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WARM WINTER WORDS featuring David Hallett, Sunday 25th June

The Kurilpa Poets proudly present

“Warm Winter Words”

2pm, Sunday 25th June, 2017

featuring;

Byron Bay Beatnik Bard

DAVID HALLETT;

is Brisbane Bound!

Spangly Songstress

JEM SPARKLE:

to Sing Sweetly

Realtime Raconteur

Special Guest MC; CAM LOGAN

Rocks in as Ringmaster

And as Always

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

Available to All

Friendly Folk

91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane

in the shade of sacred Musgrave Park

Warming up for his Kurilpa Poets gig, David Hallett

The Winter Solstice loometh once again

and the Water Rats will be huddled in their lair,

sharing words of wit, warmth and wisdom

to keep the wicked winds of winter at bay.

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

fabulous Feature poet, the right esteemed

DAVID HALLETT,

will be coming from. Byron Bay that is.

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

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

He has performed his work worldwide.

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

http://www.davidhallett.com/

Yes, it’s always a memorable occasion

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

The Sparkly geetars of Ms Jem

MID-WINTER MYSTERY MUSICIAN

for this Solstice gathering will be Kurilpa’s favourite

femme fatale

JEM SPARKLES

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

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

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

of 20th Century American Modernist

Stuart Davis.

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

See More! Hear More! Sunday 25th!

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The Water Rats Picnic; Photo review

Who's the leader of the Gang???

Who’s the leader of the Gang??? Kurilpa Rat!

The Water Rats Picnic

Versifying at the West End Festival,

Saturday 29th October, 2016

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And so we Few, we Band of Brothers, took to the mean and gritty streets of West End to bring Poetry back to the People.

There had been some unfortunate scratchings to our line-up, and it was now down to a mere handful of bedraggled Survivors to uphold the good name of the Kurilpa Poets.

The Big Four taking the microphone that day were none other than stalwart Kurilpian Geoffrey Evans, the Venerable Eido Boru, Greg “The Loaded Dog” Secombe (back after an absence) and of course myself, the Reverend Hellfire. (No show without Punch).

The Loaded Dog barking at Windmills

The Loaded Dog back to bark at West End Windmills

Accompanying us that day was Secretary John Treason, acting as both official photographer and Stage Manager. John had wisely arranged to have the poet’s stage moved from the somewhat isolated location of the people’s park and out onto the stage by the Big Lizard, in full public view, where we were able to annoy and provoke many more people.

An Inspirational looking Geoffrey Evans

An Inspirational looking Geoffrey Evans

Actually it was rather like Theatre-in-the-round – you had to keep rotating to address segments of the audience, meanwhile the microphone lead wrapped around you like a mummy’s bindings.

Enter the Venerable Eido

Enter the Venerable Eido

Naturally also, there were hold-ups with the usual technical problems you get performing at festivals; microphones failing and power sources suddenly cutting off and grumpy stage hands acting like it’s all your fault somehow..ah I love show biz!! I’m an artist so I sneak off to get a gin and tonic while others sort out the mundane tech issues. Eventually we had sound and we got to rant and strut our fretful hour upon the stage. It was indeed a lovely day to be declaiming our Wild and Wacky Words to the unsuspecting populace. A surprising number of passers-by and casual sitters-on-bums actually paid attention to us like they were really listening!. Some even smiled at us and laughed at our jokes!.

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A little bit of Theatre and clowning keeps the Vibe up-beat; Kurilpa Rat makes a furtive appearance..a Manic Geoffrey is injected with Medicinal Holy Water..Eido is deadpan droll as a Troll as always..

We wind up just in time to miss being drowned-out by what appears to be a Mexican Mariachi band celebrating the Day of the Dead. Ah West End!

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The Water Rats scurried home, tired but happy. The Carnival, for this year, was definitely over.

Thanks to Robin Taubenfield for inviting us to appear at the West End Festival.

Viva Kurilpa!

Viva Kurilpa!

Viva Kurilpa!

Words; Rev Hellfire

Pictures; John Treason

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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.

Dawn Daylight sings

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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“THE SERENITY” -JUNE PHOTO REVIEW

A calm crowd attends the serenity

A calm crowd attends the serenity

Kurilpa Poets June Photo review-The Serenity!

Ah! The Serenity!

Surely there was a blissful aura of good vibrations emanating from the old Musgrave Park Croquet Hall last June 26th, when the Kurilpa Poets and Friends gathered once more in convivial conclave to celebrate the Power of the Word.

