The Kurilpa Poets present
Sunday 27th May, 2pm,
91 Cordelia Street,
“..And these our Actors fade into the Air..into thin Air”
– W. Shakes-speare
This month the Water Rats take flight as we present the Fourth in our Elemental Themed events, Investigating in our Poetical/Alchemical Fashion the Properties and Collective Cultural Concepts of the ancient Element of AIR.
So we therefore encourage those of you inspired by our Theme,
to bring any airy-fairy, head-in-the-cloud verse, quotes you want to float, wind-bag writings, thought-bubbles or word balloons
that you have to share
concerning the subject
of the Element AIR.
The Madcap Returns!
One of Brisbane’s most unique Poetic Performers,
Offbeat but somehow strangely Upbeat, this month’s Feature Poet marches always to the beat of his own drum.
SAVANU’s Poems are atonal algorithms, zen-like masterpieces of twisted logic and warped clarity.
Autistic Cross-words with a Sucker-Punch-Line.
Oh yes, he delivers his verse with the Wide Open Eyes of a naive Innocent, but he smiles the smile of a very old Crocodile.
In Performance SAVANU punctures his poems with his wry, sardonic laughter, as if he alone can ever get the joke. Indeed, his laughter has been described as, “the Laugh of the only Sane Man left in a World gone Mad”
and chances are, by the end of his Set,
you’ll be laughing like that too.
May Mystery Musician
This month’s Mystery Musician has deep roots in West End Culture.
Pat, usually seen, as vocalist/ guitarist for local, gritty rock outfit “HAWKMOON” is proud to proclaim that his moment of Inspiration to become a musician was while watching POWDERFINGER playing live on Vulture Street back in 2003. Since then he’s honed his skills playing many a gig and releasing an album, “The Saturn Return” in 2017.
You can hear Pat and Hawkwinds music and learn more about them here, hear? ..
Now Pat is flying SOLO for the first time for the Kurilpa Poets,
this Sunday 27th May. Be sure to have your boarding ticket
and be at the gates on time to witness the solitary Moon Hawk in flight.
Unsuspected Artist of the Month;
Our Visual Arts Director has got a real treat lined up for us this month on the virtual gallery’s Big Screen,
as we feature the surrealistic Cartoon Art
of the Creator of the Zany KRAZY KAT cartoon strip.
Featuring the antics of Crazy the Cat and anarchistic, brick-throwing mouse Ignatz against an ever shifting, alien landscape, Herriman’s strange and surreal visions inspired later generations of under-ground cartoonists to go nuts.
MC FIONA PRIVITERA
Putting this month’s line -up together
and stepping up to the Mic as Ringmaster General of the Kurilpa Circus
& Mistress of Ceremonies
is non-other than esteemed
Kurilpa Cup Winner, Fiona Privitera.
Hopefully Fi will also have some of her own wry words
of dry wit & wisdom
to share on this occasion.
And as alway there’ll be Two Open Mic Sessions, where all-comers are welcome to share their words & thoughts, Free Food & Refreshments, Free Onsite Parking, Friendly Company, Great Music and thought provoking Ideas. All this and more for a mere $5! So come and join us this Sunday ‘neath the sacred trees of Musgrave Park.
And also as always we suggest the community-minded could bring a bottle or a packet or a plate of something nice along to add to the Feast. Finally, while we encourage people to bring something to read, be it their own work or others, verse or story, the main thing is to just bring Yourself!
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)
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.
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.
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.
The Kurilpa Open Mic – November 2017
As recalled by Cameron Logan, esq.
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
“I never wrote this one”
By “The Foreskins” – I don’t wanna die
even though my life is a bore
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
Husband – suicided – His 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
“A bit over 40 years ago I wrote this”
A doberman for company, Rocky outcrops.
Caesar let the ‘roo escape. Snake – “neither bit
“– A tale told of an empty house”
donned his (smiley face) for an Emoticon delivery
After food and Tapeloops were served it was on to..
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
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!”
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 – Wonderous 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
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..
The Australasian Seed..
The Australasian Need..
etc etc etc etc We’ll let the photos tell the rest of the Story…
Is that the pitter-patter of little paws? Why, so it is!
The Kurilpa Poets return!
Sunday, 26th February, 2018
with Feature Poet
presenting his new conceptual/poetic performance piece
& Mystery Musician
Meanwhile, hovering in the Virtual Gallery
this month will be Unsuspected Artist
And our pyro-poetic Master of Ceremonies
lighting the fuse at 2pm so don’t be late!
Our Poetic Theme this month is all things watery, moist or fluid! So don’t be a drip, come and share your Liquid verses with the Crew during our Fabulous, Fun and Free-ranging
Two Open Mic Sessions!
And as always there’ll be
Free Food & Refreshments!
Free Onsite Parking!
So Beat the Heat and join us
in the air-conditioned comfort of
The Olde Croquet Club,
91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane
Beneath the shady trees
of sacred Musgrave Park
Stay tuned to the Water Rat Gazette for more details to come on this months fabulous Feature Artists!
