We regret to announce
The Kurilpa Poets event
Bring Out Your Dead
Sunday 29th April
due to the ongoing collapse of Western Civilization.
We apologise for the inconvenience.
SYNTHESIA Word/Music Mash-up!
SUNDAY 25th November, 2pm
The Croquet Club/91 Cordelia St
Hi fellow Water Rats & Friends!
It’s our last show at the old Croquet Club for 2018,
and to send the year off with a bang we’re going to mix it up a little with a Word/Music mash-up featuring some of the Water Rats’ favourite local Musicians & Poets.
Amongst the diverse luminaries;
Presidential emcee, Cam Logan will be bringing in his new improved Theremin to add suitable atmospherics. “Papa John” Tracey will be bringing in his acoustic geetar to the fray (and playing some of his new Agit-Pop songs)
Reverend Hellfire will be on theatrics and keyboards,
whilst the lovely Linda Loop‘s trumpet will be heralding a new age as a host of local versifiers take to the stage to share their words & visions.
Adding to this multi-remedial melange, will be the Surrealistic Art of Joseph Cornell up on the Virtual Gallery.
Visual Arts Director, the enigmatic Shane Kafka tells us
that when European Surrealists fled the Nazi in the 40’s, they soon discovered that assemblage artist & experimental filmmaker Cornell (1903-1972) was America’s best native practitioner of that school.
Cornell is perhaps best remembered today for his “boxes”-hermetically sealed travelogues of the imagination.
So don’t miss this one! Come and join us in the air-conditioned comfort of the Olde Croquet Club beneath the shady trees of sacred Musgrave Park.
As always there’ll be 2 Open Mic sessions, fabulously eclectic company, free food & refreshments, free onsite parking, prizes and the usual kindness of strangers. Bring your words & musical implements,
or bring a bottle/plate/packet or something nice
to share at the feast but mostly bring yourself.
All friendly folk welcome!
Admission a mere $8 or $5 for members.
SUNDAY, 29th APRIL, 2pm
91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane
April, Month of Fools parades pompously into the room,
declaiming Heroic Verse, slips on a banana peel, turns a somersault and explodes into verbal fireworks while simmering word-bombs & Creative Bursts blast forth as the Kurilpa Poets presents the third our Elemental themed events,
exploring the Mysteries of the fiery Element.
Never mind. One has to expect a certain amount of collateral casualties when you’re featuring such artists as the REVEREND HELLFIRE, JEM SPARKLES and, all the way up from Melbourne, for one show only, Mr Suave himself,
Sasha has been very busy in Melbourne down with a wide variety of creative projects so we’re extremely pleased he’s found the time to put in one of his rare Brisbane appearances.
On this occasion Sash will be dashing in and doing a mix of spoken word and original musical pieces. An intelligent writer of words, an intense performer of music, don’t miss this rare opportunity to catch up on the latest out-pourings from this talented artist.
Taking a break from MC duties, the Rev will be taking us on a Trip thru the Underworld to visit the Poetic Greats of the Past! Yes from Homer to Dylan Thomas, Baudelaire and Beyond, the Reverend will be invoking the Spirits of Dead Poets and seeking their Inspiration before your very eyes! Dante eat your Heart Out! Who needs Virgil for a guide thru the Underworld when you have the Reverend Hellfire!
presents the West End Launch
of her fabulous, new EP
This is the Sparkly One’s first recorded product, containing four of her own, original songs. She has the knack of writing catchy/classic tunes with simple but heart-felt lyrics and we’re certainly looking forward to hearing her perform the new songs from Beautiful Life at the Croquet Club this Sunday.
Not sure what format/s BEAUTIFUL LIFE is being made available in (CD? Download? Wax Cylinders? Cuneiform Clay Tablets?) but copies of this artifact will be available for purchase and autographing I am reliably informed.
The Virtual Gallery’s Big Screen will be featuring the sometimes disturbingly domestic Art of talented American Impressionist painter and printmaker,
Expect lots of glowing, idealised, Impressionist mother and childe style portraits. (eds note: Personally I find some of her stuff strange, even a bit creepy..is she subverting paradigms or reinforcing patriarchal stereo-types of women? Or did she just paint what she saw? Our Visual Arts Director no doubt, will explain all and assuage my concerns.)
As always there’ll be Free Food & Refreshments, Free Onsite Parking, Two Open-Mic Sessions, Friendly Company, Great Music and thought provoking Words. All this and more for a mere $5! Come and join us this Sunday ‘neath the sacred trees of Musgrave Park.
As always we encourage the community-minded to bring a bottle or a packet or a plate of something nice along to add to the Feast. We also encourage people to bring something to read, their own work or others, verse or story. But mainly just bring yourself!
