VOX DOMINA 28th May PHOTO REVIEW

VOX DOMINA PHOTO REVIEW*

The Ladies Step Out!

VOX DOMINA

Wow! What a fabulous day at the Olde Croquet Club. Amazing poetry, an eclectic soundtrack, delicious food and, as ever at Kurilpa Poets gatherings, a friendly and diverse mix of interesting People.

MC and organising genius of the day, Fiona Privitera,

Reaching out to the Audience;, Fiona Privitera

had assembled for us an impressive array of poetic talent of the Feminine persuasion.

One such was Mystery Musician Marissa Allen, who hummed and thrummed her eldritch Violin and crooned like an ancient Sybil as the hall quickly filled with Old Friends and New Faces.

Marissa thrums and ullulates!

First up of the Feature Poets, Laura Kenny‘s poetry delivered intimate observations with a Wise Woman’s eye, surveying a World of meaningful minuatae, her observations ranging from homely memories of the ritual of dressing, to the sad existence of the child miners of India.

Laura Kenny

The Open Mic unleashed a diverse motley of voices of every gender for us to consider;

Kurilpa newcomer Suin Ni gave us a vision of predatory Urban Landscapes where, “Leopards are stalked by Developers” (She later told me that the “Leopards” in question could also refer to “Leopard Trees”)

Bohemian poet Bernadette le Goullon making her first appearance at Kurilpa, then told us the tale of her own ongoing battle with Developers to save some trees.

 

 

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Last month’s Feature Poet Savanu warned us that “Life has become a terrible risk!” Cahala came on next to rumble and roar, followed by Sue Dreeves, a vibrant vision in purple. Alas, soft spoken Sue’s voice was drowned out somewhat by the sounds of Dischord drifting in from the “Real World” outside.

Trent then gave us an Epic nursery rhyme (I had trouble finishing it, he later confessed) with lashings of Sex.

The Rev shuffled on stage, broom in hand , to bemoan the fate of the modern “House Husband”. Cam Logan was quick and to the point. Loaded Dog growled a warning. CAVE CANEM, as the Ancients put it. Old Kurilpa-ite Rebekah Copas returned, jaunty Ibis feather in her hair, to speak of “Unseen Beings” and finish up the first open Mic.

Time for a break and whilst Marisa Allen wailed and vibrated, her nameless minion on drums rattled an ominous Thunder.

rattle and thrumm

(tho I personally felt that a simpler drumkit would have worked better with Marisa’s sparse sound.) The poets & friends meanwhile feasted on the fine Spread aesthetically laid out before them by our hard-working and hygienic kitchen crew. Linda and Gil deserve a big call out here for bringing Order out of the kitchen Chaos each month.(Lord knows why, but people just love to loiter and lurk in the kitchen. In future we may have to put up a piece of string to act as an Impenetrable Barrier.)

 

 

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After the break they emerged from the kitchen to demonstrate their own artistic talents. Gil brought a couple of her new paintings along to display and spoke of how her most recent work, a blood-red affair, was inspired by the recent tragic events in Manchester. Songstress Linda Loop later demonstrated her vocal prowess during the Open Mic

Gil brings out her Art vision

by delivering a cascading, note-perfect rendition of the Schubert Lied “To Art” (An die Musik) in faultless German.

Visual Art Supremo and Candid photographer Shane K gave an informative talk on Australian “Modernist”, Margaret Preston, whose paintings and prints had been playing over the Virtual Gallery. I was interested to learn that apparently her husband was one of those rare paragons who gave unwavering support to their partners Artistic aspirations. Should be more of it.

Vanessa Page

At this point I must confess I’ve lost my notes for

Vanessa Page‘s Feature Set. Sorry. (Better than last month though, when I lost ALL my notes. This month I only lost one page. Damn it, it was here this morning!)

But I do recall it was a bloody good set, professionally and passionately delivered, that had the audience’s attention riveted throughout, despite the sounds of Dischord once again drifting in from the Hostile Outside World. If you get the chance to see Vanessa Page live, you won’t be disappointed.

Vanessa delivers

Marisa Allen demonstrating her versatility, then did a set of her poems sans violin. (notes! notes!)

