VOX DOMINA 28th May PHOTO REVIEW

VOX DOMINA PHOTO REVIEW*

The Ladies Step Out!

VOX DOMINA

Wow! What a fabulous day at the Olde Croquet Club. Amazing poetry, an eclectic soundtrack, delicious food and, as ever at Kurilpa Poets gatherings, a friendly and diverse mix of interesting People.

MC and organising genius of the day, Fiona Privitera,

Reaching out to the Audience;, Fiona Privitera

had assembled for us an impressive array of poetic talent of the Feminine persuasion.

One such was Mystery Musician Marissa Allen, who hummed and thrummed her eldritch Violin and crooned like an ancient Sybil as the hall quickly filled with Old Friends and New Faces.

Marissa thrums and ullulates!

First up of the Feature Poets, Laura Kenny‘s poetry delivered intimate observations with a Wise Woman’s eye, surveying a World of meaningful minuatae, her observations ranging from homely memories of the ritual of dressing, to the sad existence of the child miners of India.

Laura Kenny

The Open Mic unleashed a diverse motley of voices of every gender for us to consider;

Kurilpa newcomer Suin Ni gave us a vision of predatory Urban Landscapes where, “Leopards are stalked by Developers” (She later told me that the “Leopards” in question could also refer to “Leopard Trees”)

Bohemian poet Bernadette le Goullon making her first appearance at Kurilpa, then told us the tale of her own ongoing battle with Developers to save some trees.

 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Last month’s Feature Poet Savanu warned us that “Life has become a terrible risk!” Cahala came on next to rumble and roar, followed by Sue Dreeves, a vibrant vision in purple. Alas, soft spoken Sue’s voice was drowned out somewhat by the sounds of Dischord drifting in from the “Real World” outside.

Trent then gave us an Epic nursery rhyme (I had trouble finishing it, he later confessed) with lashings of Sex.

The Rev shuffled on stage, broom in hand , to bemoan the fate of the modern “House Husband”. Cam Logan was quick and to the point. Loaded Dog growled a warning. CAVE CANEM, as the Ancients put it. Old Kurilpa-ite Rebekah Copas returned, jaunty Ibis feather in her hair, to speak of “Unseen Beings” and finish up the first open Mic.

Time for a break and whilst Marisa Allen wailed and vibrated, her nameless minion on drums rattled an ominous Thunder.

rattle and thrumm

(tho I personally felt that a simpler drumkit would have worked better with Marisa’s sparse sound.) The poets & friends meanwhile feasted on the fine Spread aesthetically laid out before them by our hard-working and hygienic kitchen crew. Linda and Gil deserve a big call out here for bringing Order out of the kitchen Chaos each month.(Lord knows why, but people just love to loiter and lurk in the kitchen. In future we may have to put up a piece of string to act as an Impenetrable Barrier.)

 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

After the break they emerged from the kitchen to demonstrate their own artistic talents. Gil brought a couple of her new paintings along to display and spoke of how her most recent work, a blood-red affair, was inspired by the recent tragic events in Manchester. Songstress Linda Loop later demonstrated her vocal prowess during the Open Mic

Gil brings out her Art vision

by delivering a cascading, note-perfect rendition of the Schubert Lied “To Art” (An die Musik) in faultless German.

Visual Art Supremo and Candid photographer Shane K gave an informative talk on Australian “Modernist”, Margaret Preston, whose paintings and prints had been playing over the Virtual Gallery. I was interested to learn that apparently her husband was one of those rare paragons who gave unwavering support to their partners Artistic aspirations. Should be more of it.

Vanessa Page

At this point I must confess I’ve lost my notes for

Vanessa Page‘s Feature Set. Sorry. (Better than last month though, when I lost ALL my notes. This month I only lost one page. Damn it, it was here this morning!)

But I do recall it was a bloody good set, professionally and passionately delivered, that had the audience’s attention riveted throughout, despite the sounds of Dischord once again drifting in from the Hostile Outside World. If you get the chance to see Vanessa Page live, you won’t be disappointed.

Vanessa delivers

Marisa Allen demonstrating her versatility, then did a set of her poems sans violin. (notes! notes!)

Finally the second Open Mic session arrives, somewhere in the middle of which my notes resume..

