Kurilpa Poets Ends Year with a Blast!

DR John not a bomb


2pm, Sunday 29th November, 2015

the artist, and particularly the poet, is always an anarchist in the best sense of the word. he must heed only the call that arises within him from three strong voices: the voice of death, with all its foreboding, the voice of love and the voice of art.”

federico garcía lorca

This month at Kurilpa Poets

we celebrate the the Poet as Anarchist, the Eternal Revolutionary whose poems are acts of Cultural Terrorism, exploding in the Collective Unconscious and undermining the Foundations of the Dominant Paradigm. Yes, we Poets sneer at the crude and clumsy attempts of bombers and assassins to try and change the World

with their vulgar and ineffectual violence!

We Poets have a clearer Vision and better Weapons,

and it is WE who shall make the World anew

through the Power of the Word!

As old Walt Whitman declared, the Age of Priests is Over!

The Poets shall be the new Prophets!

Who better then to have as our lead Feature Poet this month than

the Reverend Hellfire’s old comrade-in-arms,

Doctor John Jiggens.

DR John not a bomb

Doctor John’s Bohemian CV really is too long to list in full.

Not only has he been writing and publishing his verse for decades, he is also the author of a number of works, ranging from gonzo-style journalism

to in-depth, scholarly research.

The good Doctor has also been a long standing Social Activist

in the Brisbane scene since the early seventies,

playing an active role in many an epic social struggle,

generally manifesting as part of the Anarchist faction

in whichever struggle was then being waged.

In Particular Dr John has been a leading light in the crusade to end Drug Prohibition for many years, in particular the struggle to legalise Cannabis, and was a founder member of HEMP.

In this role he changed his name to John FreeMarijuana and became the eldest of the notorious “FreeMarijuana Brothers“,

along side Kurilpa’s very own Reverend Hellfire,

or Guy FreeMarijuana, as he was known

in the days before he found religion.

Today Dr John still continues the fight to legalise the use of medicinal marijuana, and happily, it seems that there is at last some light dawning at the end of tunnel, for this particular issue.

Now we look forward to Dr JJ detonating some of

his classic Word Bombs in our brain at the old Croquet Club.


Providing a suitably Post Apocalyptic soundscape for the event

will be a special performance to close the day and finish the year, by those lovable masters of audio-mayhem,

Gerald Keaney and the Gerald Keaneys

Gerry K up and at em

Doctor Gerald Keaney makes a house call this Nov 29th..

featuring, of course, the iconoclastic linguistix

and on-stage antics

of the Wild Man of the Brisbane Poetry scene himself,

Doctor Gerald Keaney.

(So many Doctors on call and do you think I can get one of them

to write me a script?!)

The GK’s have been compared to such Old School punkesque audio experimentalists as Pere Ubu and the Fall,

or, closer to home, Brisbane’s Tapeloops .

GK and the GKays

GK and the GK’s at the recent “Traffic Island” event

Meanwhile, up on the Virtual Gallery’s big screen, we will have two featured artists to disrupt and derange your visual senses;

rene magritte

First up, a retrospective of the old subversive/surrealist Master himself, Rene Magritte. Magritte is one of our Visual Arts Director’s personal favourites, so Shane will be sure to dredge up some lesser known gems, as well as the classic images.

magritte and men

Surrealist Great, Rene Magritte

Later in the afternoon, the unique world/view of the Loaded Dog, Brisbane Poetry scene’s favourite Mad Uncle, will be featured with a series of his Visual Poetic creations.

loaded dog cautious

The Loaded Dog..neighbours said he seemed like a quiet man..

As alway there will be Open Mic sessions, Free Food and Refreshments, Prizes, an informal atmosphere as well as

 the friendliest subversives you could hope to meet.

And of course Master of Ceremonies,

the Reverend Hellfire

The blue-bearded Reverend Hellfire

The blue-bearded Reverend Hellfire

will keep things crackling along in his own inimitable fashion.

Yes, all this and more for a mere $5!

Close to Public transport, the Croquet Club Hall

at 91 Cordelia Street has ample onsite parking

and a wheel chair access ramp.

club and tree foliage

And don’t forget, it’s a Kurilpa tradition for the Community-minded

to bring a plate or a packet or a bottle of something nice

to contribute to the feast.

Kurilpa Kitchen Magicians in action!

Kurilpa Kitchen Magicians in action!

This is our last event for 2015, we’ll be back though

in February 2016 with the fabulous Kurilpa Cup.

We hope to see you there.

final logo Jpig



We at the Kurilpa Poets are proud to reprint our Easter feature-poet, Gerald Keaney’s, thought-provoking review of our February feature poet, David Hallett. Sadly there is little critical analysis on the current Performance Poetry scene and so we welcome this opportunity to get the ball rolling. More of Gerry’s work can be found at http://geraldkeaney.bravesites.com/

Gerald K at Kurilpa poets

Remarks on a David Hallett reading


North coast of NSW performance poet David Hallett’s reading on Monday 29/4/2013 in Brisbane was slick in a thought-out rather than sterile way, passionate, engaging and a suitable length. Nevertheless I have a couple of remarks. It is interesting to note that having shared the ideas below with Hallett, he refused any comment on the issues, instead returning a garbled nonsensical email. Performance poetry today at best aspires to a professionalism of presentation. Ideas aren’t so important and certainly not worth defending. What would Byron have thought? And indeed, what do they think in Byron?