Finally the second Open Mic session arrives, somewhere in the middle of which my notes resume..

 

 

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The REV made a call for “More Beautiful Men and more Powerful Women“, whilst Bernadette returned to explain how her glasses were provided by the Government noting; “that’s how they Control what you see!” After 29 years off alcohol, Savanu gave us a poem about “Harold who hates cats”. Cahala assured us we are “all Masterpieces of Art”, though in my case possibly a “flawed masterpiece”, which is surely better than no masterpiece at all I suppose. Trent gave us an Australian Haiku,

“Bus stop Dreaming”, to which Cam Logan touche’ed with an absurdist “Parsley Haiku”.

Marisa declares and declaims

Finally Shane moved a vote of thanks to our stylish and talented MC, Fi Privetera, to which the audience responded with enthusiastic applause.

All in all a very successful day, here’s hoping we have many more.

As always I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story, but before I do, let me move my own Vote of Thanks to our ever ebullient Art Director, Shane K, who each month takes the time and effort to document our events and produce the fine photographs that appear on this site.

(Historical footnote; When Shane took on the job I told him, “Make us look interesting and attractive!”, and God Bless him, he’s done the best he can with the material he’s got to work with.!)

The Attractive and Interesting Shane K, Fiona Privitera & Friend

WORDS: UNCKLE RAT

PHOTOS: SHANE K

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Kurilpa Poets present; VOX DOMINA, 28th MAY

The Kurilpa Poets proudly present

VOX DOMINA

Celebrating Womens’ Voice in Poetry

Sunday May 28th, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street.

WITH

VANESSA PAGE, MARISA ALLEN, LAURA KENNY

& MORE!

Hi Water Rats and Friends! It’s time once again to break out of the bell jar with our annual celebration of Sybil & Muse, the wild & wonderful Women of Words. May the Muse of Poetry, the Lady Calliope herself, smile upon this gathering.

With the Reverend Hellfire banished to the kitchen for the occasion, Mistress of Ceremonies will be the ever erudite

Fiona Privitera

Also featuring on the day will be the awesome talents of..

 Vanessa Page

Vanessa Page is a Toowoomba born poet who lives in Cashmere. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Feeding Paper Tigers (ALS press); Confessional Box (Walleah Press) and China Bull (Work and Tumble). Confessional Box was the winner of the 2013 Anne Elder Award. Vanessa has performed her work widely, including at the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2013 and 2015, at the USQ Bookcase, Riverbend’s Poetry on the Deck series, Whispers at the State Library, Couplet, and the Nuyorican in New York City.

Plus our Mystery Musician of the Month..

Marisa Allen

is a poet, musician, songwriter and artist and has performed at numerous QLD Poetry Festivals since 2009. She has written two books of poetry, ‘Fire in the Head‘ (selected works)  in 2007 and ‘Floodlight‘ including drawings, in 2014. She also plays violin and sings in eclectic local band, the Bremen Town Musicians, who have released 4 critically acclaimed albums. In 2010 Marisa was a nominee for a

QMusic Award in the “Electronica” category.

There’ll also be a Feature set from

Laura Kenny

Laura Kenny is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at QUT who writes poetry and prose.

Laura’s poetry has been published by Right Now and Pressure Gauge Press, and she was awarded a 2017 Varuna Residential Fellowship to work on her manuscript of autobiographical poetry, Passages. 

Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize and published in the Review of Australian Fiction.

Laura’s research is concerned with representations of childhood trauma in contemporary Australian realist fiction, with a focus on how childhood trauma affects a character’s relationship with
place.

Favourite breakfast food: Fruit smoothies

Reading right now: News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and  Six Bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight (non-fiction and short stories, respectively).

Ghosts/aliens: Yes to ghosts (spirits?)/ I’m open to the possibility of alien contact

 

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Up on the Virtual Gallery’s Big Screen

will be the works of Margaret Preston, Australian Artist, Printmaker, Journalist and leading Modernist in her day.

OPEN MIC;

Don’t worry Boys! You’ll still get to have your say in either of our two fabulous Open Mic SessionsPoetry!

