“FRIENDLY FIRE”, Sunday 29th April, 2pm

FRIENDLY FIRE!

SUNDAY, 29th APRIL, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane

April, Month of Fools parades pompously into the room,

declaiming Heroic Verse, slips on a banana peel, turns a somersault and explodes into verbal fireworks while simmering word-bombs & Creative Bursts blast forth as the Kurilpa Poets presents the third our Elemental themed events,

exploring the Mysteries of the fiery Element.

Never mind. One has to expect a certain amount of collateral casualties when you’re featuring such artists as the REVEREND HELLFIRE, JEM SPARKLES and, all the way up from Melbourne, for one show only, Mr Suave himself,

SASHA CUHA!

Sasha has been very busy in Melbourne down with a wide variety of creative projects so we’re extremely pleased he’s found the time to put in one of his rare Brisbane appearances.

On this occasion Sash will be dashing in and doing a mix of spoken word and original musical pieces. An intelligent writer of words, an intense performer of music, don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch up on the latest out-pourings from this talented artist.

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REVEREND HELLFIRE

Taking a break from MC duties, the Rev will be taking us on a Trip thru the Underworld to visit the Poetic Greats of the Past! Yes from Homer to Dylan Thomas, Baudelaire and Beyond, the Reverend will be invoking the Spirits of Dead Poets and seeking their Inspiration before your very eyes! Dante eat your Heart Out! Who needs Virgil for a guide thru the Underworld when you have the Reverend Hellfire!

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JEM SPARKLES

presents the West End Launch

of her fabulous, new EP

“BEAUTIFUL LIFE”

This is the Sparkly One’s first recorded product, containing four of her own, original songs. She has the knack of writing catchy/classic tunes with simple but heart-felt lyrics and we’re certainly looking forward to hearing her perform the new songs from Beautiful Life at the Croquet Club this Sunday.

Not sure what format/s BEAUTIFUL LIFE is being made available in (CD? Download? Wax Cylinders? Cuneiform Clay Tablets?) but copies of this artifact will be available for purchase and autographing I am reliably informed.

The Virtual Gallery’s Big Screen will be featuring the sometimes disturbingly domestic Art of talented American Impressionist painter and printmaker,

Mary Cassatt

Expect lots of glowing, idealised, Impressionist mother and childe style portraits. (eds note: Personally I find some of her stuff strange, even a bit creepy..is she subverting paradigms or reinforcing patriarchal stereo-types of women? Or did she just paint what she saw? Our Visual Arts Director no doubt, will explain all and assuage my concerns.)

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As always there’ll be Free Food & Refreshments, Free Onsite Parking, Two Open-Mic Sessions, Friendly Company, Great Music and thought provoking Words. All this and more for a mere $5! Come and join us this Sunday ‘neath the sacred trees of Musgrave Park.

As always we encourage the community-minded to bring a bottle or a packet or a plate of something nice along to add to the Feast. We also encourage people to bring something to read, their own work or others, verse or story. But mainly just bring yourself!

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March Photo Review; Having a Ball with Tom & the Crew

March Photo review;

Tom Ball and his band of Merry Makers Whoop it Up!

EARTH VERSES THE POETS!

No, you weren’t seeing double. There were two Men in Black at Kurilpa Poets this month as the Reverend Hellfire & the Water-Rat Crew were joined by West End’s very own Johnny Cash, journeyman Troubadour Tom Smith and his crew of merry Muso’s.

The Men in Black; Reverend Hellfire & Tom Smith

Open Mic saw a fine line up of Poets who brought us back in touch with our roots, delving deep into the earth, sprouting lines like vines of verbiage blending with the foliage of the trees of Musgrave Park around us.

The Rev opened the show with some fine alchemical ramblings on the nature of Earth; “Earth is a girl with a Dry sense of Humour”, quoth he.