 

 

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The REV made a call for “More Beautiful Men and more Powerful Women“, whilst Bernadette returned to explain how her glasses were provided by the Government noting; “that’s how they Control what you see!” After 29 years off alcohol, Savanu gave us a poem about “Harold who hates cats”. Cahala assured us we are “all Masterpieces of Art”, though in my case possibly a “flawed masterpiece”, which is surely better than no masterpiece at all I suppose. Trent gave us an Australian Haiku,

“Bus stop Dreaming”, to which Cam Logan touche’ed with an absurdist “Parsley Haiku”.

Marisa declares and declaims

Finally Shane moved a vote of thanks to our stylish and talented MC, Fi Privetera, to which the audience responded with enthusiastic applause.

All in all a very successful day, here’s hoping we have many more.

As always I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story, but before I do, let me move my own Vote of Thanks to our ever ebullient Art Director, Shane K, who each month takes the time and effort to document our events and produce the fine photographs that appear on this site.

(Historical footnote; When Shane took on the job I told him, “Make us look interesting and attractive!”, and God Bless him, he’s done the best he can with the material he’s got to work with.!)

The Attractive and Interesting Shane K, Fiona Privitera & Friend

WORDS: UNCKLE RAT

PHOTOS: SHANE K

*Note; to enlarge, left click on photos for greater viewing enjoyment.

 To enlarge gallery photos, pause slideshow, then right click.

***

March Mystery Musicians; THE TAPELOOPS

A rare archival photo of the Tapeloops,plotting Revolution, circa 1984

Announcing the Kurilpa Poets

Mystery Musicians for Sunday March 26th

The Tapeloops

Return-ReturnReturnRet…..

One Show Only-OnlyOnlylyly..!

*

They’re back. The Tapeloops. Once they were a band.

No one knew how to describe them.

Just one of those weird, spikey things

the Brisbane Music Scene threw up in the eighties.

Like many pop groups, they started when a Brisbane Poet recorded the spin-cycle at the local laundromat as a backing track for his poetry. Friends became involved in the process by osmosis

and before anyone knew what was happening, there was a band.

*

Anarchic & Poetic, lo-fi & lo-tech, this perhaps best defines their early style. They came complete with homemade and toy instruments; a Bush bass, car springs, a plastic trumpet, and an undersized kiddie keyboard were all accumulated.

The Tapeloops ran their own venues, put out their own records, booked their own tours. They were hard core DIY long before it became fashionable, back when it was neccessary.

Later on they got a real trumpet, some guitars (admittedly, one of the guitars was composed largely of popsticle sticks.) and learned to play three chords. The rest is History and a series of bad flashbacks..

John Treason, Linda Loop, and the Rev emerge briefly into the light, circa 1999

Who were/are the Tapeloops? We spoke with the 3 surviving Founders;

“The Miracle of Gerontology”, avows former Bassist and Wildman of Rock, John Treason, “means that as many as three of our former fans are still Alive. The rest are kept in a cold storage facility in South Australia. We’re hoping someone thaws them out in time for the first tour.”

Giving up their day jobs to return to Show Biz, Tapeloops, Linda Loop and John Treason today.

Don’t expect many old favourites in their set list either.

Most of the “songs” in their current repetoire are from this Century!

“We are defiant in the configuration of our line up and the choice of material we play!”, says Trumpeteer extraordinaire Linda Loop, (sometimes known as, “the sensible one”.)

“WE’ll play what WE want to play..unless somebody has a request and then we’ll probably play

that.. if we can remember how.”

*

A similarly defiant Reverend Hellfire (often known as, “the difficult one”) avows that he

will never play a guitar again!

“They can’t make me. Well, not unless someone gives me a lot of money. Then I’ll play the freaking thing. And hopefully I’ll be able to afford to pay some lackey to tune it and lug the amp as well.”

These days the former guitarist seems more keen on honing his keyboard skills.

“I like the black keys,” confides a smiling Reverend.

The Tapeloops in seedy basement bar, circa 1985

Clearly the Fab Three are keen to return to the stage

and rumours are already swirling that their entire back catalogue is being digitalised and soon to be made available Netwise.

Meanwhile don’t miss this rare opportunity to experiance the eclectic/hypnotic sounds of the 21st Century version

of this mysterious and reclusive conclave.

Reverend Hellfire today. Still the “Difficult One”?