THE KURILPA POETS
Sunday 25th March, 2pm
with Mystery Musician
and Unsuspected Artist
not to mention
Two Open Mic sessions, Prizes, Free Food & Refreshments, Fabulously Friendly & Eclectic Company,
Free Onsite Parking & More TBA!
For our Theme this month the Kurilpa Poets continue with
their Poetical/Alchemical exploration of the Elemental Universe and celebrate Matter made manifest
in its most Primal form,
that being Earth, the first of the Elements!
Be it found in the form of Dirt, Mud or Dust, Rock or Metal, ‘The Spirit of Earth‘ is manifest in the smallest handful thereof and indeed lurketh also in the very vastness of the Planet beneath our feet, for Earth represents both Home & Harvest for the Human Race.
Yes Earth gives form to all our dreams. Manifesting through her many Avatars
She clothes herself in our cities & landscapes.
So bring your earthiest limericks, your most down to earth verse, and your dialectical diatribes grounded in the solid bedrock of Social Realism to share with the Kurilpa crew during Open Mic.
Of course our Themes are not compulsive, merely suggestive, so feel free to read on any subject, and bring your Hippy-drippy, airy-fairy, fiery barn-burner poems as well!
Our Mystery Musician this month is non-other than local journeyman troubadour, TOM SMITH.
Tom and his guitar are familiar figures in the Kurilpa Creative Community, popping up here there and everywhere, often in company with the Zippety do dah Band.
So come along Sunday 25th March and join the Water Rats and Friends at
the olde Croquet Club
91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane,
in the shade of the green trees of sacred Musgrave Park
The Kurilpa Poets present
Sunday, July 30th, 2pm
91 Cordelia Street
with Feature Poets
& JAMIE SPENCE
Open Mic Sessions*Mystery Musicians* Unsuspected Artist Ben Shahn*Prizes* Free Food & Refreshments*
THE SKELETON AT THE FEAST
And so it is July and the Lord of Misrule goes to and fro upon the earth as the World revolves around the Sun and the Southern hemisphere dips deep upon it’s Winter Axis. What better time to bring the Skeletons from out of the closets and set them dancing upon the table with the Poets. A time to consider our own Mortality and see what wisdom Poetry has to offer us about the Fate that awaits us all.
Indeed, twas an ancient custom practised by both the Romans and the Egyptians, to bring out a skull or a model skeleton or some other Memento Mori, and give it pride of place amongst the delicacies and delights spread upon the table during their sumptuous Feasts & Festivals. A reminder that all Luxury is but fleeting, and also perhaps to act as an incitement to make the most of what Life has to offer and to partake eagerly of the Feast.
So bring your elegies and tributes, your poetic reflections on the Grim Reaper, your gallows humour and morbid obsessions all
as we make mock of the Noseless One
and pay our respects to those who have gone before us.
Our main Feature Poet for July is popular Brisbane poet, esteemed fellow Water Rat, and genuine gentleman, Tom Nelson. He describes himself thusly
in a few words
Thomas has had a love of poetry from an early age. His tastes are eclectic, covering the classics to hip hop, it includes all styles and genres. Started to write seriously in 2011 because he could. Thomas writes about what he sees and experiences. Not big on feelings. One day he hopes to find his own voice.
Has done a feature at Poets Corner Maroochydore and reads regularly in Open Mic sessions at all good Poetry venues..
Our first Feature Poet on Sunday is Jamie Spence, the winner of the Eat Your Words Open Mic, held recently at the Coronation Hotel in Ipswich, with the assistance of the Reverend Hellfire. It was not the most conducive environment for Poetry and Jamie impressed the Rev with both his poetry and his handling of a difficult crowd. He certainly deserves to be heard by an appreciative audience, so do come along and welcome this talented newcomer to the Brisbane Poetry Scene.
James Spence explains
“I’ve always been creative, although sometimes I lose track of things. I remember one day in particular, when I found that some mysterious person had left a lump of Play-Doh on my desk. I just didn’t know what to make of it.
Although my writing began when I was fifteen, it was not until I was seventeen that I began to read. Reading and writing turned to painting, which then moved to photography, although it often took me a long time to turn the negatives into photographs. I was a always a late developer.
My theatrical career then took a break when I realised I wasn’t suited to it and I decided to enjoy the pieces in the National Portrait Family. I remember standing in front of a Garfunkel for hours at a time and wondering to myself, “It’s nice… but is it art?”.
Eventually, I found my calling in poetry and tried out for a few gigs. I did quite well, although I still haven’t been paid for my very first recital. Even today I still feel like I’m ode.”
MARCH PHOTO REVIEW-
Sam Wagan Watson
Yes, the air was redolent with Nostalgia that Sunday afternoon, and the Croquet Club crowded with Poets, old Anarchists and unreconstructed Thought Criminals come to witness the unexpected return of Brisbane’s legendary anarcho-jazz punks, The Tapeloops appearing as the Kurilpa Poets’ March Mystery Musicians, and to sample the cosmopolitan Word Work of debonair Feature Poet, Sam Wagan Watson.
