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.

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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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Photo Review; SUBVERSIFY with Jono SRI

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Green Performance Poet Jonothan Sri rouses the rabble!

SUBVERSIFY/DIVERSIFY/REVERSIFY/DEFY

“Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the World”

-PB Shelley

And so the refuseniks and no-good-niks of the Kurilpa Sector gathered in subVERSivE conclave at the Old Croquet Club beneath the sinister trees of Musgrave Park. There in the shadows beneath the spreading Tower Blocks (whose concrete goose-stepping across the suburb surely embodies the March of Capitalism Triumphant!)the Poetic Underground prepared for their campaign of Cultural Terrorism. Poets, lesbians, drug fiends and vegetarians, many wearing sandals, or sporting the Black Beard of Anarchism, muttered mad maledictions against the monopolistic Molochs, the Mighty Money Men who Make and Shake. Yes, these miserable malcontents clearly cared nothing for the delights of Progress or Growth!

Incendiary odes were armed, Subversive sonnets were suggestively wired to alarm clocks. Secret codes were maliciously embedded in innocent Bush Ballads. All was ready for the Revolution..

Reverend Rat

Reverend Rat

Unfortunately, fearing capture by enemy agents, I swallowed my notes from that afternoon and so I’m going to have to reconstruct mainly from memory here..

Our favourite Mystery Musician, JEM SPARKLES, graciously stepping in to replace this months missing act, opened the show with a thump and a growl.. Yes Jem was all sparkles and glitter as she played a mix of her own original songs (all hit material) and a selection of Seventies Jukebox Greats. Ch-Ch-Ch-Cherry Bomb!

Jem Sparkles & Glitters!

Jem Sparkles & Glitters!

After a brief reflection on the ethics of politicians (they haven’t any) by the Reverend Hellfire, the Open Mic got rolling. Hitting the stage that day were;

Michael Vaughan (back after an absence),

old stager Geoffrey “the Gatekeeper” Evans,

Nigel De Free,

John Tracey with a few thoughts on the Greens,

Newcomer, the stylishly dressed Hugo Russell,

not actually present, TC ‘s poem was read by Geoffrey,

Lou, a mate of Bob Mud (Hey Bob! Come and visit us!)

Kurilapa Poets elder Paul Dobbyn,

Long time listener, First time reader REB got up and impressed us with a powerful Rap piece.,

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Another first time reader, Marina, took us back to school

with a stirring rendition of the classic Banjo Patterson

Man from Snowy River. The Rev promised to respond next month by reading something by Henry Lawson! Lovely Linda Loop emerged from the kitchen to chant the Lyrics from the Tapeloops  1984 hit song, “The Landlord Said” with it’s concluding line “All Houses should be Free!” Bloody Anarchists!

The enigmatic genius behind the lens, Shane K, in a rare photo portrait!

The enigmatic genius behind the lens, Shane K, in a rare photo portrait!

I think there were one or two more readers, and a couple of prospective poets were allowed to slip through the net, but only after they were made to promise to read something next time.

Jem laughs

Jem laughs

After a suitably refreshing break and another great set from Jem Sparkle that earned her loud cheers of appreciation,

we moved on to the afternoons main act, the much anticipated appearance by our duly elected local Councillor,

Green activist and Performance Poet, Jonothan SRI.

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We invited Jono not only because we appreciate his grass-roots style of, community based political activism but because he has eschewed the usual process of packaging himself as a normal, suit wearing politician and is proud to both call himself a performance poet, and for his attempts to mix his poetry with his activism.

Jono read for about 20 minutes, delivering a consistently powerful set that kept the audience attention throughout. As a poetic performance it was a truly impressive, professional set. His poems were all internalised so he could concentrate on delivery. He spoke well and clearly, bringing just the right emotion to his pitch without going overboard into the ranting which so many younger poets mistake for passion.

As an exercise in political polemics, to me it works, but then Jono and I are coming from pretty much the same place it seems, so I have no idea what a raving right wing bastard would make of it all.