The KURILPA POETS
Sunday, 29th October, 2pm
91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane
Beneath the trees of sacred Musgrave Park.
with Guest Feature Poet
Master of Ceremonies
OPEN MIC SESSIONS/ FREE FOOD & REFRESHMENTS/ PRIZES/
FREE ON-SITE PARKING/ PLUS
the welcoming company of our friendly and eclectic crew
of poets, musicians and other creative ratbags.
All this and more for a mere $5 at the door ($4 for members)
WELCOME TO THE LUNA VERSE..
For our Poetic Theme this month we Minions of the Moon will be delving deep into the Dark Side of the Psyche in celebration of the Celestial Mistress of all Pagan Poets,
the white Goddess herself, the Lady Diana. See our Poetic Prophets of the Word enter trance-like states to speak in Tongues and Teeth, seeking
a Luna-versal Language in which to worship their Muse! Bring your own inspired love poems to the Moon
or Lunatick Limmericks to share with the Water Rats and Friends on Sunday 29th October.
Our Feature Poet for October is Leo Porter, a talented young Brisbane based poet, who disguises his involvement in the seedy world of Performance Poetry by masquerading as a humble, second-year Law and Creative Writing student at QUT. But behind this flimsy facade of normality he has already been published in a variety of local zines, and dreams (as we all do-ed.)-of getting his work published in larger magazines and journals.
As well as appearing regularly at Ruckus Slam Open Mic sessions, Leo was also an intern at the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival and had the opportunity to appear at the QUT literary salon, delivering an impressive performance at that event. He will also be featuring later in this year at the Digital Writers’ Festival in November.
In the meantime, check out this clip of his appearance at the QUT Literary Salon.
MYSTERY MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH
Yes the inimitable Cam Logan returns, this time manifesting in his musical mode as FREE LUNA, the Maestro of the Moody Melody, the Harbinger of the Haunting Harmonic and the King of the ant-infested Keyboards! In his guise as FREE LUNA, this Vocalist Versifier most Vociferous,
presents a post-eclectic mix of rhyme and rhythm most sublime. FREE LUNA appears alas far too infrequently, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience Cam’s unique musical vision.
Up on the Virtual Gallery our Unsuspected Artist this month is the 20th Century American realist painter and influential printmaker, Edward Hopper, best known perhaps for his iconic Nighthawks in a Diner. Art Guru Shane K will explain in detail.
So stop mooning around the house like a lonely Loon,
escape the Tyranny of the Tides and enter the magickal Luna Verse of
REVEREND HELLFIRE and the KURILPA POETS,
2pm, Sunday October 29th
Kurilpa Poets present;
Sept 24th Feature Poet
This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present as our September Feature Poet, one of Brisbanes most promising young poetic talents, Sean West, mild-mannered QUT creative writing student by day, dynamic Poetic Super-Hero by night.
An avid slam poet and former QPF intern, his work has appeared in such places as IBIS, The Tundish Review, QUT Inklings Zine, Veronica Literary Magazine, Freezeray Poetry, Pastel Magazine and These Frozen Moments and also appeared in a Good Room Collective installation.
Deceptively fresh-faced Sean turns out a kind of Cartoon Modernism, studded with ageless lines of “salt encrusted wisdom” that Poets thrice his age would struggle to craft. His verse recently impressed the crowd when he appeared at the 2017 QLD Poetry Festival’s Literary Saloon.
You can view his contribution to the Salon on
You Tube at;
This will be Sean’s first Feature Performance so make sure you turn up this Sunday, 24th September, at 2pm
at 91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane, so you too can say, “I was there!”.
For more info on the days events go to..
The Kurilpa Poets
“More Poems about Dinosaurs and Cats”
Sunday, 24th September, 2pm
91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane
‘neath the trees of Musgrave Park.
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.
Just a brief reminder to water rats and Friends that
the KURILPA POETS will NOT be meeting today
(Sunday, 27th August),
as we usually do on the last Sunday of each month.
We are having a break this month
while the QLD Poetry Festival have their Annual Event.
Check their website for details.
Meanwhile, we’ll be back, better than ever, on
Sunday 24th September, 2017.
Keep an eye out for upcoming details.
POETRY ON THE AIRWAVES
You’ll be able to hear a selection of verse from the Kurilpa Poets over the next few weeks on popular Community Radio station 4RPH, on Teusday afternoons around 1.30pm and Wednesday evenings about 7.45pm.
This week you can hear works from Eido Boru, Sue Dreeves and Cam Logan.
4RPH is a member of the Radio Print Handicapped Network, their slogan..”Turning print into sound“
Why we’ve been doing that for years.
Be sure to tune in to 4RPH-that’s
1296 on your AM dial.
The Kurilpa Poets proudly present
“Warm Winter Words”
2pm, Sunday 25th June, 2017
Byron Bay Beatnik Bard
is Brisbane Bound!
to Sing Sweetly
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
91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane
in the shade of sacred Musgrave Park
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
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:
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.
MID-WINTER MYSTERY MUSICIAN
for this Solstice gathering will be Kurilpa’s favourite
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!
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
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!