Even the challenging and confronting subject matter of Feature Poet, Fiona Privitera‘s set of poems that day, did not dampen the overall Vibe. Rather they added a bittersweet tint to the Whole, a timely reminder perhaps, like the skeleton at a Roman Feast, that the pleasures of life are fleeting and hard won, to be treasured whenever they’re found.

But I’m “waxing poetic” here, as did indeed also the many and diverse array of Poets who stood up to take the stage during Open Mic.

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Warming us up was the Reverend Hellfire with a heart-felt paean to the comforts of his bed in winter. Lazy bastard!

Geoffrey Evans offered his reminiscences of 1974 and Cyclone Tracey’s devastation. Newcomer Michael presented us with an uplifting sonnet assuring us that we cannot fail.

Local sage Tom Nelson instructed us to “close your eyes and see” whilst last month’s fabulous Feature Poet, Cam Logan, unleashed his satirical reflections on a vegan meal and a leather jacket.

Talented poet Claire Fitzpatrick shared how it felt

placing her hand on the Earth in a field of Nails.

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Michael Vaughan‘s classy sonnet wondered whether the price of serenity is placidity, whilst “Not-only-a-bush-poet” Anita Reed reminded us that “the stars will remain and we’ll leave no trace”.

New comer Robert Lort delivered a strangely surrealistic piece of poetry for our enjoyment, whilst Linda Loop serenely sang her Astrologically tinged song acapella, “Night of the Zenith”.

Nigel QPapa delivered an old rap piece of his on the joys of being arrested in QLD, whilst suspected communist sympathiser Gerard wistfully wondered

“Where is the Common Wealth?”

Arts Party number-cruncher and itinerant Buddhist Monk Eido Boru brought Open Mic to a close with an impassioned plea for our preferences in the Senate.

The Great Jeff Usher

The Great Jeff Usher

Whilst Jazz and Blues giant Jeff Usher then took his place at the keyboards for his second musical set, Kurilpa Poets Visual Arts Supremo Shane K took us thru the life and works of this month’s Virtual Gallery artist, J.B. Kitaj.

The rise of fascism by JB Kitai

The rise of fascism by JB Kitai

Then Jeff Ushers’ subtle fingers set the sonic dial to Supreme Serenity as the poets ate and chatted and ambled peaceably upon the lawn. Top marks to the kitchen crew for once again putting together a splendid repast! And thanks also to everyone who brought food to contribute to the community feast.

Gil & Lin, Kitchen maestros

Gil & Lin, Kitchen maestros

It was just as well we were all well fed and soothed and serene by the time it came to facing the emotional rigours of the Feature Set!

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For Fiona Privitera then quietly took the stage and bravely delivered a harrowing set of sometimes deeply disturbing poems, exploring

a cluster of topics centering around child abuse, family dysfunction, societal violence et al. Never, I think, have I seen a Kurilpa audience so riveted by a reading. At one point I thought I’d have to flee myself, lest I give way to an unseemly display of public weeping.

Poems on such topics can easily descend into self pity or agit-prop sloganeering. Fe avoided both traps, delivering her words with a simple, honest clarity that gave her poems a strange sort of unassailable strength.

At the end of her set the audience showed their sincere appreciation with heartfelt applause. It felt like the audience and poet had been through a lot together.

But Life goes on. “Nothing dries faster than a tear”, an ancient philosopher once declared. So we pulled ourselves together and launched into the second Open Mic set. More brave, honest and wise words were spoken then, before the day was done.

But..Alas, I’ve lost my notes!

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Words; Unckle Rat

Pictures; Shane K

“The SERENITY” with Fi Privitera & Jeff Usher, Sunday 26th June

The KURILPA POETS present;

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“THE SERENITY”

Sunday, 26th June, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street, West End

Moving on from last months Dionysian depths, we ascend to the calm and contemplative heights of the Apollonian, and celebrate this month the contemplative, the meditative, the pastoral and the lyric aspects of Poetry. Can the Muse still provide a balm and solace for weary minds in the increasingly frenetic and agitated world of today?

Can the Muse lead us thru the noisy Labyrinth of Self

to find a quiet place for the heart to sit? Lets find out!

with Special Feature Poet;

Fiona Privitera

FIONA PRIVITERA

The Kurilpa Poetry Cup this year was unusual in that for the first time ever, the supplementary award of “Almost” or “Joint” Winner (depending on who you ask) was created to acknowledge the very special poetical skills of Fiona Privitera, our Feature Poet for June.

Fiona recieves the KPC 2016"Almost Winner" award

Fiona recieves the KPC 2016″Almost Winner” award

Fiona is, among many things, a poet, artist’s model, kitchen dancer and ocean lover.