The images and ideas were expressed with clarity, and rather than being dogmatic, to much of the verse was a “questioning” quality. This is Poetry that asks Why? and asks you to help the poet work out the answer.

To paraphrase good old ratbag, Walt Whitman,

“The Age of Politicians & Priests is Over! The Poets shall be the prophets of the Future”

The usual crew of loiterers and malingerers

The usual crew of loiterers and malingerers

All in all, we took a few bricks from the wall,

the Revolution isn’t over but we had a great afternoon,

with a really positive Community Vibe. We shared words and bread and wine, visions and ideas.

Enjoy the photos.

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-Words by; Unckle Rat

-Images by Shane K

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SUBVERSIFY UPDATE, Jem Sparkles and Beatrix Potter to appear!

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SUBVERSIFY UPDATE

The tension builds with less than 24 hours until the Kurilpa Poets SUBVERSIFY event takes place on Sunday 25th September at 2 pm, with Feature Poet Jonothan Sri

leading the vanguard of our highly trained cadre of subversive Poets.

Government forces are already erecting barricades around the compound as supporters gather in the nearby safety of Musgrave Park. Several on the spot fines have already been slapped on poet protesters for attempting to declaim Haiku in a public space and one man was led away on suspicion of speaking in Blank Verse. Meanwhile, a break-away faction of bush-poets have set up camp by the Billabong..sorry, I meant the Rotunda, from which they are flying the Eureka Flag.

JEM SPARKLE Steps Up

Jem Sparkles Solo Shock!

Jem Sparkles in action!

Meanwhile in news just to hand, we learn that there are dramatic events occuring on the Musical Front. After the chaos following the mysterious dissappearance of Mystery Musician, Dawn Daylight, several days ago, Kurilpa apparatchiks were relieved to be able to announce that Kurilpa Poet favourite, Jem Sparkle, would be stepping up to provide the days soundtrack.

Jem always lifts the mood with her charming presence and charged performances, so we look forward to seeing her return on this occasion.

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Meanwhile, marching as always to the beat of his very own samba band, Visual Arts Director and known refusnik,

Shane K will be showing the Works of the Greats!

Great Early Illustrators of Childrens Books, that is.

Judicious selections from the illustrations of John Tenniel, Beatrix Potter and Sheppard, amongst others, will be presented for your delectation, and as always, expect our erudite Arts Director to deliver an informal but illuminating dissertation on the subject.

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IS THIS LOVE? -July PHOTO REVIEW

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The Doctor is in! Matt Hetherington 

KURILPA POETS JULY PHOTO REVIEW;

“IS THIS LOVE??”

Sure it F**kin’ is!

The Rev, Jem and Linda build a Ring of Fire!

The Rev, Jem and Linda build a Ring of Fire!

“Any Man who can safely drive whilst kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”- Albert Einstein

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“Love“, the wise old, bearded-philosopher & pervert, Plato, once declared,” makes Poets of us All!” and it certainly seemed there was no lack of Inspiration at the Kurilpa Poets July Event, where for once, the day’s designated Theme was not completely ignored by all and sundry!

Looks like the Love Poem still has Legs!

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So after a suitably sultry opening set from smouldering songstress Jem Sparkle (Solo on this occasion)

a scarlet clad Rev Hellfire kicked off the first Open Mic by reading absent Water-Rat, Michael Vaughans

charming sonnet on memories of partners past. (As always Michael likes to bracket his poems with quotes, in this case from Albert Einstein. See above.) Wal, veteran of the old Bohemian Cafe Poetry Scene, on the other hand, candidly confessed he was not a morning person, and apt to crush the skulls of innocent pigeons before his first coffee.

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Geoffrey Evans turned in a bravura performance, assuring us that while Men may fall in Love thru the Eyes, Women fall in Love thru the Ears. (Surely every ugly Poet’s Hope!)

Tony Rice pondered whether we may one day live to see the edge of the Universe, whilst newly elected Committee member, the sternly sentient Eido Boru, referred us back to Einstein again.