A dapper Thomas Nelson delivered philosophical Earth musings that evoked the sweet smell of rain on the Earth, as the monumental figures of William Blake’s Angels & Spirits arose like statues of rock on the Virtual Galleries Gig Screen.,

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Jeffrey “Shakey” Evans, claiming to channel the Spirit of William Shakespeare (with perhaps a dash of Keats thrown in)delivered a rapid fire barrage of words, ultimately working himself up to an epileptic like peak of passion! You could really see where the “Shake in “Shake-speare” comes from!

SAVANU assured us what a Wonderful World it could be, and deplored a life where everything has become a job.

Visual Arts Director Shane K delivered a montage of urban images delivered with a surrealist intensity and later gave us a few thoughts on the Art of Visionary Genius/Madman; Mr William Blake.

and a little child shall lead them

Linda Loop emerged from the kitchen after the break to sing sweet, sweet music,/Words emerge from unlikely sources/

more voices speak in tounges and teeth/ my notes fall apart and are lost/

lines emerge from my jumbled notes;

“Our children are not our Children, they are Life’s”

The most powerful poems of the Open Mic sessions were undoubtedly those the “other Shane“, a young man whose writing is delivered thru the medium of his mother Val and a laptop. Unable to communicate as you and I do, Shane types out his poems on the keyboard, with the assistance of his Mother helping to steady his hand as he does so. Val then reads out the Poems and communications in general thus composed. The result is a surprise, stunning poems of Flight and Freedom that left a stunned audience sitting some moments in silent appreciation before erupting into heart-felt applause.

Open Mic Time, Shane and Val step up

But the day truly belonged to Tom Smith and his ever shifting, kaleidoscopic assemblages of musicians, who really lifted the Spirits of all attending, creating a great Community Atmosphere/ a tribal togetherness with his vagrant band of buskers and strummers.

The first set Tom started off with his ongoing Community Group, the Whoopee-do Crowd, the second set was supposedly Tom & the “Songs of Tom Smith Band“, the free-floating ensemble of muso’s dedicated to playing the actual songs of Tom Smith. Confused yet? Doesn’t matter, it all sounded great, and anyway there was a certain amount of leakage of personel between the two groups anway so boundaries were fairly fluid.

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Special note must be made when brother Nigel QPapaYandi joined the Tom & the SOTS to blast out some sweet, sweet blues harmonica riffs. Nice. Also really liked the Cohen-esque song Tom chose for the SOTS opener in the second set, called, so I’m told; “I don’t care what people think“.

All in all a great afternoon, fine food, rousing music, thoughtful words, amusing company. Dig it.

I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

See you all next time.

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words; Unckle Rat

Photos; Shane K

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Hey! Would you like to write reviews of Kurilpa Poets events?

Contact the Rev at kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au to discuss & arrange.

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Feb Photo Review featuring Simon Kindt & Planet Clare

February Photo review:

WATER WATER EVERYWHERE..

featuring Simon Kindt & Planet Clare.

Planet Clare & Violet Skye

And so the rain poured down and the Tide turned once more in the great Ebb & Flow of Life, and the Water Rats returned, to their ancestoral home, riding the crest of a wave of Creativity, that carried them all the way through Time & Space from 2017 to land once more on the friendly shores of Musgrave Park, on Sunday 25th February 2018.

Not unlike Ulysses, ey what?

Taking refuge in a crude shelter (Croquet Club) they once again engaged in their colourful customs, sharing poetry, food & wine whilst jolly minstrels played the ancient tunes and travellers told their tales…

sheltering from the storm

True the poets arrived dripping with Perspiration as well as Inspiration, but the winning combination of ceiling fans, air-con and the cool tones of Mystery Musician PLANET CLARE soon revived their wilting spirits.