Past writing focused on the theme of desire and includes poems about naked women on sushi trains, candy store sex and underwater cities where fish dance with people.

For the last two years she has been writing about depression, suicide and abuse.

She hopes that soon she will be done writing about such things because it isn’t much fun.

As well as appearing regularly at the Kurilpa Poets, she has performed her own and others poetry around the Brisbane Poetry scene at many open mics for over the last 15 years. Fiona has also appeared at The Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) in 2003, 2006 and 2009.

This year you’ll be able to see some of her visual text-based cut-up work on display at the QPF. 

In the meantime come and get a good serving of Priviteriana at the Kurilpa Poets this June 26th.

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lizard

leaving the lonely

all alone

languid in this slipping

sun slight

lizard

has small feet

slips between

a crawl in the wall

a red brick

moon garden.

– Fiona Privitera

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And appearing as Mystery Musician;

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JEFF USHER

Music hath charms to sooth the savage beast, or so noted animal-wrangler Bill Shakespeare once declared. Supplying the Sonic Tranquillizer Darts for us this month will be the chilled one himself, Brisbane Jazz & Blues Giant,

Jeff Usher.

Birds of a Feather; Jeff charms a savage beast

Birds of a Feather; Jeff charms a savage beast

We were all blown away by Jeff’s magnificent music at the Kurilpa Poetry Cup back in February and we are honoured to have him return for a second appearance. Don’t miss this chance to hear a true music legend in the intimate ambience of the Olde Croquet Club.

A selection of CD’s of Jeff’s Music will be available for purchase at the front desk on the day. Buy one and make sure you get your genuine ‘Usher Artefact’ personally autographed by the Great Man himself.

And in the White Corner..Jeff Usher!

As always there will be two Open Mic sessions where you can have your say, the Unsuspected Artists of The Virtual Gallery, Free Food and Refreshments, Free On-Site Parking, Prizes,

and of course the Fabulous Company of Friendly Folk!

All this and more for a mere $5/$3 members

All Friendly Folk Welcome.

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KURILPA POETS” “April Foolery” with Andrew Ellery, April 24th

KURILPA POETS

PRESENT

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“April Foolery”

Sunday 24th April, 2pm

with special Feature Poet;

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ANDREW ELLERY

(Winner of the 2016 Kurilpa Poetry Cup)

and Mystery Musician of the Month;

MATT BARNES

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Not to mention M.C. (Master of Chicanery);

REVEREND HELLFIRE

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And as always you will find;

2 OPEN MIC SESSIONS, FREE FOOD & REFRESHMENTS,

FREE ON-SITE PARKING, THE VIRTUAL GALLERY, PRIZES, FABULOUSLY FRIENDLY FOLK AND MORE!

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 This month, in honour of all things Ridiculous, and to celebrate the Power of Laughter to bring down Tyrants, we encourage people to bring along the funniest, silliest, or most satirical poem they (or someone-else) have written.

Be it you’re latest sarcastic Satire denouncing the decadent evils of the Modern World, a whimsical Ode by Lewis Carrol, or a piece of low doggerel you copied off the men’s room wall, come share it with the Water-rats and their Friends and bathe in the healing warmth of humour. See you there for some April Foolery at

The Olde Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, West End.

Beneath the trees of Sacred Musgrave Park

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Kurilpa Poetry Cup Rules of Engagement 2016

The Multi-function 2015 Kurilpa Performance Poetry Cup

The Kurilpa Performance Poetry Cup

2016

Rules of Engagement.

1. Sign on from 1.45 pm. First on, first up.

Cup Heats start 2.30pm.

2. Props and musical instruments are ok and you can have assistants or performing aquatic mammals to assist you.

3. No strict time limit but try and keep it at the 3-4 minute mark.

4. There are two rounds.

An undetermined number of worthy contestants

will be selected to go onto the final round,

so have two poems ready.

5. The winner will be presented with the Kurilpa Cup,

$50 in unmarked bills,

a loaf of bread, a bottle of wine and a Book of Verse,

AND a handsome certificate suitable for framing or wrapping fish.

Runners up will get something nice in the way of consolation.

6. The Judges’ decision will be Arbitrary and Final.

They may or may not choose to explain their decisions

or utter some encouraging remarks.

7. The Cup is free to enter.

8. While “performance poets” will be assessed partly on their performance skills, contestants who are “readers” will be assessed on reading ability and vocal skills, eg. clarity, as well as their ability to make contact with their audience whilst reading.

9. Note; Performance Enhancing Drugs are allowed

        as long as you share them with the Reverend before hand.

