2017 KURILPA POETRY CUP
TWO-TIMING ANDREW SNATCHES TROPHY!
And so the fabulous 2017 Kurilpa Poetry Cup rolled round once again, and the olde Croquet Club
on the edge of sacred Musgrave Park
was abustle with activity as the Kurilpa Poets Steering Committee struggled to break in.
Yes, the combination on the gate-padlock had been changed and we hadn’t been informed. Panic reigned briefly as an ant-line of volunteers ferried equipment over the fence whilst others made desperate phone calls or tried to crack the combination lock.
Finally, the Reverend Hellfire issued an Emergency Presidential Decree and a tyre iron quickly resolved the issue.
“Not unlike Alexander the Great“, he quipped, as he cut thru Kurilpa Poets’ very own Gordian Knot.
Access gained, our team of eager helpers quickly set up the hall, whilst Highgate Hill Songstress, Jem Sparkle,
provided her usual, ebullient soundtrack and Order emerged coyly out of Chaos.
Thus we were only slightly behind schedule as the first of
Fourteen of Brisbane’s finest poets bravely took to the stage that day
to give it their all and compete for the coveted Cup.
The 2017 KPC contestants were:
Greg Secombe aka The Loaded Dog
First up was the ever eccentric Savannu, (our Feature Poet for April). Armed with a plastic bike-horn that reminded me of performing seals and people riding unicycles, Sav assured us that it was all very easy,
“you just go round and round in a circle.. and round and round.. and..” You get the drift..
Stalwart doorkeeper Geoffrey Evans was next up and bemoaned todays, “Trumpet blowing braggadocio”.
A cynical Nigel QPY took the dark view of Nursery Rhymes, assuring us that, “Old Mother Hubbard had her hand in the Till”.
Old Kurilpa associate, Paidraig, came “bearing gifts of Pestilence”,
while the always well-spoken Michael Vaughan shared his whimsical observations.
2016 KPC winner and noted Bad Boy, Andrew Ellery was up next with a harrowing slice of gritty, real-life melodrama, “if you’re a poofta I’ll cut your head off!”
Anita Reed followed, observing how we, “Don’t remember the way they died”.
An edgy Trent Quinlan gave us a tale of Jealousy and Obsession..”Dog Park Rules” he reckoned.
Madcap Architect & Poet Loc Tran brought a poem prepared for a friend’s wedding and warned of the perils of falling “for the first person” (Personally I always fall for the Third Person, Singular.)
Next up was poetic new comer Kent, bravely taking part in his first Kurilpa Cup, and himself no stranger to the Wedding Poem Genre. Greg The Loaded Dog Secombe took a bite at a sterile Society where “only our Fear germinates”.
Descendant of those iconic resistance fighters, the Kalkadoon, Theresa Creed gave us a typically dignified performance, entreating us all to “remember the Great Warriors”.
2016’s Joint/almost KPC winner Fiona Privitera gave us an unquiet poem whispering of “unquiet blood on the killing floor”, before newcomer Cahala delivered a rapid fire allegory of “a Land formerly Free” to wrap up the first round.
After all that poetry we required refreshment. A famished audience fell on the food, soon demolishing the fabulous spread laid out by our fabulous kitchen crew, while on stage the Sparkly Jem and her lone Golden Boy kicked up a fine sound and the warped kaleidoscopic visions of Surrealist Joan Miro slid across the Virtual Gallery’s big screen like psychedelic play school Octopi.
Fortified we returned to our places to see what Feature Poet and Poetry Cup Judge, Cam Logan, had in store for us.
Now for my money, Cam has one of the best reading voices in the Brisbane Poetry Scene, and he writes some truly blistering satirical poetry when he’s fired up as well. Now combine all this with his tastefully eclectic experiments with sound/song and you’ve got a pretty entertaining and interesting mix. I particularly liked his tale about “Those guys” and the dream adventures of Special Agent K.
Having demonstrated why he’s a two time KPC winner, Cam then went off to put on his Judges Black Hat for the final round, while Visual Arts director Shane K briefed us on the career of Joan Miro.
Anita Reed got the call first and responded with a poem full of “stellar cosmic musings”. Loc Tran then got up to deliver a poem both passionate and precise, making me wish he’d give up all this architecture nonsense and spend more time working for the Muse.
Calaha then gave us a diatribe on best revolutionary practise delivered with his usual trademark rapid fire delivery. Trent returned to read us a hospital poem about an “earthbound tripper” before Andrew returned to complete round two with another challenging and powerful poem, “Prick had it coming” was the cold call in the end.
As the crowd buzzed with anticipation, Judge Cameron and the Reverend conferred. After a brief discussion, Cam stepped forth to deliver his final Verdict.
After praising all the poets participating and singling out several for special mention, and of course complaining, as judges traditionally do, of the difficulty of his task, Cam announced his decision..
And so the coveted Cup, for the second year in a row, went to a stunned and delighted Andrew Ellery!
The Runner Up (missing out by a cats whisker, or so the Sources say) was.. Loc Tran!
Amidst cheers Andrew was then bestowed with the Sacred Vessel (said to possess mystical powers!) by the Reverend, who also distributed the traditional loaf of bread, jug of wine and book of verses that form part of his esteemed prize.
Runner Up Loc Tran was also awarded a handsome Cup, tho somewhat smaller and without mystical powers (aside from the ability to command the loyalty of sea creatures!).
The other three finalists, Trent, Anita and Cahala all received handsome certificates commemorating their cultural achievement.
There was much more merriment, fun and gossip, but I’ll let the pictures tell the story. So I’ll finish up with a big thank you to all who participated in the Cup and of course, a VERY big thank you to Cameron, who took his judging duties very seriously and did an excellent job. I liked that he took the the time to explain his decisions and to find something to praise in each of the contestants.
Next month we’ll be back with the renowned Sam Wagan Watson as feature Poet, and Mystery Musicians, the Tapeloops,
and of course our fabulous Open Mic sessions.
See you there!
Words-Unckle Rat Photos- Shane K