***

1000 PROMISES PHOTO REVIEW

PHOTO REVIEW

mnm-upside-down

1,000 PROMISES

with

Madison Mae Parker & Francesca Willow

The Air was indeed rich with promise that day as the Water Rats gathered in their ancestral home, there to meet their International guests, and to share with them Words and Wine, Visions and Verse, Food and Fun!

qpy-4-and-lin

QPY and Linda Loop in action

We’d booked local troubadour QPapaYandi as Mystery Musician for the occasion and he did not disappoint, with his raucous, rockin’ tunes thumped out on a collection of suitably battered looking acoustic guitars. QPapa adds considerably to his sound with a Bob Dylanesque blues harp hanging ever at the ready around his neck. Joining him unannounced that day, to the delight of the crowd, was Trumpeter extrodinaire, the multi-talented Linda Loop. Passing control of the kitchen over to her loyal lieutenant Gil, she took her trusty Trumpet onstage to shake the rafters and give that extra bit of oomph to QPY’s tunes. It was a happy collaboration.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Hitting the Open Mic that Day we saw Shane K warning us that the barbarians are coming..or possibly they’ve been delayed, enquiries are being made..Paul Dobbyn cheerily informed us that the Desert is a place he escapes to..first time reader Dave T bravely broke the bad news to his Other, “The Court says I can’t see you”…Marina T woke us all from a deep dream of peace with a rendition of the romantic classic Abou Ben Adhem (May his tribe increase)..

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The Venerable Eido updated us on the Arts Party’s recent successes whilst the Reverend Hellfire saw a worm in every apple..Sue Dreeves (happily uninterrupted by planes, helicopters or clumsy Reverend’s) shared her disbelief that, “the long road which took me here just ends!” The Reverend later helped medicate the ever-effervescent Geoffrey Evans after his empassioned rendition of the poem, “Mania”.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Greg “Loaded Dog” Secombe was back from Spain and High on Cervantes. First time reader KENT told us of his project to write 100 Poems for his Partner, and shared with us Love Poem number 76, which, I believe, he plans to read at a friends’ upcoming wedding.

feeding-time

Three O’clock, the first open Mic wound up and we dispersed to eat and drink and gossip while QPapaYandi and Linda Loop provided the soundtrack to our conviviality. We dined upon yet another fabulous feast donated by our big-hearted community and assembled by our hard-working kitchen team.

A gentle haze rose above the Rotunda..

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Suitably refreshed we re-gathered to listen to the end of QPY’s set and idly contemplate the eclectic collection of exquisite Japanese prints gathered for our appreciation by the Kurilpa Poets’ enigmatic and erudite Director of Visual Arts.

These ranged from the purely aesthetic to the aesthetic and erotic to the very strangely erotic. I now know more about nineteenth century Japanese Octopus Erotica than I ever dreamt possible, and my dreams were already very strange indeed..

octo-erotica-virtual-gal

The first of our Feature Poets was Martin Porter who had journeyed all the way from the north island of New Zealand to be with us. Martin proved to be a pleasant, unassuming fellow poet whose poems betrayed a subtle humour and a keen eye.

ma-and-screen

I spoke to him later about the poetry scene in his part of the world. They sound quite enthusiastic if not particularly organised in a formal way. However Martin tells me that they’ve done some self-publishing projects that have been quite successful.

mp-the-amiable

the amiable Mr Martin Porter

Then it was time for our much anticipated Feature Act, the combined artistry of wordsmith Madison Mae Parker and dancer Francesca Willow.

mnm-mad-and-fran

Maddie & Fran acquire considerable stature thru performance

Texan Performance Poet Maddie and London-based dancer and choreographer Francesca have been touring the world with their “One Thousand Promises” show. Maddie (or “Mad” to her friends) declaims her passionate polemics, whilst Francesca interprets in writhing movement her every nuance, all accompanied by a recorded background soundtrack of their own original music. It’s a powerful mix.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Both are very young, very professional

and very committed performers.