Ooops! (Noises off)

Ooops! (Noises off)

Sadly Sue Dreeves Dawn-drenched verse was interrupted by the Reverend’s clumsy offstage antics, as he inexplicably made repeated attempts to destroy Jem Sparkles guitar. (Big MEA CULPA from the Rev here Ladies! Sheer clumsiness I’m afraid!) Fortunately attendants swiftly moved him out of the disaster area whilst they swept up the broken glass, and the show rolled on.. Thomas Nelson went on to assure the Object of his Poem’s Desire that “You are mine alone tonight” whilst the Kurilpa Poet’s Cultural Ambassador to Vietnam, Mr Cam Logan, told us the tale of Benny’s sentimental clarinet.

My notes for Kurilpa Cup Winner Fiona Privitera say only,

Celery“. Not sure. It might be a Vegan thing.

"She's very forgiving," explains the Rev

“She’s very forgiving,” explains the Rev

Narelle Kinneally Tolstaff then made a reappearance at Kurilpa after a gap of..oh, lets say far too long. Good to see you back dear.

Newcomer Alice sashayed stylishly on stage to deliver a most confident reading, whilst Water Rat Elder, Paul Dobbyn, popped down from his Uni-Bomber style log cabin in the bush to deliver his latest poetic manifesto.

Nigel Q PapaYandi impressively improvised an impromptu Revolutionary Love poem on the spot , whilst as always SAVANNU‘s poems seem to have the last laugh, and it’s a very strange laugh indeed. Gerrard made some public spirited announcements and Shane discoursed learnedly on this months forgotten artistic genius, Grace Cossington Smith.

Linda Loop with Grace Cossington Smith's iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in background

Linda Loop with Grace Cossington Smith’s iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge in background

Then it was time for the Refreshment Break whilst the sweetly seductive Jem sang her second set, at one stage joined by lovely Linda Loop on Trumpet and the Reverend on backing vocals (making up for his earlier misdeeds) for a rousing version of that old Johnny Cash classic, Ring of Fire.

Burn! Burn! Burn!

Burn! Burn! Burn!

Verandha Crew

Verandha Crew

Then it was time for our Feature Poet, the “Doctor of Love”, Matt Hetherington, newly shaven like a Buddhist monk (probably comes from writing all those Haiku) to deliver his set. After a serious of exquisitely crafted haiku, and similar minimalist poetic pieces, and learning that he likes his Lovers to lie on his left side, we were treated to some sensitive poems on his 9 year old daughter. (Matt shared his plan with us to chart her childhood by writing a series of such poems, producing one every twelve months or so. )Some of the glorious simplicity of the childs world was captured in the sample that we heard from this ongoing project.

Poet, Luv Doctor and part-time taxi driver, Matt Hetherington

Poet, Luv Doctor and part-time taxi driver, Matt Hetherington

Matt is a natural gentleman and his poems are like himself; intelligent, witty, wry, sometimes angry, mostly amused, sensitive yet displaying a quiet strength, self-contained and yet also caring. These are all qualities, it struck me, that are necessary for writing the perfect Love Poem.

Marketing Time!

Marketing Time!

A sombre Matt H contemplates his audience

A sombre Matt H contemplates his audience

The Second Open Mic Set saw New comer Janeen join the ranks of the Water Rats, to contribute her verse dissecting an “emotional relationship”. Or it might have been an “emotional relation-grip“..my notes aren’t clear at this point.

Cam returned to read a poem on one leg. Again, not sure why.

It’s like that Celery thing. My notes are largely disintegrated from this point, having unaccountably been soaked in wine.

Linda Loop emerged once more from the Kitchen to sing in pure tones  acapella, “Das Verlassene Madlein” an ancient Lied.

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Also adding Musical Content was a surprise appearance at the end of the day by local “living musical legend”, Ms Dawn Daylight.

Dawn Daylight

Dawn Daylight

It’s always an experience to hear Dawn sing and this was no exception. The audience was blown away by her powerful voice, as indeed was the Rev, who promptly booked her to feature as Mystery Musician in September.

