LAST EXIT, Sunday 24th November

THE KURILPA POETS

present

“LAST EXIT”

Sunday, 24th November 2019, 2pm

featuring

2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup Winner

DAMIEN BECKER

and Mystery Musician of the Month

JEM SPARKLES

plus at no extra cost, Poetic Firebrand

DR JOHN JIGGENS

launching his latest publication,

a slim volume of verse,

eclectically entitled;

“For the Dan O’Neill School

of Disembodied Poetics”

Copies will be available at the door for purchase.

Author’s signature at no extra cost!

plus

*Two (2) Open Mic Sessions*

(bring a Poem or Story to share

or just bring your ears to hear)

*The VIRTUAL GALLERY*

(Mad Artistic Visions galore!)

*Free Onsite parking * Free food & Refreshments.*

Entry $8/$5 members

All Friendly Folk Welcome

We also encourage the community minded

to bring a plate or bottle or packet

of something nice to share.

But more importantly, just bring yourself

and don’t miss this final opportunity for 2019 to escape the humdrum monotony of the daily grind with

the Kurilpa Poets’ End of Year Event,

“LAST EXIT”

on Sunday, 24th November at

The Olde Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane

In the shade of sacred Musgrave Park

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2019 KURILPA POETRY CUP REVIEW

2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Photo Review

It was a Brilling Day, and there were certainly at least a handful of borogroves out there on the Wabe, but as to whether they were gimbling or gyring, it was impossible to say at that distance.

Meanwhile the Poets were gathering in their numbers inside the Old Croquet Club at sacred Musgrave Park for the running of the fabulous Kurilpa Poetry Cup.

This was the Seventh occasion that the Cup has been run & won and thirteen talented Poets lined up at the track this year to compete for the honour of winning this fabulous

Literary Artefact, long reputed to possess Mystical Powers.

We were fortunate to have as Feature Poet and esteemed Poetic Judge this year, non-other than our very own local City Councillor, noted Political Maverick & Poetic Firebrand,

Mr Jonothan SRI.

Rousing the Rabble, Mr Jono Sri

It was also an emotional occasion for the regular crew, as this was to be our last monthly event held at the old Croquet Club, where we have had so many memorable Events over recent years. But all things change, and current President Cam has already taken steps to find us a new home, and so we shake off the nostalgia like a dog that’s just come bounding out of the Sea, and look forward to the Future with bright &eager eyes.

The REV smiting the ungodly

Straight up out of the gates was former Kurilpa President, the Reverend Hellfire. This was the first time the Rev has been able to participate in the Cup himself due to ‘conflict of interest’ issues in previous years, but now out of Office, he was keen to take this opportunity to demonstrate his poetic prowess, with a wandering shaggy dog story covering Magic, Flying Saucers and SCUD missiles, (amongst other things) that took him through to the Second Round.

The erudite & fertile Fiona Privitera

Following the Rev was another firm favourite with the Water Rats, non-other than Fiona Privitera herself, on this occasion accompanied by her onboard passenger. (editors note; said Passenger has since arrived. Mother & Child are doing well) Fi was the Kurilpa Poetry Cup winner herself a couple of years back and her poetry has the ability to be both clinical and emotional and though invariably delivered quietly, it always packs a kick. Her selection for this occasion won her a well deserved place in the Final round.

Next up was Paul Dobbyn with a humorous conversational/observational poem with Beetlesque overtones that landed him in Christchurch with a cracked skull.

Paul Dobbyn points the way forward

Gentleman Poet, Mr Michael Vaughan then took the stage to deliver in a quiet but confident tones a perfectly phrased Love poem in the sonnet form, framed, as is his wont, with appropriate quotations.

Though this was apparently the first time Hayley P. aka “Pixxigutzz” has ever read in public, she took to the stage and delivered her angst-laden but feisty verse with a verve & confidence that took her on to the finals. PG indeed!