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AND ONE LAST TIME, the address is:

THE OLDE CROQUET CLUB

91 CORDELIA Street, West End.

IN THE SHADE OF MUSGRAVE PARK

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Virtual Gallery feature Artist FERDINAND LEGER

Presenting the VIRTUAL GALLERY’s first Feature artist for 2016 at the Kurilpa Poetry Cup

BAL26122 #260 The Mechanic, 1920 by Leger, Fernand (1881-1955) National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada French, in copyright until 2026 PLEASE NOTE: This image is protected by the artist's copyright which needs to be cleared by you. If you require assistance in clearing permission we will be pleased to help you.

Ferdinand Leger

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Ferdinand Leger (1881-1955) was a French painter sculptor and film-maker whose personal take on Cubism was strongly infused with a sense of Classical monumentality and balance.

Leger came from a farming family in Normandy and originally trained as an architectural drafstman. He subsequently studied fine art and on moving to Montmartre in 1909 was soon heavily influenced by the work of leading Cubist artists that he saw there.

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Drafted into the army in 1914 Leger spent two years at the front before becoming the victim of a German mustard gas attack at Verdun.

.During a period of convalescence in Villepinte he painted The Card Players (1917), a canvas whose robot-like, monstrous figures reflect the ambivalence of his experience of war. As he explained:

...I was stunned by the sight of the breech of a 75 millimeter

in the sunlight.

It was the magic of light on the white metal. That’s all it took for me to forget the abstract art of 1912–1913. The crudeness, variety, humor, and down-right perfection of certain men around me, their precise sense of utilitarian reality and its application in the midst of the life-and-death drama we were in …made me want to paint in slang with all its color and mobility.

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This work marked the beginning of his “mechanical period”, during which the figures and objects he painted were characterized by sleekly rendered tubular and machine-like forms.

Starting in 1918, he also produced the first paintings in the Disk series, in which disks suggestive of traffic lights figure prominently. In December 1919 he married Jeanne-Augustine Lohy, and in 1920 he met Le Corbusier, who would remain a lifelong friend.

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Like many modernists of the era Leger was a strong believer in the positive aspects of mechanisation and his works reflects this. His war-time experiences in the trenches also madehim a fervent believer in the concept of working class solidarity which culminated in his joining the French Communist Party in 1945.

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During this period his work became less abstract, and he produced many monumental figure compositions depicting scenes of popular life featuring acrobats, builders, divers, and countryoutings. Art historian Charlotta Kotik has written that Léger’s

“determination to depict the common man, as well as to create for him, was a result of socialist theories widespread among the avant-garde both before and after World War II. However, Léger’s social conscience was not that of a fierce Marxist, but of a passionate humanist”

His varied projects included book illustrations, murals, stained-glass windows, mosaics, polychrome ceramic sculptures, and set and costume designs.

-Shane Kneipp

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See more of Ferdinand Leger’s work at

the Kurilpa Poetry Cup,

Sunday 28th February, 2pm

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KURILPA POETRY CUP RETURNS! Sunday 28th Feb, 2016

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The 2014 Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Sunday, 28th February, 2016

The Kurilpa Poetry Cup

Returns!

starts 2pm at the Olde Croquet Club,

Musgrave Park,

91 Cordelia Street, West End.

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Fabulous Prizes to be won!

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Special Feature Poets!

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Amazing Mystery Musicians!

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Free Food! Free Parking!

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And More!! Stay tuned for further details..

2013 Cup winner Tony Kneipp

2013 Cup winner Tony Kneipp

Yes the Kurilpa Poets are back and are starting 2016 with a big bang!

The fabulous Kurilpa Poetry Cup returns for the fifth year to open the 2016 Brisbane Poetry Season, and competition for the coveted Cup (renowned for it’s mystical powers) is sure to be keen. As always the winner will receive not only the esteemed Artefact itself, but also fifty dollars cash in hand, the traditional “book of verses, loaf of bread and jug of wine” and a handsome certificate suitable for framing or wrapping fish.

The runners up will get something nice to console them.

So brush up your poems, practise your declamation,

comes the hour, comes the poet!

2015 Cup winner Cam Logan with Judge Archie and the Reverend

2015 Cup winner Cam Logan with Judge Archie and the Reverend

We’ve also got some amazing artists lined up as Feature Poet and Mystery Musician for this event, whose presence alone would make the day worth attending. Details TBA in the coming days.

A history of the Cup and the “rules of engagement”

will also be posted here before the event.

Any queries drop us a line, either on Facebook or to kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au*

The 2015 Kurilpa Cup

The 2015 Kurilpa Cup

Price of entry $5 at the door. Free to enter Competition

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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!).

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.

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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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