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Dawn Daylight returns to Kurilpa in September

And so the Occasion ended amidst plentiful Vibes of Peace Love and Serenity. The Water Rats, Tired but Happy, scurried off to their various burrows for the night

to write more verse by candlelight no doubt, whilst the more nocturnally inclined adjourned as always to the Rumpus Room next to the Big Lizard in West End to continue the good fellowship.

As always I’ll let the pictures do the rest. Ciao till next time.

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-words by Unckle “Can’t decipher my notes” Rat.

-photos by Shane “Colourblind!!?” K.

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AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

The Water Rats will be having a break on Sunday August 28th, to show the QLD Poetry Festival our support.

Instead we’ll be helping to co-host their Indigenous Breakfast reading happening that morning at the Croquet Club.

We’ll be posting more on this before the event or you can check the QLD Poetry Festivals website for further details.

The Kurilpa Poets will be returning in September to our usual spot on the last Sunday of the month.

In fact we’ve got a really great Spring show coming up on

SEPTEMBER 25th, 2pm with a special, celebrity Politician/Poet Feature Poet who’s sure to cause a ruckus!!

Who?

Stay tuned for further details!

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IS THIS LOVE? Sunday July 31st., with Matt Hetherington

The Kurilpa Poets present:

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Sunday July 31st, 3pm

“Is this Love?”

Yes, Spring is just around the corner, you can sniff it in the air already, soon Winter’s Wattles will be blooming, to mark the turning of the Seasons, and surely also Love itself will be blooming unbidden in many a breast! So to get in the mood, this month’s theme is the Love Poem in all its forms and permutations. To illustrate, Master of Ceremonies, the Reverend Hellfire will be reading judicious selections and appropriate quotes from “the Greats“.

Matt Hetherington Doctor of Love

Stepping up as Feature Poet will be non-other than

Matt Hetherington (AKA “The Doctor of Love”)

Matt is apparently moving to Northern New South soon, so don’t miss this possibly almost last opportunity to witness the words & works of this Love poem aficionado!

Matt Hetherington

And don’t forget to bring along your own Odes to the Love Supreme and share your sensitive yearnings with the Water Rats. But Hey! Feel free to bring satirical Anti-Love poems, or bitter sonnets of doomed romance, or indeed poems of any topic at all for our two fabulous, free-speakin’, straight talkin’ Open Mic Sessions.

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The bridge in curve, 1926, Grace Cossington Smith

Illuminating our walls as always will be the Virtual Gallery‘s Unsuspected Artist of the Month. July will feature with the works of Grace Cossington Smith. This sadly now largely forgotten Australian Artist and pioneer of modernist painting is considered as being largely responsible for bringing Post Impressionism into the Aussie Art scene.

I confess I know little about her myself, (except that she lived to be over a hundred!) but I’m sure our erudite Visual Arts Director, Shane K will be able to enlighten us with one of his wonderfully edutaining talks.

Grace Cossington Smith

Grace Cossington Smith

Appropriately, given this month’s theme, our favourite Mystery Musician, the lovely Jem Sparkles, will be appearing in July to sing her inspiring songs of Love, Loss, Longing and Desire. We are uncertain at the time of writing whether Jem will be playing Solo on this occasion, or accompanied by her Golden Boys, but either way there’ll be much in the way of moody mood music in the air.

Jem Sparkles Solo Shock!

Jem Sparkles Solo Shock!

As always Food and Refreshment is provided Free

and there is Free on-site parking also.

There is a small door charge of $5 ($3 members) to cover the rent, etc.

Also, it’s become a bit of a custom at Kurilpa Poets

 for the community-minded to bring along a plate or bottle

or packet of something nice to contribute

and share at the feast. But only if you feel like it,

of course.

Be sure to check the Water Rat Gazette at kurilpapoetry.wordpress.com

for upcoming announcements.

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KURILPA POETS “May-niac Musings” with CAM LOGAN, May 29th

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The KURILPA POETS present

Sunday 29th May 2pm

“May-niac Musings”

With Feature Poet

CAM LOGAN

and Mystery Musician

JEM SPARKLES

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Delve into the depths of Poetic Lunacy this May

with the Kurilpa Poets as we lift the Bell-jar and see what comes crawling out from underneath.