There are a number of fairly standard topics in Australian performance poetry, each commanding its own few approaches. The bread and butter of most poetry readings is didactic. It’s a kind of soft-left preaching which gives the left-orientated audience a feel-good buzz. It can be informative, and even engaging, but usually it is not. Usually it is preachy and sanctimonious. No one is asked to think for themselves.

An issue with it that came up for me in Hallett’s reading involved the tension in his performance around didactic moralism. His first piece described the various ills of capitalism, which is not necessarily a bad thing to do, but it came across as moralistic. This impression was enhanced by a religious reference. To quote another poem he recited later in the night, “God has left the auditorium.”

As far as I am concerned good riddance. This is of course my position on faith, and others are entitled to their’s. One difficulty with moralism is that morals are similar. Others may not share your moral intuitions. Even if they do we must ask what that means. Moral imperatives are generally a kind of list of how NOT to behave to be successful in business.

And this how they are used. People nod and pay lip service. Then, next day, they consider themselves sinners in the office: to pay the bills they help organize a deal involving a sweat shop. The tough old world goes on. A better critique pointing at a better life is urgently needed, “tut tut tut,” is not enough.

wordsmith David Hallett demurs

wordsmith David Hallett demurs

The anti-business content of Hallett’s performance is of course spot-on. The current economic order does demand ruthless competition and exploitation. Again the answer is not moral; Gina Reinhart, one of Hallett’s targets, is not evil. She is a functionary of a capitalist economy, not Satan.

If the malaise seems to be at root a spiritual, this may in part be because as Hallett’s laudible try at sci fi poetry midway through his reading proved, economic exploitation can be imagined on an interstellar/cosmic level. Despite this, what would replace the existing economic system in its entirety is down to earth and very material. It is by struggling against closed-minded and entrenched ways of living, and for a more rational ways to co-operate productively.

As game theory can tell you, we do not need morals to cooperate better, only a more enlightened self-interest. In this struggle greed (bemoaned by Hallett) can actually be desirable: greed for fresh air, beautiful evocative cities, all the things we could have if people were reason we produced, not the accumulation of value.

My favourite of Hallett’s poems last night was about lies. One odd thing about the truth – it also is not a moral issue. In fact truth-seeking since Aristotle has been about putting prejudices aside and getting at the root of the matter, moral prejudices included. When we do this we find the very things Hallett regaled us with: obscured facts about destruction, exploitation, inhumanity. Indeed we find violence against truth itself. This can only lead us to ask, and a performance poet is well placed to do so, can we not communicate better? Again the question is raised of how we can work together productively.

Not made in China yet… This poem of Hallett’s was a nice comment on the colonization of creativity and life by commerce. Hallett’s very presence as a performer, enthusiastic and with an implied but palpable optimism, also suggests things can be wound back in the opposite direction. We fight and defeat commerce. In this the truth and getting to the root of the matter is paramount – God and sanctimony we can do without. It also would be a better start in this direction if poets thought more, and at the expense of simply slotting into comfortable reading tropes.

God has left the auditorium

God has left the auditorium

Gerald Keaney


The Kurilpa Poets Easter Eggstravaganza!


Humpty Dumpty invites you onboard

Humpty Dumpty invites you onboard


The Kurilpa Poets Easter Eggstravaganza


Sunday 31st March, 2013, starting 2pm


The Olde Croquet Club, 91Cordelia St., West End

on the edge of Musgrave Park


a dapper Gerald Keaney

a dapper Gerald Keaney

Feature Poet of the Month:GERALD KEANEY!

One of Brisbanes most challenging and confrontational poets, we are proud to present his heretical versifications & iconoclastic rantings.

and also?

Our fabulously informal OPEN MIC section!

All welcome. No fish-bowl. The only time limit is our bordeom threshold!

and of course?


Matt the busker

Matt the busker

This month journeyman busker, MATT THE MUSICIAN will be setting the mood with the righteous sounds of his fire-red slide guitar!

and I suppose?

the REVEREND HELLFIRE as MC will be setting a suitably solemn & spiritual tone as befits the occasion.

and are?

Tea, coffee, & nibblies provided as part of the price!

and just for laughs?

Join our traditional Easter “Poetic-Egg Hunt!”Held at intermission (Follow the clues, complete the poem, win the prize.)

how much?

A mere $5 for the employed/$2 for members and the poor. Donations welcome. If you’re community minded bring a plate/bottle.

will there be more TBA?

could be..

details/reviews & more?

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Contact: kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au

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