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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PS..

AUGUST & SEPTEMBER

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

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

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

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

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

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

Who?

Stay tuned for further details!

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

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Sunday July 31st, 3pm

“Is this Love?”

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

Matt Hetherington Doctor of Love

Stepping up as Feature Poet will be non-other than

Matt Hetherington (AKA “The Doctor of Love”)

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

Matt Hetherington

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

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The bridge in curve, 1926, Grace Cossington Smith

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

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

Grace Cossington Smith

Grace Cossington Smith

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

Jem Sparkles Solo Shock!

Jem Sparkles Solo Shock!

As always Food and Refreshment is provided Free

and there is Free on-site parking also.

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

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

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

or packet of something nice to contribute

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

of course.

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

for upcoming announcements.

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