The Mysterious Planet Clare was accompanied on this occasion by the rich pallet of tones and timbres emanating from the instrument of virtuoso Violinist VIOLET SKYE, whom we’ve seen before gracing the stage with a number of different outfits. Ms Skye seems somewhat shy offstage, but put a violin in her hands and a sonic demon is released, screeching & beguiling, threatening & soothing, scary-seductive and electrifying, as PLANET CLARE herself demonstrated her own mastery of many a musical style. One countrified original song of hers was so evocative I was sure I could smell hay and hear the chickens scratching in the straw!

PC’s soars through her songs with ease, but she also has the knack of throwing a break into her voice, that emotive crack in the back of the throat, an evocative twang half-yodel,

half-yelp.

Thank you Ladies for a great performance.

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From the celestial Bodies orbiting high in the sky to the bottom most depths of the Sea we plunged, submerged in the mise-en-scene of Master and Commander

Simon Kindt‘s ambitious new Performance Piece, POSEIDON/the sharks. I say ambitious because once you start dragging technology and props and theatre and so forth into your Poetry act things can become unnecessarily complex and you can lose sight of the poetry itself, which becomes just another special effect, instead of it’s core.

Simon, however, was wise enough to keep it all fairly minimalist and low key. To a backing track of sea shore sounds some soothing strings were mixe, immersing the listener in a gentle wash of sound throughout the performance. A rectangle of watery light like the view-screen at Sea World was projected onto the walls, whilst Simon sat cross-legged in the shadows, a disembodied voice delivering verse.

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An effectively low key set, though I would have liked to see Simon actually sitting in the light and thus becoming part of the screen thereby, his shadow swimming in the water behind him. But the anonymous/ambiguous style he adopted worked just as well.

Simon’s poetry itself was a subtle exploration of the mind’s watery realms. Hypnotic and dreamlike, edging on nightmare, invisible currents in the tranquil sea of watery words, swirled dangerously close to the rocks of Reality..

Thanks Simon for bringing your thoughtful production to Kurilpa.

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A fine selection of old Kurilpa friends returned for the first show of 2018. Coming up to the Open Mic this month were

Reverend Hellfire delivering a sermon on the dangers of sly and sneaky Water, Old Salt Geoffrey Evans went effervescing & bubbling a spray of words, Michael Vaughan‘s poetry like a tranquil lake,

the words like ripples across the mirror surface,

Thomas Nelson delivered a steady flow of imagery,

Theresa Tracey-Creed‘s verse, as always, had hidden depths, whilst Calaha shot a comic stream of words into the unsuspecting Face of Authority, serious as slapstick,

and Planet Clare poured a bucket of verse upon the Earthlings below, as SAVANU was all at Sea till he got his Land-legs back (haha)and Arts Director Shane K just swam with the tide until Cam Logan returned bearing an olive branch in his beak. Yes, after forty minutes and forty seconds of free-flowing verse, the Flood of Words was over.

Time for Afternoon Tea then, whilst Planet Clare and Co., spun yet more super surround-sound songs.

Shane K subsequently delivered a fine discourse on the work of scary American surrealist, George Tooker and his truly disturbing Art that really captures something of the “Ugly Spirit” of the American Century.

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The Second Open Mic delivered more unsuspecting Word Pearls coaxed from bedrock anchored Poets.. Michael gave us some Persian reflections on Alexander the Vandal, Tom lamented lost love;”Your hot tears dry on my lips“, Cam shared his wisdom; “You can’t get honey from stirring a hornets nest.” Tounge firmly in cheek Clare told us how; “I miss living with a philosopher”..and Sav delivered an ode to that great man, Vincent Lingiari and Shane read a selection from “The People’s Poet” (No, not Ric).

And then it was “Time please” and survivors dragged themselves to the nearest shanty for grog. The Rumpus Room by the Lizard, so I believe. The scurvy knaves!

The Pictures will tell the rest of the story.

Aaargh!

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PS A quick reminder that Theresa Tracey-Creed will be performing at the “Moving Words” Event being held at the South Bank Art Gallery in April.Check their website for details.

WORDS; Unckle Rat

IMAGES; Shane K.

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Archeologists Discover Nov 2017 Photo Review !