Next up, that Dynamo of Dyslexia, the ever popular SAVANU, demonstrating the gentle art of using “found objects” from your environment (eg signs, menus, etc) to construct poems. If that sounds confusing, believe me, it all adds up..to $39.60 on this occasion, apparently. SAV knows.

Next up was TREEBEARD, who had travelled all the way from Arnhem Land to be with us, a rapping Daedalus from the Desert seamlessly delivering a Tripping Tap-dancing rap at impressive length. Perhaps he learned the circular breathing technique for playing didgereedoo while up in the Territory? Whatever, his powerful performance took him to the next round.

Our Visual Arts Director, Shane K then stepped forth to demonstrate his skills in a different Medium from his usual oeuvre, delivering us a charming piece of whimsy concerning a Cats Dream, that won the Judges heart and took Shane thru to the finals.

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Also demonstrating unsuspected talents was David, Cello Player extraordinary and known musical associate of of the lovely JEM SPARKLES, explaining (on general principles) why,

I will not become a member.

Joining us all the way from Murwillumbah was Damien Becker,

a member of local outfit there, the Poetry Out Loud Crew, I believe. Damien gave us a thoughtful & moving meditation on Art, the Environment, and what we will leave for our Grandchildren, that drew sustained applause from the audience and earned him a place in the Final Round.

Local Legend, the “Loaded Dog” was up next, delivering an appropriately Lawson-esque Diss on the chicanery of Modern Day Politicians. A Poet with bite!

Twas good to see Nigel Q return to the Kurilpa Poets stage again.

He told us an archetypal tale,

entertaining us with the antics of our local Cops & Robbers.

Wrapping up the First Round was FLO, a young chap with a French accent, who accompanied himself on the keyboards to croon to us an atmospheric Cabaret style poem. Wow! It was great, and a fitting way to cap off the Opening Round.

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So then it was break time and whilst the Poets chatted and ate and made merry, up on stage Jem SPARKLES shimmered and shone, stomping & moaning and growling and purring her up-beat selection of Original tunes and Seventies favourites. When she kicked into “Ring of Fire” the Rev could hold back no longer and falling to his knees at Jem’s feet, sang an impassioned accompaniment to the second verse.

Young David on Cello soared industriously away, ably supporting Jem’s pyro-technics with a magnificent humm & thrumm. The two muso’s wove a rich full sonic tapestry to enfold us in.

Fittingly for this, our final gig at the Croquet Club, Jem ended her last set with a Stirling rendition of Jimmy Morrison & the Doors doom laden classic, “The End” and left the stage to rapturous applause.

Next up it was time for our esteemed, elected local representative

Kurilpa Cup Judge, Mr Jonothan Sri to stretch his poetic legs.

He clearly enjoyed the opportunity to get back to his poetic roots,

and delivered a powerhouse set, passionate and visionary.

Jono knows his material by Heart, for it comes from the Heart, and he delivers in a style both precise & well articulated and somehow at the same time, conversational. No doubt about it, as a Performance Poet he is up there with the best.

Whilst outside the Plovers screeched in accompaniment

inside Jono declaimed “Change is coming to Brisbane”,

railing with the fervour of an old Testament Prophet

and the audience responded with their own fervour.

Councillor SRI in action

For the final round Jono selected 6 poets to deliver a second poem;

Treebeard, Shane K., Damien Becker, The Reverend Hellfire, Fi and Ms Pixxiegutzz.

All six deserved their place in the second Round, and as Jono admitted, there were a couple more who could easily have been selected. Yes, the poetic quality was high that day, the content was eclectic and varied, and overall I didn’t hear a single dud poem.

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Reverend Hellfire led off with his own Epic of Environmental Angst, laden with prophetic foreboding. Damien Becker delved into the deeply personal to discover the archetypal. Shane K had Death itself nibbling at his buttocks, Treebeards’ reflected ruminations proved to be conclusively inconclusive, and MZ PixxieGutz confirmed her reputation as the articulate voice of Teen Angst, while Fi’s gentle tale spoke to us of the quiet joys of Domestic Bliss, Love and Food. Especially the Food.