Yes, from the Mystical Madness of William Blake to Rimbaud’s‘ poetic derangement of the senses, and on through Artauds’ Theatre of Cruelty and Bukowski’s tales of Ordinary Madness,

the Altered Realities of Insanity have often

provided Poets with both Muse and Method.

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Madcap “Bard of Ipswich”, Cam Logan

Freshly released from an un-named Ipswich Psychiatric Facility,

our Feature Poet this month will be non-other than two-time Kurilpa Poetry Cup winner and scourge of Insect-infested pianos, Cam Logan.

Sadly for us, this will be something of a Farewell Performance for Cam, as he is soon to be heading to Japan

 to bring Enlightenment to the natives, or teach English or something.

Cam dont call me piano man Logan

Who knows when the Winds of Fortune might bring the “Bard of Ipswich” back to our shores, so don’t miss this last opportunity to experience the mellifluous barbs of this celebrated Satirist.

Jem Sparkles

Jem Sparkles

Providing soothing Musical Therapy for the inmates will be our regular Mystery Musician, that lovely Loon with a tune, Ms Jem Sparkles. (Jem may or may not be playing with her imaginary support band, depending on whether the new medication is taking effect)

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Skipping his medications entirely for the day to act as MC (Master of Craziness), the Reverend Hellfire will be treating us to his own auditory hallucinations, presented in the form of poems.

And of course we’ll be providing Occupational Therapy in the form of 2 Open Mic sessions so whether you’re a crazed Visionary in a garret, or the Last Sane Voice in a World gone Mad, we’d love to have you come and share your words with us.

As always the Virtual Gallery will be providing Visual stimulation with the disturbing work of Unsuspected Artists extracted from the archives by our Visual Arts Director.

And as usual there’ll be Free Food and Refreshments, Prizes, Free on-site parking and some of the friendliest Poets in Town.

All this and more for a mere $5 ($3 members)

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So come and join us

beneath the Healing Trees

of sacred Musgrave Park at

The Olde Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, West End.

Sunday, 29th May, 2pm

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Post script; It is Kurilpa Custom for the community-minded to bring some fruit, or a plate or bottle or packet of something nice, to contribute to the Feast.

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PHOTO REVIEW, Kurilpa Poets, March 2016

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Twas a vibrant and colourful day indeed. Our fabulous Feature Poet, the ever-vivacious Ms Pascalle Burton, was herself as colourful as a tree full of parrots and charmed us all with her witty and sensitive verse. She also at one stage channelled the spirit of Samuel Beckett to render a ridiculously extended “shaggy dog story” of a poem to great effect.

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Kurilpa’s favourite Mystery Musician, the shimmering

Ms Jem Sparkles and her nameless minions, the Golden Boys” kept the vibe high throughout.. (Jem’s developing a definite growl to her voice which really brings an edge to her original songs.)

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The Open Mic was varied and entertaining as always, with a good mix of old and new readers stepping up to take their turn at the Mic.

Sharing their words with us that day we had Dr Michael Vaughan admiring a dragon-fly’s skilled hovering like a helicopter, more of the venerable Eido Boru‘s punk poems,

whilst newcomer Sharnty’s cutting off of wings impressed the crowd.

The Reverend Hellfire channels Moses

The Reverend Hellfire channels Moses

Geoffrey Evans love poem cajoled it’s Intended to be “congenially conjoined”, Sue Dreaves was colourfully clad and quietly well-spoken as always, last month’s newcomer Bryce returned to share some thoughts on Love, whilst Nigel Qpapayandi took us walking into the Future and earned a hug from the Reverend Hellfire.

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Brother Trent‘s new anthem proudly assured us that Australia’s “coal is girt by sea”, whilst Tony Kneipp read a moving tribute to recently departed West End Artist/Bohemian Scrounger Brad Harms. (Amusingly Pascalle later revealed that she was a collector of “Harmiana” herself, having swapped a pizza for a couple of Brads’ paintings back in the day.)