I was interested to note when talking to them afterwards,

just how short both girls were when I was standing next to them. No, neither would ever be called “tall”, yet on stage they both seem to acquire considerable stature. I put this effect down to the power of their personalities and performances.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Mad’s words spill out/Churches of ambiguity/Van Gogh’s mutilated ear/unfinished apologies/wine in the vein and the broken body of a shared language/reasons not to kill yourself, primary one being the cat has to be fed (I know that one!). Meanwhile Francesca writhes and flexes, her body emotes while her face remains an impassive mask, the ancient Dichotomy of the Dance..

mnm-fran-in-light-border

Both gave large, brave performances in the intimate context of the Croquet Club Hall. Francesca in particular, I felt, had a difficult task; It must have been a challenging space for a dancer to work in; not safely up on a stage, illuminated on a pedestal and safely distanced from the audience. No, she had to work on the floor at our feet amongst the chairs. Like a true professional she rose to the challenge. Respect.

mnm-stepping-out

The second Open Mic session was opened by Gerard who reminded us it was Halloween and proceeded to entertain us with some timely Zombie haiku. Continuing in the festive spirit, the Rev shared some tips on how to Kill a Vampyre,

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

and later wrapped up the session with a spirited reading of absent Water Rat Michael Vaughan’s thrilling “action-sonnet” on the dramatic forced landing of

US AIRWAYS FLIGHT 1549“.

In retrospect it was perhaps not the most appropriate topic to read before our jet-setting, international guests, but they took it with good grace. Marina took us back to our roots with Clancy of the Overflow.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

The afternoon wore into evening and the Sun dipped towards the horizon.We bade our International guests “Fair Travelling”, and then, tired but happy, the Water-Rats made their way back to their burrows for another thirty days.

See you all next month for

the Kurilpa Poets’ End-of-Year-Gig,

which is also, coincidentally,

our Tenth Anniversary!

Woo-hoo!

Words; Unckle Rat

Photos; Shane K

final-logo-jpig

*************************************************

Photo Review; YOUNG ETERNALS LIVE!

lunchbox poets

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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..

SONY DSC

Jem played an interesting mix of originals and old favourites.

SONY DSC

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!).

Sophie shares words of advice for young people

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

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!

Kurtilpa poets logo resized

 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

***

KURILPA POETS MAY PHOTO REVIEW

MAD MAIDS AMAZE & AMUSE

Kurilpa Poets photo-review,

Sunday 31st May

Felicitously the last day of Autumn proved to be a fine one, as the Kurilp Poets and Friends gathered in the Courtyard of West End Community House to celebrate all things Femme in the Uni-Verse.

crowd shot 4

Indeed, the stellar line up of luminous poets and musicians that day surely created a new constellation in the Sky, a constellation celebrating the Sacred Muse of Poetry and will be named something appropriate like Hypatia or Sappho or Calliope or the Poetess!

I leave that task to future astrologists. My task oh Muse, is to sing but briefly of the glories of that day as a witness for future days.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

MC & Psycho-pompe (guide to the Mysteries) that day was the handsomely attired Mz Linda Loop. Linda, who has been known to leave Kurilpa audiences stunned with awe with her a acapella renditions of Schubert Lieder and the like, alas did not favour us with song on this occasion, though she did accompany Theresa Tracey-Creed on trumpet, during Theresa’s feature set..

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

As well as reading some of her own unassuming but powerful poems, Theresa sang a couple of cover songs acapella on Sunday, including a version of Let it Be that had the audience singing along with feeling. Why, it was almost religious for a moment, sitting there in the sun, singing along with the poets and other outcasts!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Sophie Tarrant perhaps put on the liveliest performance of the afternoon and kept the crowd well amused..

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Fiona Privitera, resplendent in classic Joy Division T-shirt, read excerpts from the work of Sam Riviere and others. Fiona over recent months at Kurilpa events has proved to be a talented interpreter of other poets works and we hope to have the opportunity to hear from her own work in the near future.

Sadly I missed Sue Fihelley’s set on this occasion but I do have a copy of her book which I shall be reviewing for the Water-Rat Gazette in the not-too-distant-future.

I had made the mistake of asking feature poet Judith Light if she had enough material for two sets. Her response was to bring a large sack of poetry hefted over her shoulder to the event! At eighty years strong she of course has no shortage of material!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Judith in fact came all the way up from Byron Bay to read for us, and has hinted strongly that this may be her “Last Performance”, so we at Kurilpa Poets thank her muchly for coming and sharing some selections from her Life’s Work with us. We can only hope that she’ll “do a Melba” and come out of retirement many times.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