Linda surveys the art of the enigmatic Shane K.

And so it was Judgement Hour. Various Public Service Announcements of Interest filled the brief interlude, as our worthy Judge tallied his notes, flipped coins, and prepared his Alibis. Meanwhile Visual Arts Director Shane K was subjected to questioning over his Art, which was featuring on the Virtual Gallery for the occasion.

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I didn’t envy Jono his task. Judging Poetry performances is fraught with peril at the best of times. How much weight should be given to the Delivery?..to the Content?..to the Skill shown in the construction, to the “Punch” of the Poem itself, the immediate visceral Hit of Recognition when a poem is saying it & laying it down True?

Starting with the Judges’ Traditional Opening Remarks on the Difficulty of their Task, Jono when on to thoughtfully and generously review the Work presented that day. But in the end, as they say, there can only be One Winner (well, actually one year we had Two winners, and ever since then we’ve kept a spare Cup to one side..just in case) and in this particular instance, it was our Journeyman Poet from across the Tweed, Mr Damien Becker who won the day with his alchemically constructed poetry that amalgamated the Personal with the Political

and distilled it into the Philosophical.

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Showing that the Judges instincts weren’t entirely amiss,

it was then revealed that Damien was also this years winner of the People’s Choice Award! This is the first time that a competing Poet has collected both Prizes simultaneously, so Damien can truly claim to have won both Critical and Popular acclaim.

(One of Damien’s prize winning poems will be appearing shortly on this site.)

All in all it was indeed a fabulous occasion, and a fitting goodbye to the old Croquet Club which has provided us with such a fine home for so long. Thanks to all the Poets, all the Listeners and everyone who contributed to make it such a memorable occasion.

just the usual assortment of ratbags & nogoodnoks

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Words- Unckle Rat

Pictures; Shane K (mostly)

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2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup! Line Up & Rules

Line Up & Rules for the fabulous

2019 KURILPA POETRY CUP

Sunday 30th June, 2pm

with Feature Poet & Guest Judge

JONATHAN SRI

& Mystery Musician

JEM SPARKLES

Ooh it Sparkles!

& the unsuspected Artistry of

SHANE K

the enigmatic Shane K

Master of Ceremonies

CAM LOGAN

Yes once again the Kurilpa Poetry Cup is upon us,

a chance for all local Vocals & vociferous Versifiers to strut their stuff

and win fabulous prizes, including, of course,

the multi-purpose magnificence of the CUP itself,

as well as the traditional Bottle of Wine,

a Loaf of Bread & a Book of Verses,

and a small cash prize of $50,

plus a number of other subsidiary prizes to be awarded

to sundry contestants at the discretion of our esteemed Judge.

Jonno at Kurilpa poets 2016

JUDGE JONATHAN

This year we are honoured to have help with the Judging duties for the KP CUP, non-other than our very own Political Firebrand and Poetic Maverick, local Greens councillor, Jonathan SRI.

Jonno has always been a keen supporter of the Kurilpa Poets and Poetry in general. Indeed, he is a polished and articulate poetic performer in his own right, and we look forward to his return appearance at the Croquet Club for the 2019 Kurilpa Poetry Cup.

Judging Poetry can be a difficult business, (Poets have been known to bve overly sensitive!) and we thank Jonno for taking the time out from his busy schedule to take on yet another “civic duty”.

2013 kurilpa cup

The guidelines are pretty much the same as in previous years..

KURILPA POETRY CUP GUIDELINES

*There is no fee for competing in the Cup.

*Sign up is from 1.45.

*The first round will start approx 2.20.

*A number of finalists will be selected to go on to the final round, so have at least 2 two poems prepared.

*You can use props or musical instruments or assistants.

*There is not usually a time limit, but if there are a large number of entrants we may have to ration out reading time on the day. We therefore advise keeping yr poems under the 4 minute mark.

The Winning Poet will be showered with prizes, these being;

*An elegant, re-purposed Trophy (reputed to possess Mystical Powers!)