KURILPA POETS

November 2017 Photo Review

The Kurilpa Poets and friends kicked up their heels in fine style for 2017’s last gig at the old Croquet Club. Fine food was served, Strong words were spoken, sweet Jem Sparkle opened the afternoon with a bang (accompanied on this occasion by a talented, young Cello player adding mellow & mellifluous tones & timbres to her tunes)

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the Open Mic sessions rocked, MC Cam Logan suavely steered the show through the shallow shoals, the Virtual Gallery served sweet eye candy and the days Feature Artists, that ever eclectic group The TAPELOOPS (those legendary musical Survivors

 whose origins are said to lie somewhere in the mysterious ‘Eighties) demonstrated why they’re still on the cutting edge of Creativity in the 21st Century.

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John Linda & the Rev display the kind of telepathic group-dynamics in performance that  can only be acquired by thirty years of musical collaboration. Not that they’ve settled into a rut by any means, they’re still experimenting and pushing the boundaries, and even the oldest material is being constantly re-worked. They don’t do Songs. They do Poetry & Music, the two forms entwined like snakes copulating, so much so that tis often hard to tell which is which. Synthesia occurs.

Come Open Mic the water rats & Friends trooped up to say a few last words for the year.

Paul Dobbyn- Great shirt Paul!

Though recollections are dimmed by the passing of time, fortunately archeologists have uncovered the original documents made by MC Cam on the day, describing his impressions of the motley parade of Poets marching up to the Open Mic.

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The Kurilpa Open Mic – November 2017

As recalled by Cameron Logan, esq.

Brett C

Election – Maiwar – Three little pigs hanging votes

Fiasco of the boats and the least bad swine – Adani

the red haired owner screamed – straw house collapses

Squana

I never wrote this one”

By “The Foreskins” – I don’t wanna die

even though my life is a bore

Geoffrey

An angelic theme

Rarity of angels, the seraphim keep watching

Heaven hereafter, and heaven here and now.  A father to his daughter

-Mortals do dance, do battle

Anna

Husband – suicidedHis letter to her – sweet, heartfelt – journey to Aus

For 18 days + counting

Crazy as it seems, I dg you as a bear digs salmon – If your

Feet are as cold as a Walrus’ flipper – Beautiful memories – many letters

+ poems

Paul

A bit over 40 years ago I wrote this”

A doberman for company, Rocky outcrops.

Caesar let the ‘roo escape. Snake – “neither bit

the other”

– A tale told of an empty house”

Rev

donned his (smiley face) for an Emoticon delivery

After food and Tapeloops were served it was on to..

Round 2

MC Cam Logan

 

Brett. C

Racist Australian Santa

Santa’s job has been out sourced

Kids who ask for world peace got fucking sweaters

Racist justification to Santa’s ear – He reads the Courier Mail

Savana

Go to the toilet, get a load of my mind.

Unpredictable piss, the biggest struggle is staying in the

Now. “Expanding like a handful of shaving cream!”

Geoffrey

Under the influence of California window pane

I’ve said no to drugs, but they didn’t listen.

Bring to me the passion of nighty”

Feeble fingers fondle flesh”.

Paul – is Paul still here?

What god begot the shopping trolley?

Tinsel tittilates the empty stores

Gods of greed.

Shane K

ShaneWonderous history of the Palace

The cops ran Rev out of town (John first!)

We stayed and kicked against the bricks

The squat in Douglas St

Milton

We were all piss poor – Turpentine Mango tree had a bumper crop

Recalled the Banning Game  played by Politicians & Pot Activists in the Seventies  ..  

Banned                The Australasian Weed..

became

The Australasian Seed..

banned

The Australasian Need..

became

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Kurilpa Poets present; “EARTH VERSE”, Sunday 25th March

THE KURILPA POETS

present

“EARTH VERSE”

Sunday 25th March, 2pm

with Mystery Musician

TOM SMITH

and Unsuspected Artist

WILLIAM BLAKE

not to mention

Two Open Mic sessions, Prizes, Free Food & Refreshments, Fabulously Friendly & Eclectic Company,

Free Onsite Parking & More TBA!