At Open Mic time the boys were allowed time to have their say. Emerging from the kitchen to whence he’d largely been banished for the day, the Reverend Hellfire played the Trickster as usual, using the days theme as an excuse for reading a poem on the “sorrows of the modern house husband”! Jeffrey, now Kurilpa’s newest signed up member, was as animated as always. A couple of newcomers made impressive debut’s and West End Icon, Blind Dog Donnie graced us also by reading a couple of selections of Wordsworth and Longfellow. (Perhaps a future Mystery Musician here we hope, folks!) The Usual Suspects and some New Faces whose names I neglected to secure read all took their turn ritually in stage.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Last Months missing Mystery Musicians emerged from the time-hole that swallowed them up in April and now were mysteriously no longer a duo but a trio, and called Jem Sparkles and the Bright Sparks, or possibly Jem and Her Sparkle Boys, or words to that effect. No matter the name, the music produced by Jem, Michael and Rainer was both sprightly and mellow, and set a most suitable vibe for the afternoon. (It should also be noted that the musicians in question made themselves useful in the kitchen as well, helping the Reverend artistically arrange the food for Afternoon Tea. Nicely arranged food is so important, don’t you think?) As always the Water-Rats contributed generously and no-one went home hungry. Shane, again, that Hummus! mmm hummouss (drools)

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking. Suffice for now to say it was a great afternoon and an appropriate end to our time “Wandering in the Wilderness” whilst our traditional Headquarters, the Olde Croquet Club in Musgrave Park, was extensively refurbished. For Yeah! It is Done! We are returning Home!

Hope to see you all there on Sunday the 28th of June when we return to our New Revamped Ultra-swish Croquet Club in style! Check out the Gazette in coming days for photos of our new-look Club House beneath the green trees of Musgrave Park

and of course, further details of our Homecoming Poetry Party.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

 

words; Unckle Rat

pictures; Shane Kneipp

water-ratettes wiv border

***************************************

MAD MAIDS & MUSES Line up, Sunday 31st May

Mad Maids and Muses

Line Up

water-ratettes wiv border

Kurilpa Poets feature this Sunday 31st May;

(In no particular order)

Fiona Privitera

Fiona Privitera

Sophie Tarrant

Sophie Tarrant

Theresa Tracey-Creed

croq club Theresa smiles colour crop

Judith Light

Judith Light

Sue FihellySue Fihelly

***

with MC Linda Loop

Guest MC; Linda Loop

Guest MC; Linda Loop

and the sweet sounds of Phoebe & Neil

“PHOEBE & NEILL” emerge from the time rift

and miscellaneous readings from;

Carol Balfor, Christine Huber and More..

So come one come all!

croq club Linda and Theresa

May KP Handbill w Mad MaidsJPIGred

***

Kurilpa Poets present; “MAD MAIDS & MUSES” Sunday, 31st May

The Kurilpa Poets present;

“Mad Maids & Muses”

water-ratettes wiv border

Sunday, 31st May, 2pm

at

WEC HOUSE

4 Norfolk Road, West End.

The Kurilpa Poets celebrate the passing of May

with our very own “Ladies Day” where we will be focusing

on the Femme side of Poetry,

from Feminine Muse to Feminist Firebreather

with a hefty serve of the Femme Fatale as well

and featuring the talents of the “Kurilpa Water-Rat-ettes

as the Women of Kurilpa Poets take centre stage

with words of wisdom and wit.

Guest MC; Linda Loop

Guest MC; Linda Loop

Maestro of Ceremonies, the Lovely Linda Loop will be leading

a fluid lineup of members and hangers on,

which we’ll hopefully be listing here closer to the event.

croq club Linda and Theresa

Don’t worry boys! There’ll still be our traditional Open Mic Sessions

where we won’t discriminate. As always Open Mic readers are free to read

on whatever subject they choose, but if you’ve got material suitable for the occasion that would be real cool.

***

“PHOEBE & NEIL” emerge from the time rift

Mystery Musicians for this month are, the sweet acoustic duo;

Phoebe & Neil.

They were scheduled to play last month but alas were

caught in a time rift and hurtled a month into the Future.

Now we will finally catch up with them in the same space/time continuum

and we look forward to their unfortunately delayed debut.

water ratette reveresed

As always bountious food and refreshments are provided Free

by the members & friends of the Kurilpa Poets.

Entry this month is Free for Kurilpa members and

a mere $2 for everyone else.

And as always we ask the community-minded to bring a plate,

or a packet or a bottle of something to contribute to the Feast.

*food for the people help yourself

I should add at this point, that each month I am overcome

by the generosity of the people who bring such wonderful food

to our gatherings, often cooking tasty treats themselves at home

to share with we hungry poets. (Shane, I’m looking at that humus of yours)

Friends, I thank you.

water-ratettes

We’re at the same venue as last month,

West End Community House, 4 Norfolk Road.