*A handsome certificate suitable for framing or wrapping fish

*$50 in cash,

and of course, the traditional

*Loaf of Bread, Jug of Wine and Book of Verses.

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There will also be a Peoples Choice Award, and worthy competing Poets this year may be awarded various other trinkets for their efforts as the Judges whim or fancy dictates.

For those interested in learning more about the origins and history of this Iconic Event, the Reverend Hellfire has produced an historical monograph, which can be read

at;

https://reverendhellfire.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/a-true-history-of-the-kurilpa-cup/ 

“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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JEM SPARKLE’S “BEAUTIFUL LIFE”

The Kurilpa Poets April MYSTERY MUSICIAN 

JEM SPARKLES

presents the West End Launch

of her fabulous new EP, 

“BEAUTIFUL LIFE”

 91 Cordelia Street, Sunday, 29th April, 2pm

Jem Sparkle is one of the Water Rats favourite guest musicians, so we were considerably excited to hear the news that she would be using her appearance at the Kurilpa Poet’s “Friendly Fire” event to launch her new EP,

“Beautiful Life”  

This is the the Sparkly Ones first recorded product, containing four of her own, original songs. Happily she has the knack of writing catchy/classic tunes with simple but heart-felt lyrics. She’s also a seasoned and confident performer after years perfecting her Art playing the West End music scene and we’re certainly looking forward to hearing her perform the new songs from Beautiful Life at the Olde Croquet Club this Sunday.

Jem and Guitar at work

The well-named Ms Sparkle always lights up the room when she plays, her Music projects a strong Spirit & a beautiful Soul and hopefully this new recording will be able to capture something of the vivacity of her live performances.

Not sure what format/s BEAUTIFUL LIFE is being made available in (CD? Download? Wax Cylinders? Cuneiform Clay Tablets? ) but hopefully copies of this artefact will be available for purchase and autographing on Sunday. See you there at the Olde Croqquet Club beneath the trees of Sacred Musgrave Park.

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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,”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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Dinosaurs & Cats Photo review

Photo Review:

Dinosaurs & Cats

Sunday Sept 24th

October Feature Poet Sean West and Swine Fly survivors

It is a rare Kurilpa Poets event that occurs without some sort of Chaos in the Mix, and our September show proved to be no exception. With a savage outbreak of swine fever scything thru the Water-Rats’ ranks, many of our best and brightest were MIA, and even our favourite (and hitherto reliable) Mystery Musician, the ever glittery Jem Sparkles, missed her first set, being cruelly chained in a kitchen

by her wicked Day-Job Overlords (Not unlike Cinderella!)

Finally a personal appeal (and several veiled threats) from the Reverend Hellfire saw her released from servitude.

Poet/Paleontologist Reverend Hellfire unearths the bones of the dreaded Thesaurus!

Playing for time as our errant musician sped croquet-clubwards, the Rev promptly launched the first Open Mic session, appropriately with a comic poem whose subject matter concerned both dinosaurs and cats, thus killing two thematic birds with one metaphorical stone, which seems more than appropriate seeing as how birds are dinosaurs anyways.

Sav socks it to them

SAVANU then took us on a twisted visit to the Pantomime,

while Trent‘s poetry was “filled with unholy fire/drunk and demented by the side of the road”.

Burning with unholy fire, Mr Trent Quinlan

Nomadic Bard Cahala mused of Dinosaurs and Free Will, while 2-time Kurilpa Poetry Cup winner Cam Logan, suffering from Geometric/ post-traumatic stress left over from a childhood Ikea nightmare, declaimed darkly on the human body repair industry..

Ikea traumatised Cam logan

Nomadic bard, Cahala

Bernadette “Marching-to-the-beat-of-no-one’s drummer-thank-you-very-much” le Goulleon then fantasised of living in a Menopausal Dinosaur Garden (look out Clive Palmer!).

Bernie explains

This October’s Future Feature Poet, the newcomer Leo Porter, gave us a preview of things-to-come, deftly delivering some dark verse for a Dystopian Brisbane whilst conducting ongoing experiments to see if beer cured cancer, “I love you like my pocket calculator”, he confessed.