All this and

and as always there’ll be

Free Onsite Parking, Prizes,

Free Food & Refreshments,

and the friendliest Folk in

more

for a mere $5 ($4 for members)

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“THE SERENITY” -JUNE PHOTO REVIEW

A calm crowd attends the serenity

A calm crowd attends the serenity

Kurilpa Poets June Photo review-The Serenity!

Ah! The Serenity!

Surely there was a blissful aura of good vibrations emanating from the old Musgrave Park Croquet Hall last June 26th, when the Kurilpa Poets and Friends gathered once more in convivial conclave to celebrate the Power of the Word.

Even the challenging and confronting subject matter of Feature Poet, Fiona Privitera‘s set of poems that day, did not dampen the overall Vibe. Rather they added a bittersweet tint to the Whole, a timely reminder perhaps, like the skeleton at a Roman Feast, that the pleasures of life are fleeting and hard won, to be treasured whenever they’re found.

But I’m “waxing poetic” here, as did indeed also the many and diverse array of Poets who stood up to take the stage during Open Mic.

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Warming us up was the Reverend Hellfire with a heart-felt paean to the comforts of his bed in winter. Lazy bastard!

Geoffrey Evans offered his reminiscences of 1974 and Cyclone Tracey’s devastation. Newcomer Michael presented us with an uplifting sonnet assuring us that we cannot fail.

Local sage Tom Nelson instructed us to “close your eyes and see” whilst last month’s fabulous Feature Poet, Cam Logan, unleashed his satirical reflections on a vegan meal and a leather jacket.

Talented poet Claire Fitzpatrick shared how it felt

placing her hand on the Earth in a field of Nails.

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Michael Vaughan‘s classy sonnet wondered whether the price of serenity is placidity, whilst “Not-only-a-bush-poet” Anita Reed reminded us that “the stars will remain and we’ll leave no trace”.

New comer Robert Lort delivered a strangely surrealistic piece of poetry for our enjoyment, whilst Linda Loop serenely sang her Astrologically tinged song acapella, “Night of the Zenith”.

Nigel QPapa delivered an old rap piece of his on the joys of being arrested in QLD, whilst suspected communist sympathiser Gerard wistfully wondered

“Where is the Common Wealth?”

Arts Party number-cruncher and itinerant Buddhist Monk Eido Boru brought Open Mic to a close with an impassioned plea for our preferences in the Senate.

The Great Jeff Usher

The Great Jeff Usher

Whilst Jazz and Blues giant Jeff Usher then took his place at the keyboards for his second musical set, Kurilpa Poets Visual Arts Supremo Shane K took us thru the life and works of this month’s Virtual Gallery artist, J.B. Kitaj.

The rise of fascism by JB Kitai

The rise of fascism by JB Kitai

Then Jeff Ushers’ subtle fingers set the sonic dial to Supreme Serenity as the poets ate and chatted and ambled peaceably upon the lawn. Top marks to the kitchen crew for once again putting together a splendid repast! And thanks also to everyone who brought food to contribute to the community feast.

Gil & Lin, Kitchen maestros

Gil & Lin, Kitchen maestros

It was just as well we were all well fed and soothed and serene by the time it came to facing the emotional rigours of the Feature Set!

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For Fiona Privitera then quietly took the stage and bravely delivered a harrowing set of sometimes deeply disturbing poems, exploring

a cluster of topics centering around child abuse, family dysfunction, societal violence et al. Never, I think, have I seen a Kurilpa audience so riveted by a reading. At one point I thought I’d have to flee myself, lest I give way to an unseemly display of public weeping.

Poems on such topics can easily descend into self pity or agit-prop sloganeering. Fe avoided both traps, delivering her words with a simple, honest clarity that gave her poems a strange sort of unassailable strength.

At the end of her set the audience showed their sincere appreciation with heartfelt applause. It felt like the audience and poet had been through a lot together.

But Life goes on. “Nothing dries faster than a tear”, an ancient philosopher once declared. So we pulled ourselves together and launched into the second Open Mic set. More brave, honest and wise words were spoken then, before the day was done.

But..Alas, I’ve lost my notes!

You’ll just have to look at the pictures.