For our Theme this month the Kurilpa Poets continue with

their Poetical/Alchemical exploration of the Elemental Universe and celebrate Matter made manifest

in its most Primal form,

that being Earth, the first of the Elements!

Be it found in the form of Dirt, Mud or Dust, Rock or Metal, ‘The Spirit of Earth‘ is manifest in the smallest handful thereof and indeed lurketh also in the very vastness of the Planet beneath our feet, for Earth represents both Home & Harvest for the Human Race.

Yes Earth gives form to all our dreams. Manifesting through her many Avatars

She clothes herself in our cities & landscapes.

The Power of EARTH is made manifest in the smallest handful

So bring your earthiest limericks, your most down to earth verse, and your dialectical diatribes grounded in the solid bedrock of Social Realism to share with the Kurilpa crew during Open Mic.

Of course our Themes are not compulsive, merely suggestive, so feel free to read on any subject, and bring your Hippy-drippy, airy-fairy, fiery barn-burner poems as well!

Tom Smith in action

Our Mystery Musician this month is non-other than local journeyman troubadour, TOM SMITH.

Tom and his guitar are familiar figures in the Kurilpa Creative Community, popping up here there and everywhere, often in company with the Zippety do dah Band.

So come along Sunday 25th March and join the Water Rats and Friends at

the olde Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane,

in the shade of the green trees of sacred Musgrave Park

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KURILPA POETS,”RAP WRAP” Sunday 26th November, with; THE TAPELOOPS

THE KURILPA POETS

present

“RAP WRAP”

Sunday 26th November, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street.

with Guest Artists- THE TAPELOOPS

Mystery musician- JEM SPARKLEs

& Special MC- CAM LOGAN

with unsuspected artist- Paul Klee

And so the Great Wheel turns to Summer’s Solstice once again, traditionally a time of endings and beginnings..

..Meanwhile, as the Queensland Electorate wakes up on Sunday Morning, to survey with bleary eyes the Government they’ll have landed themselves with for the next four years, down at the Croquet Club in Musgrave Park, the Water Rats prepare to wrap up the Poetic Language Business for 2017, with the a fabulous Bohemian Celebration; “RAP WRAP” to which you are all most cordially invited.

The Kurilpa Kitchen Krew welcome you!

We’ll have Poets rapping & crapping on,

while Photographers will be snapping their shots, the Wit will be Zapping, your toes will be Tapping

to the musical tunes and tones while on the Big Screen the Art will be randomly overlapping Reality as it’s happening, trapping strange Visual Archetypes mirroring the Poets words as if in jest/ Yes, such synchronicities abound when you mix & match and Shake & Bake the Arts as we like to do. So come and watch the show and the Iron Laws of Observer Theory will have you affecting the outcome!

Appropriate Guests for such an occasion are none other than the Alpha and Omega of Architectonic Performance Art, and a veritable West End Institution,

THE TAPELOOPS

The Tapeloops take wing..

returning with their own unique meld of spoken word and sonic landscapes to loop it up big time with the Poets & Artists of Kurilpa.

The original Trio are composed of

the Reverend Hellfire

(Words, Keyboards and Pyrotechnical Accidents)

Linda Loop

(Trumpet, Percussion)

John Treason

(Bass, Viola, Violin)

and have worked together on a remarkable variety of projects for over thirty years. They produce a music both simple and complex; hypnotic rhythms overlaid with sophisticated verbal imagery delivered in the compelling vocal style for which the Reverend is renowned.

The TapeLoops are preparing to disappear to spend several months in their hidden underground lair

and recording studio to work on a number of projects, with the ultimate aim of Global domination. Thus this show will be their only Performance pending their re-emergence as the World Supreme Council, so don’t miss out on this chance to say you were there and gain future street credibility.