Kurilpa newcomer Leo Porter

The ever erudite Michael Vaughan delivered an elegant tribute to cats, (as well as some rather delicious chocolates) or as he describes them, those “felicitous felines” with “ways and manners agreeably styled”.

Rounding up the first Open Mic was the Loaded Dog, rising above the smoke of burning heretics to deliver the good news: “Optimism defies Gravity!”.

The Gravity defying Loaded Dog

Meanwhile Jem finally got to play and delivered a rousing set that had everyone within earshot unconsciously tapping their toes wherever they stood or sat.

All that Glitters is Jem Sparkles

Suitably refreshed and entertained we sat back to listen to fresh-faced Feature Poet Sean West.

Sean came to us on the recommendation of the lovely Annie te Whiu of Qld Poetry Festival fame and we were keen to see what this rising young poet had to show us.

Soon we found ourselves drenched in Aquatic Imagery & Cartoon Modernism..Under-water Elegies in Coral tones, speaking in spittle, anchored in whispers of Salt whilst incestuous sea-horse skeletons were making a living from stealing other people’s homes and an Iron Giant expanded his rusting vocabulary..

Feature Poet Sean West studies the menu

We surfaced from the depths of this Subconscious Sea to hear the Poet deliver a Poem for a Grandmother with Dementia, recording the scene with the Compassionate Heart of a Poet and the Dispassionate clarity of an Artists’ eye. “Tiger, she says, for no reason at all..”

Sean finishes his set standing up for the Forces of Love,

The priests are wrong if they call this Sin!”

and left the stage to much applause. All in all a very confident and competent debut performance as feature poet, I thought, and hopefully the first of many more..

Linda shakes the “egg-rattlers” Trent appears to have eaten his. Woops..

2nd Open Mic saw Bernadette return to tell the “Tale of Humbugs Folly” while the Rev examined the unsuspected connection between Tyranno-saurus rex and the terrible toes of his backyard chickens.

Rev goes for a stroll

Tongue wedged firmly in both cheeks, Cahala mourned not being Middle Class, followed by Savanu who celebrated the joys of finding of a “Hydroponic Bud” on the mean streets of West End.

Budding genius Savanu

Madcap Geoffrey gave us a nostalgic poem dedicated to “the Bad Boys who sat at the back of the Bus”, before going on to declare that he was in fact the reincarnation of William Shakespeare. Yes..well..Clearly no problems with Geoffrey’s self-esteem.

Geoffrey “Call me Shakespeare” Evans

Leo returned like a youthful Moses to warn us against too much Laughter: “Prepare for Darkness people!”.. Trent amused us with his proposal for a Political Crimes Quiz Show, while Cam gave us a word of warning about “Those guys!”

Cam can

Trent sticks to the script

Those guys indeed! The day wound to it’s close. The kitchen elves and our myriad of volunteers who always make the hall look so shiny clean when we finish buzzed around while the inevitable clusters of people who still want to hang around and keep talking drift off in clumps and clots. Some making for the Big Lizard & the Rumpus Room down at West End, and some for their burrows in some quiet river bank, there to compose their poems and songs for next month.

See you then!

Meantime, I’ll let the pictures do the talking.

Salud!

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-Words; by Unckle Rat

-Photos by Shane K

More Poems about Dinosaurs and Cats, Sunday 24th September

The Kurilpa Poets

proudly present;

“More Poems about Dinosaurs and Cats”

Sunday, 24th September, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane

‘neath the trees of Musgrave Park.

Sylvia Plath and TS Elliot don their costumes in preparation for this months Kurilpa Poets event

Spring is in the air and the Water Rats have awakened from their Winter hibernation to launch their latest poetic extravaganza upon an unsuspecting world.

This month our poetic theme is dedicated to the lumbering giants and the slinking felines that have graced our planet,

and was in part inspired by last month’s Feature Poet,

Tom Nelson‘s touching, bittersweet poem;

Our Dad Hates Cats“.