Latest Kurilpa Poets member, the just-signed-up Thomas Nelson received the traditional welcoming chorus of “Gabble Gooble! One of Us!” from the assembled Water Rats.

Newcomers Kerry and Fiona both bravely stepped forth in turn and each earned earnest applause, whilst that ragged, rat-bag Doctor of Philosophy, Gerry Keaney, rounded the Session off with a typically explosive performance.

Gerry K unleashes one of his sensitive odes

Gerry K unleashes one of his sensitive odes

As always public-spirited Water-rats contributed generously to the Feast with food and drink, and the resulting magnificent spread was happily shared by all.

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Kurilpa’s heroic Kitchen Crew prepare the feast

Shane's not just Visual Arts Director- he makes a fine tray of "snails" as well

Shane’s not just Visual Arts Director- he makes a fine tray of “snails” as well

Up on the Virtual Gallery, Arts Director Shane K took us thru the high points of the career of Aussie Pop-Artist and Tiny Tim fancier, 60’s rebel, Martin Sharp.

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A surprise appearance by the legendary Kurilpa Rat himself brought the day to a suitably religious conclusion, as he scurried about distributing his gifts of choklate eggs and joy to the assembled poets.

Kurilpa Rat scampers amongst the crowd

Kurilpa Rat scampers amongst the crowd distributing his bounty

Later, as the Sun headed towards the horizon, across the road in the old church a tribe of happy-clappers prepared to celebrate Easter in their own weird & white-bread way. It was time to move on. And so, as has become traditional, the heavy thinkers and heavy drinkers of the Kurilpa Clan then adjourned to the Big Lizard down at West End for Happy Hour.

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

See you all next month!

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Words: Unckle Rat

Photos: Shane K

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MARTIN SHARP, Virtual Gallery feature, Sun 27 March

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MARTIN SHARP

Kurilpa Poets, Sun 27th March

Kurilpa Poets Visual Arts Director, the reclusive Shane K,

has announced that The Virtual Gallery‘s Feature Artist for the Kurilpa Poets 27th March Event,

will be none other than Tiny-Tim-obsessed, Luna-Park-loving, iconoclastic, 60’s Flower Child,

MARTIN SHARP.

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Get ready for some old-school visual fireworks!

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Photo Review; YOUNG ETERNALS LIVE!

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Lunchbox Poets.. Packed with Goodness!

Twas brillig and several slithy toves were seen

gimbling by the wabe, but they were soon removed

by Council workers and the day continued as programmed.

A savage storm sprung up out of nowhere and lashed the park

at precisely 2.10pm, but by then the stragglers were safely

inside and sheltering behind our new

“Zombie-apocalypse proof” metal roller-blinds.

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Yes, there was a fine turn-out of new faces and old hands gathered to bathe in the Poetic Fountains of Eternal Youth,

while Mystery Musician Jem Sparkle, appearing for the first time without her “Golden Boys”, warbled and wailed her way thru a melodic selection of covers and originals to open the affair..

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Jem played an interesting mix of originals and old favourites.

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Jem Sparkles on with or without Golden Boys!

   

Guest MC Sophie Tarrant, wearing a fetching

 Maggie Thatcher style power-bouffant soon had the crowd warmed-up and launched into the first Open Mic session. (Interestingly Sophie has apparently never heard of Margaret Thatcher! Honestly! Young people today!).

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Sophie shares words of advice from HOT TEEN SLUT

Tendering some avuncular advice, the Reverend Hellfire advised the impressionable audience to burn their bridges behind them. (Not to mention ripping up the rail lines and cutting the optic fibre).

Linda Loop emerged from the kitchen to inspire us all with an Acapella version of The Impossible Dream. Also pleased to see one of our former feature poets KUDOS turn up after a too-long absence and deliver a couple of his rapid-fire, word-perfect, hip-hop styled poems. He also apparently has a single coming out soon so listen out for that one. We’re hoping to have KUDOS back for a feature spot real soon.