We’ll be giving away a rare copy of the Tapeloops

1984 EP “Fire in Heaven” as a door prize on Sunday.

The cover of every record was individually hand coloured by various band members and friends at the time, making each a unique artefact. This copy will be signed by all three ‘Loops, hopefully increasing it’s potential market value when you flog it off on Ebay .

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JEM SPARKLES

Our favourite Mystery Musician, 21st Century Flower Child, Jem Sparkles will be returning to help us wrap up the year in High Style, with her groovy renditions of old Jukebox Classics & her toe-tapping, self-penned, Sure-to-be-Hits.

It’s always a good day when Jem plays and all we can say for certain is that the World would be a better place if Jem (and musicians like her) was able to spend more time playing music and less time having to wait on tables.

PAUL KLEE

Up on the Big Screen of the Virtual Gallery, Visual Arts Director Shane K will be showing highlights from the 20th century artistic genius Paul Klee, whose vivid visions used a kind of child-like archetypal imagery both entrancing yet also at times disturbing.

Mr K as usual, will also deliver a short talk on Klee’s Art & Influence for the audience’s edification.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES

for the occasion is the ever suave

Cam Logan,

returning after his stint as last month’s Mystery Musician, when he appeared in his guise as FREE LUNA. Be sure to catch FREE LUNA, or his other musical manifestation TIGER BEAT, at every available opportunity. Eclectic, quirky, fun, Cam’s musical prowess matches his skilled Word-smithery.

And as always there will be two Open Mic sessions for you to speak/rap/sing or mime your words,

Free Food & Refreshment, Friendly Company, Free On-site Parking and the beautiful environs of sacred Musgrave Park to enjoy.

Be sure to be there!.

The price on the door is a mere $5,

or $4 for KICI members.

The Water Rats supply the food for these events. While we encourage the community-minded to bring a plate or a bottle or a packet of something nice to share at the feast, we would mainly encourage you just to attend. That’s the Important thing.

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Kurilpa Feature Poet SEAN WEST, Sunday 24th Sept

Kurilpa Poets present;

Sept 24th Feature Poet

SEAN WEST

This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present as our September Feature Poet, one of Brisbanes most promising young poetic talents, Sean West, mild-mannered QUT creative writing student by day, dynamic Poetic Super-Hero by night.

An avid slam poet and former QPF intern, his work has appeared in such places as IBIS, The Tundish Review, QUT Inklings Zine, Veronica Literary Magazine, Freezeray Poetry, Pastel Magazine and These Frozen Moments and also appeared in a Good Room Collective installation.

Deceptively fresh-faced Sean turns out a kind of Cartoon Modernism, studded with ageless lines of “salt encrusted wisdom” that Poets thrice his age would struggle to craft. His verse recently impressed the crowd when he appeared at the 2017 QLD Poetry Festival’s Literary Saloon.

You can view his contribution to the Salon on

You Tube at;

This will be Sean’s first Feature Performance so make sure you turn up this Sunday, 24th September, at 2pm

at 91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane, so you too can say, “I was there!”.

For more info on the days events go to..

https://kurilpapoetry.wordpress.com/2017/09/16/more-poems-about-dinosaurs-and-cats-sunday-24th-september/

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KURILPA POETS AUGUST BREAK

KURILPA POETS

August Break

Just a brief reminder to water rats and Friends that

the KURILPA POETS will NOT be meeting today

(Sunday, 27th August),

as we usually do on the last Sunday of each month.

We are having a break this month

while the QLD Poetry Festival have their Annual Event.

Check their website for details.

Meanwhile, we’ll be back, better than ever, on

Sunday 24th September, 2017.

Keep an eye out for upcoming details.

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POETRY ON THE AIRWAVES

POETRY ON THE AIRWAVES

You’ll be able to hear a selection of verse from the Kurilpa Poets over the next few weeks on popular Community Radio station 4RPH, on Teusday afternoons around 1.30pm and Wednesday evenings about 7.45pm.