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Words; Unckle Rat

Pictures; Shane K

“The SERENITY” with Fi Privitera & Jeff Usher, Sunday 26th June

The KURILPA POETS present;

green girl kignn parrot

“THE SERENITY”

Sunday, 26th June, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street, West End

Moving on from last months Dionysian depths, we ascend to the calm and contemplative heights of the Apollonian, and celebrate this month the contemplative, the meditative, the pastoral and the lyric aspects of Poetry. Can the Muse still provide a balm and solace for weary minds in the increasingly frenetic and agitated world of today?

Can the Muse lead us thru the noisy Labyrinth of Self

to find a quiet place for the heart to sit? Lets find out!

with Special Feature Poet;

Fiona Privitera

FIONA PRIVITERA

The Kurilpa Poetry Cup this year was unusual in that for the first time ever, the supplementary award of “Almost” or “Joint” Winner (depending on who you ask) was created to acknowledge the very special poetical skills of Fiona Privitera, our Feature Poet for June.

Fiona recieves the KPC 2016"Almost Winner" award

Fiona recieves the KPC 2016″Almost Winner” award

Fiona is, among many things, a poet, artist’s model, kitchen dancer and ocean lover.

Past writing focused on the theme of desire and includes poems about naked women on sushi trains, candy store sex and underwater cities where fish dance with people.

For the last two years she has been writing about depression, suicide and abuse.

She hopes that soon she will be done writing about such things because it isn’t much fun.

As well as appearing regularly at the Kurilpa Poets, she has performed her own and others poetry around the Brisbane Poetry scene at many open mics for over the last 15 years. Fiona has also appeared at The Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) in 2003, 2006 and 2009.

This year you’ll be able to see some of her visual text-based cut-up work on display at the QPF. 

In the meantime come and get a good serving of Priviteriana at the Kurilpa Poets this June 26th.

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lizard

lizard

leaving the lonely

all alone

languid in this slipping

sun slight

lizard

has small feet

slips between

a crawl in the wall

a red brick

moon garden.

– Fiona Privitera

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And appearing as Mystery Musician;

Jeff Album front cover photo

JEFF USHER

Music hath charms to sooth the savage beast, or so noted animal-wrangler Bill Shakespeare once declared. Supplying the Sonic Tranquillizer Darts for us this month will be the chilled one himself, Brisbane Jazz & Blues Giant,

Jeff Usher.

Birds of a Feather; Jeff charms a savage beast

Birds of a Feather; Jeff charms a savage beast

We were all blown away by Jeff’s magnificent music at the Kurilpa Poetry Cup back in February and we are honoured to have him return for a second appearance. Don’t miss this chance to hear a true music legend in the intimate ambience of the Olde Croquet Club.

A selection of CD’s of Jeff’s Music will be available for purchase at the front desk on the day. Buy one and make sure you get your genuine ‘Usher Artefact’ personally autographed by the Great Man himself.

And in the White Corner..Jeff Usher!

As always there will be two Open Mic sessions where you can have your say, the Unsuspected Artists of The Virtual Gallery, Free Food and Refreshments, Free On-Site Parking, Prizes,

and of course the Fabulous Company of Friendly Folk!

All this and more for a mere $5/$3 members

All Friendly Folk Welcome.

Kurilpa Poets, Home of the Water Rat

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June 2016 handbill with frameJPIG

male Kinf Parrort in focus red green

MAD MAIDS & MUSES Line up, Sunday 31st May

Mad Maids and Muses

Line Up

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Kurilpa Poets feature this Sunday 31st May;

(In no particular order)

Fiona Privitera

Fiona Privitera

Sophie Tarrant

Sophie Tarrant

Theresa Tracey-Creed

croq club Theresa smiles colour crop

Judith Light

Judith Light

Sue FihellySue Fihelly

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with MC Linda Loop

Guest MC; Linda Loop

Guest MC; Linda Loop

and the sweet sounds of Phoebe & Neil

“PHOEBE & NEILL” emerge from the time rift

and miscellaneous readings from;

Carol Balfor, Christine Huber and More..

So come one come all!

croq club Linda and Theresa

May KP Handbill w Mad MaidsJPIGred

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