WEC House is close to bus routes 196 & 199 (stop5)

and near the West End Markets car-park.

Map of West End Community House

***

This is our last gig at WEC House for next month, Sunday June 28th,

the Kurilpa Poets will be returning to the Promised Land,aka,

the Olde Croquet Club

in the heart of Musgrave Park!

You heard it here first!

More exciting details & photos to come!

croq club Kurilpa Poets step up reduced

***

David Hallett Gig- PHoTO REVIEW

David Hallett in sunreduced

KURILPA POETS featuring DAVID HALLETT

progress looming over west end

As Progress loomed menacingly over West End,

and the rising Tower Blocks cast their lengthening shadows

towards the suburb like dominating digits of Doom,

demanding more and evermore Development,

a Motley Mob of Poets gathered in Defiance

of the Dollar-Death-Cult

to Celebrate Life, Love, Liberty and Laughter

through the Power of the Word,

and to bask in the Autumnal warmth

of the afternoon sun.

crowd shot

The Kurilpa Poets are still a Nomad Nation, wandering from

venue to venue whilst our traditional Home,

the Olde Croquet Club in Musgrave Prk,

undergoes an extended period of renovation.

April found us fetched up down the back of West End Community House (Thanks for your hospitality folks!)

It being such a lovely, nay, such a lyrical day,

we spontaneously decided to relocate

the days activities outside in the pleasant courtyard area.

crowd shot 2

Despite a last minute cancellation of the Virtual Gallery

due to our sorely missed

Visual Arts Director, Shane, being indisposed,

and the Mysterious disappearance of our Mystery Musicians,

there were Words and Verse, Food and Good Company a plenty.

David Hallett

Our Feature Poet, coming all the way up the coast

from that big “Little Town” Nimbin, Word Maester David Hallett,

did not disappoint the crowd.

Looking relaxed and fit, he delivered his Verse

with both confidence and passion.

Surely one of this country’s most consummate Poetical Performers,

his Poetry is Political without being preachy,

compassionate without being sentimental.

David and audience mmember

The Open Mic sessions (as always the “Heart”of Kurilpa Poetry events)were, as usual, both entertaining

and diverse in the selections offered; from the Reverend

Hellfire‘s experiments on the Elasticity of Time, to Michael Vaughan’s fragments on the properties of precious stones.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

“and his ghost lingers on” Christine tells the tale

Jefferson

Jefferson “stone the crows” Evans

Usually a “Water-rat wall-flower”, Kurilpa regular Christine amused us all with the story of the ghost of her pervert neighbour

who still haunts the coffee shop built over the house

where he once lived and leered. Lovely Linda Loop moved many to tears with her beautiful acapella rendition of a Schubert Lied,

and Jefferson Evans gave us an extended “ode to a checkout girl’,

until he was gently led away.

An unusually dapper Gerry Kearney, turned his poem into

a veritable paper chase, with segments secretly posted all around the courtyard he dashed from verse to verse

till he reached the poems exciting denouement.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Fiona Privitera read some selected extracts from Aidan Coleman’s

“Avenues & Runways”fiona privetera

while Sue Fihely read us selections from her own slim volume of verse.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

John Tracey and Tony Kneipp both contributed insightful and subversive versification,

John Tracey in flight

while an exuberantly Fez-clad Danksta Downunder made his last appearance before disappearing off to America to sample the delights of the Austin International Poetry Festival.

Informal, intimate, the vibe of the day was both warm and resilient, as the rag-tag tribe of the Kurilpa Poets celebrated once more what it means to be Human.

See you all next month.

Linda, our charming  photographer for the occasion

Lynda, our charming photographer for the occasion

(Much thanks to Lynda Bell from down Nimbin way who stepped

in for our lost Visual Arts Director and took the days photo’s )

home of the water rat

****

September WORD JAM Photo Review

C360_2014-09-28-14-54-23-842 copy

Kurilpa Elder, Paul Dobbyn

C360_2014-09-28-14-55-29-473

The ever dapper Rev Hellfire

 

WORD JAM

PhoTO RevIew

SEptember 28th, the Kurilpa Poet Meet

                     was a colourful Do,

with plenty of fine words,

           and some sweet Tones Too.