This week you can hear works from Eido Boru, Sue Dreeves and Cam Logan.

4RPH is a member of the Radio Print Handicapped Network, their slogan..”Turning print into sound

Why we’ve been doing that for years.

Be sure to tune in to 4RPH-that’s

1296 on your AM dial.

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Kurilpa Poets present MEMENTO MORI, Sunday 30th July

The Kurilpa Poets present

MEMENTO MORI

Sunday, July 30th, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street

with Feature Poets

TOM NELSON

& JAMIE SPENCE

Open Mic Sessions*Mystery Musicians* Unsuspected Artist Ben Shahn*Prizes* Free Food & Refreshments*

Skeleton with (Greek) inscription: Know thyself. (1st CE). From excavations in the convent of San Gregorio, Via Appia, Rome, Italy.

THE SKELETON AT THE FEAST

And so it is July and the Lord of Misrule goes to and fro upon the earth as the World revolves around the Sun and the Southern hemisphere dips deep upon it’s Winter Axis. What better time to bring the Skeletons from out of the closets and set them dancing upon the table with the Poets. A time to consider our own Mortality and see what wisdom Poetry has to offer us about the Fate that awaits us all.

Indeed, twas an ancient custom practised by both the Romans and the Egyptians, to bring out a skull or a model skeleton or some other Memento Mori, and give it pride of place amongst the delicacies and delights spread upon the table during their sumptuous Feasts & Festivals. A reminder that all Luxury is but fleeting, and also perhaps to act as an incitement to make the most of what Life has to offer and to partake eagerly of the Feast.

So bring your elegies and tributes, your poetic reflections on the Grim Reaper, your gallows humour and morbid obsessions all

as we make mock of the Noseless One

and pay our respects to those who have gone before us.

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Our main Feature Poet for July is popular Brisbane poet, esteemed fellow Water Rat, and genuine gentleman, Tom Nelson. He describes himself thusly

TOM NELSON

Tom Nelson sees, read

in a few words

Thomas has had a love of poetry from an early age. His tastes are eclectic, covering the classics to hip hop, it includes all styles and genres. Started to write seriously in 2011 because he could. Thomas writes about what he sees and experiences. Not big on feelings. One day he hopes to find his own voice.

Has done a feature at Poets Corner Maroochydore and reads regularly in Open Mic sessions at all good Poetry venues..

Poet and social gad-about, the ever urbane Tom Nelson

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Our first Feature Poet  on Sunday is Jamie Spence, the winner of the Eat Your Words Open Mic, held recently at the Coronation Hotel in Ipswich, with the assistance of the Reverend Hellfire. It was not the most conducive environment for Poetry and Jamie impressed the Rev with both his poetry and his handling of a difficult crowd. He certainly deserves to be heard by an appreciative audience, so do come along and welcome this talented newcomer to the Brisbane Poetry Scene.

James Spence explains

“I’ve always been creative, although sometimes I lose track of things. I remember one day in particular, when I found that some mysterious person had left a lump of Play-Doh on my desk. I just didn’t know what to make of it.

Although my writing began when I was fifteen, it was not until I was seventeen that I began to read. Reading and writing turned to painting, which then moved to photography, although it often took me a long time to turn the negatives into photographs. I was a always a late developer.

I gave up photography for theatre and told my parents that I was going to enrol in the Roger Moore School of Acting. There were a few raised eyebrows in my house on that day, I can tell you.

My theatrical career then took a break when I realised I wasn’t suited to it and I decided to enjoy the pieces in the National Portrait Family. I remember standing in front of a Garfunkel for hours at a time and wondering to myself, “It’s nice… but is it art?”.

Eventually, I found my calling in poetry and tried out for a few gigs. I did quite well, although I still haven’t been paid for my very first recital. Even today I still feel like I’m ode.”