.”
Also on the programme that day will be the amazing voice
of local musical legend, Dawn Daylight,
our September Mystery Musician.
And of course there will be the usual Open Mic Sessions,
the crazed visuals of the Virtual Gallery, prizes, Free Food
and Refreshments, Free on-site parking
and the friendliest poetry crew in town!
See you at the Olde Croquet Club,
91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane,
in Sacred Musgrave Park!