Blushing bride

Theresa Tracey nee/ Creed

                                         opened the Show/

                           we all took heed.

Then the open Mic Poets took off

running next,

KUDOS young Man!

KUDOS young Man!

                                        it was Go man Go!

Gil Daleys Visuals

swirled in the Gallery Virtual,

the Rotunda as always

was filled with folk affable,

afterwords it was all

Sonic Soup and Word Stew

as musos and poets twanged, howled and blew,

Linda Loop, the Rev and Cam

Sasha, Noelle, Tony, Sam

and others unnamed

                         all had a go at this word/music game.

                                   Later survivors lay on the lawn

C360_2014-09-28-15-10-11-332 copy

Tony (Pig City) K.

and watched the sun set

and the night being born.

See you all in October, Water Rats!

***

Photos by Shane Kneipp. Words by Unckle Rat.

***

C360_2014-09-28-15-07-23-192 copy

Bush Poet Anita comes to town

C360_2014-09-28-15-10-04-698

 

C360_2014-09-28-16-02-59-372

Sash Cuha reads the Bible

C360_2014-09-28-16-03-20-420 copy

C360_2014-09-28-17-16-50-600 copyC360_2014-09-28-16-17-47-965 copy Noelle Crim & Mr S

WORD JAM

PhoTO RevIew

SEptember 28th, the Kurilpa Poet Meet

ter-Rat”

C360_2014-09-28-16-14-46-594 copy

 

C360_2014-09-28-16-26-57-701 copy

C360_2014-09-28-16-30-01-828

C360_2014-09-28-16-37-33-631 copy

C360_2014-09-28-17-17-58-154 copyC360_2014-09-28-16-43-10-497

C360_2014-09-28-17-14-48-698 copy

C360_2014-09-28-17-15-51-529

Poetry, Hellfire, Surrealism and more! 27th April

Picasso's portrait of a poet

Picasso’s portrait of a poet

 

The Kurilpa Poets

are proud to present their

APRIL HAPPENING!

Sunday 27th April, 2pm.

appearing..

Feature Poet:

The Reverend Hellfire

 

The Reverend Hellfire arises!

The Reverend Hellfire arises!

 

http://reverendhellfire.wordpress.com

with Special MC:

The ever-lovely Linda Loop

and also

“Surrealism-Poetry from the Psyche”

persistence of memory

Featuring Films from the archival vaults.

plus

Mystery Musicians of the Month:

“Mr Gray and the Dark People”

http://www.reverbnation.com/mrgraythedarkfolk 

Mr Gray photo

and as always

Brisbanes Openest “Open Mic” sessions!

Free Refreshments and Parking!

All this and more for a mere $5!

at

the Olde Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, West End,

under the trees of sacred Musgrave Park.

****

lord of the dance

Yes call us April Fools but we thought we’d do things a little different this Month.

Emerging from the sanctuary of the kitchen, the ever-lovely and multi-talented Linda Loop will be acting as Mistress of Ceremonies. Meanwhile after a year of introducing other poets, the Reverend Hellfire steps forth with a special Feature set of all his most banned, forbidden, and censored poems! Yes, these are the poems that, “caused a problem”! Look out for spontaneous combustion!

Ignition

Ignition

Meanwhile Alternative/Cabaret Terrorism outfit “Mr Gray and the Dark People” will be serving up their own elegant brand of musically enhanced Poetic visions. Compared to everything from the Bad Seeds to Leonard Cohen, the Dark People’s performance is eagerly awaited by devotees.

Mr Gray n Dark folk

As usual our free-ranging Open Mic sessions will provide an opportunity for folks to share their thoughts and words with the world.

trotsky and sureealist

The day will be winditrotsky and sureealistng up with

 

trotsky and sureealist

trotsky and sureealist

 

 

 

POETRY FROtrotsky and sureealistM THE PSYCHE

our miniSurrealist film festival, featuring a mash-up of archival material loving collected by our Visual Arts Director, Shane Kneipp. Shane’s learned dissertion on the Surrealist movement will be appearing in the Water-Rat Gazzette this weekend at https://kurilpapoetry.wordpress.com/

and he’ll be introducing the films on the day.

fur-bearing-trout

As always drinks and fine refreshments are provided as part of the door charge.

(Tho we encourage the community-minded to bring a plate or bottle of something to share.)

With Free parking and the friendliest poets in Brisbane, this is surely the best value event in West End that weekend. See you there!

????????