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Of course it’s not Open Mic without the Irrepressible Jeffrey Evans to spout a bit of Keats or one of his own rambling soliloquies and so he did. It was good to see long-time Kurilpa supporters Glen Manga and Dushan Bojic back up at the Open Mic again after being MIA for a couple of meetings. Nor would it be a real Open Mic without Kurilpa regulars, Paul Dobbyn, Tony Kneipp (who’s developing a disturbing resemblence to Karl Marx lately)and Sue Fihelly delivering something thoughtful for the occasion and they did not disappoint.

Glen Manga and the Eternally Young crowd

Glen Manga and the Eternally Young crowd

Up on the Virtual Gallery’s big screen, Shane’s Saul Steinberg retrospective gave the day that little extra bit

of wacko eye-candy we’ve come to love so much.

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The rain stopped and after the break with fine food,

 much talk and more melodious tunes from Jem,

we returned for the much anticipated Lunchbox Poets set.

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Resplendent in stylish summer hats, together the three girls, Morgan Larkin, Hai Xia Wang Pole and Molly Sanders-Dwyer, quickly & quirkily introduced themselves, before taking turns to hold centre stage. Each LunchBoxer in turn proved to be a confident performer with a depth and maturity to their words that some perhaps may not have expected.

Interesting to contemplate just how good these young poets may become if they continue working on their Craft

and have a few more years of writing

and performing experience

behind them.

The only dissappointment with their set was I would have liked to see them on stage

working together on delivering a poem. A thought for the Future, perhaps.

Beware Claire Fitzpatrick's sly humour says the Rev..

Beware Claire Fitzpatrick’s sly humour says the Rev..

Claire F surprised some of the audience more familiar with her impassioned extemporising by delivering an almost demure performance.

Retro-resplendent in flapper attire,

She read her poems with a quiet intensity

and understated humour that kept the audience’s

attention focused thru-out.

Clair is another young poet whose work, I believe, shows

great promise for the years ahead. Indeed, I have just learned

that she has recently been offered a publishing contract

for a novel she’s written. Well done Claire! WE at the Water-Rat Gazette salute you!

Claire Fitzgerald

Later, more Open Mic.. supposedly an “under 30” session,

but no-one was looking at ID and I think not a few

of the Open Mic poets were a little over the legal limit.

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Like Doctor of Philosophy, Gerald Keaney for example.

Dressed as always with his usual quiet, good taste,

Gerry definitely delivered the afternoon’s liveliest performance.

Look forward to seeing more of Dr Keaney’s antics

when he brings his merry brand of Musos,

“Gerald Keaney and the Gerald Keaneys”

to Kurilpa in November for our special end of year

Word/Sound Bash!

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A little shy, newcomer Joe Simington nonetheless delivered some excellent verse which gave notice

of another developing talent. Another Kurilpa first-timer, Sue Dreves, also delivered some fine verse, in a quietly confident, understated manner.

 

Water Rats Linda & Guy here bear an uncanny resemblance to the Kurilpa Logo!

Water Rats Linda & the Rev here bear an uncanny resemblance to the Kurilpa Logo!

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 All around it was a fabulous day. The rain soon let up and though the croquet lawn was now a paddy-field the air was refreshed and invigorating. Some great poetry and music was heard. The Past was Celebrated and the Future looked forward to. The vibe was mellow/electric, and the food as always, was varied and tasty.

Molly, Hai Xia and Morgan AKA the Lunch Box Gang.

Molly, Hai Xia and Morgan AKA the Lunch Box Gang.

Thanks to everyone who brought food and/or helped in the kitchen or helped set up/pack up chairs at the end.

(special call-out to Hai Xia‘s mum Jen

for helping bring order out of the kitchen chaos!)

Thanks to Carol for guarding the door as always,

thanks to those who read, and thanks to those who Listened.

See you all next month!

Enjoy the pics!

Visualk Arts Director Shane Kneipp; "Shows over folks..nothing to see here.."

Visual Arts Director Shane Kneipp; “Shows over folks..nothing to see here..”

Words; Unckle Rat

Pictures; Shane Kneipp

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