Also, it may not be generally known

that “Cats” and “Dinosaurs” are the two most frequently entered search terms (after Pornography & Donald Trump of course) on the Internet today and as such our theme is clearly a cheap ploy to act as click-bait and seize the fickle Public’s attention for a nano-second or two..

Be that as it may, we encourage people this month to bring

 their poetic tributes for the scaled, the feathered and the furred.

Our Mystery Musician this month is non-other than the enchanting Mz Jem Sparkles, surely the personification of Spring herself and a real cool cat to boot.

The Reverend Hellfire will be emerging from his primeval swamp to act as Master of Ceremonies, whilst

Lumbering thru the Virtual Gallery’s Big Screen, will be artistic leviathan,

Jack B Yeats, landscape artist and brother

of the famous WB Yeats of Poetic renown.

As always there’ll be 2 Open Mic Sessions, Free Food and Refreshments, Free Onsite Parking, Surprising Prizes and fabulous, friendly Folk in full abundance.

Yes, all this and more for a mere $5 at the door

or an even more mere $4 if you’re a KICI member.

And if you’re feeling Community-minded we encourage you to bring a plate or bottle or packet of something nice

to share at the Feast.

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WARM WINTER WORDS featuring David Hallett, Sunday 25th June

The Kurilpa Poets proudly present

“Warm Winter Words”

2pm, Sunday 25th June, 2017

featuring;

Byron Bay Beatnik Bard

DAVID HALLETT;

is Brisbane Bound!

Spangly Songstress

JEM SPARKLE:

to Sing Sweetly

Realtime Raconteur

Special Guest MC; CAM LOGAN

Rocks in as Ringmaster

And as Always

Open Mic Sessions*Free Food & Refreshments* Free Onsite Parking* Prizes* Artists Virtual Gallery*

Available to All

Friendly Folk

91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane

in the shade of sacred Musgrave Park

Warming up for his Kurilpa Poets gig, David Hallett

The Winter Solstice loometh once again

and the Water Rats will be huddled in their lair,

sharing words of wit, warmth and wisdom

to keep the wicked winds of winter at bay.

Speaking of “bay”, that’s exactly where this month’s

fabulous Feature poet, the right esteemed

DAVID HALLETT,

will be coming from. Byron Bay that is.

This respected Elder from amongst our Poetic Cousins across the border, is a man with Poetry at the core of his being. A Poetic Fixture of the NSW North Coast scene, where he hosts, amongst other ventures, the long running “Writers at the Rails”, he has been writing, teaching and promoting poetry there for over twenty years.

His poems, it has been said, “are polished perfection like the smooth black pebbles washed up on the shores of Seven Mile Beach. His words a breath of fresh sea air with the tang of woodsmoke”.

He has performed his work worldwide.

A sampling of his poetry, and further information on his various activities, can be viewed at:

http://www.davidhallett.com/

Yes, it’s always a memorable occasion

when David comes to town, and it’s been far too long since he last appeared, in your humble narrators opinion. So be sure not to miss the opportunity of eye-witnessing this polished poetic performer in person.

The Sparkly geetars of Ms Jem

MID-WINTER MYSTERY MUSICIAN

for this Solstice gathering will be Kurilpa’s favourite

femme fatale

JEM SPARKLES

who will be sure to keep the midwinter Blues away with her vivacious vibes, infectious smile, and her toe-tapping, heart-warming mix of rockin’ originals and Juke Box classics. Come watch this crazy diamond shine on!

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Meanwhile, providing the requisite Eye-Candy up on the Virtual Gallery’s Big Screen this month,

our Visual Arts Director, the ever encyclopedic Shane K, will be bringing us the Art

of 20th Century American Modernist

Stuart Davis.

His work, described as “brash, bold and colourful”, was also deeply political in inspiration. Elements of his Art was also seen as influential in the development of the later Pop Art movement.

See More! Hear More! Sunday 25th!

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