Not that the ‘Loops themselves were succumbing to nostalgia. Eschewing the guitar driven sound of their “rock” period, and playing only a single “hit” from their back catalogue, the ‘Loops appear to have gone back to their ‘experimental roots’.
Their current format is based around keyboards, trumpet, bass and viola layered over simple but hypnotic rhythm tracks. They deliver not so much songs as musical landscapes over which the poetry of the mad Reverend Hellfire wanders.
After a well received set it was time for the open Mic. Alas, we then discovered that Cam Logan, our MC for the day, had gone AWOL (he was later discovered hiding in a Goodwill bin in Ipswich)
Without missing a beat Rev H stepped in (no rest for the wicked) and the scheduled programming resumed.
Amongst the usual suspects hitting the stage during Open Mic that day were;
the very venerable Eido Boru,
the ever erudite Michael Vaughan
Kurilpa Poetry Cup finalist Cahala
man-of-words, Thomas Nelson,
globe trotting Anarcho-Christian gadfly Ciaron O’Reilly,
Kurilpa Elder and Chorister Paul Dobbyn
the inspirationally iconoclastic John Tracey
an extremely bright Judith Light, the unassuming Bill Henderson
brother in arms Nigel QPapaYandi
and fellow Historian Marina rounded the first session off with some of the works of Henry Lawson.
Time for Tea and the second Tapeloop set. Whilst poets nibbled cake and sipped tea, and the voodooesque Art of Marisol Escobar illuminated the Virtual gallery, the Reverend was let off the leash to do his “wild man of rock” bit, whilst John & Linda dueled with Viola & Trumpet.
The Rev was subsequently tethered to a bass guitar for the rest of the set, which finished with the token Tapeloops’ “Hit” song, “The Landlord Said“.
And so onto the Feature Poet of the day, Sam Watson, a man with LOVE tattooed across the knuckles of one hand, and POEM tattooed across the other, who once described himself as a “Frankenstein of the Dreamtime”.
Sam’s been writing and reading his dry, wry,poetry for some years now, and has in the process published numerous slim volumes of fine verse and won more awards than I could mention. His restrained yet polished performance gave ample evidence of why this is so and won him warm applause from the audience that day..
Keep an eye out for Sam Wagan Watson’s latest publication,
available wherever good poetry is sold.
More words, wit and wisdom were written and woven, stuttered and spoken, the muse was awoken, there was plenty of jokin,
now I’m finished with writtin’,
so just look at the pictures
C everybody next month..
Photos; Shane K
Words; Unckle rat
The Kurilpa Poets Present
Sunday, 26th March, 2017, 2pm
SAM WAGAN WATSON
with Master of Ceremonies
The Virtual Gallery, Free Food & Refreshments,
Open Mic Sessions, Free On Site Parking,
Friendly & Eclectic Company.
Yes, all this and more for a mere $5
($4 for members)
This March 26th, the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present as our Feature Poet of the Month,
non-other than award winning Indigenous Poet
and professional Raconteur,
Mr Samuel Wagan Watson!
His Poetry combines a keen eye
with a wit so dry it makes you cry.
Over the knuckles of his right hand
is tattooed the word,
The knuckles of his left hand bear the letters,
Yes, beneath the street wise veneer of Sam’s poems there beats a fiercly Indignant Heart,
that will lead you, like a drunken shaman, on an emotional and archetypal journey thru the Modern day Landscape of the 21st Century. Join this Cosmopolitan Nomad
as he ad-libs Song lines on the run,
and also tries to have his little bit of Fun,
this SUNDAY 26th March 2pm
91 Cordelia Street
beneath the trees of Sacred Musgrave Park.
Copies of Sam’s latest slim volume of verse,
“Monsters Ink” will be available at the door.
“Now We Are Ten!”
THE KURILPA POETS
End of Year/10th Anniversary Celebration!
Sunday, 27th November, 2016
SPECIAL FEATURE POET:
THERESA TRACEY CREED
MYSTERY MUSICIAN: MATT BARNES
MC: REVEREND HELLFIRE
and as always there’ll be;
Open Mic Sessions! The Virtual Gallery! Prizes!
Free Speech! Free Thought!
Free Food & Refreshments!
Fabulously Friendly Folk!
And ample On-site Parking!
All this and more for a mere $5
They said we’d never make it,
but here we are, November, 2016CE
and the Kurilpa poets are still gamely stumbling forward,
verse spilling from their lips as they pass.
Who knows whither they goest?
No man, no, nor woman neither.
Let them pass. Or better yet, join the jolly parade
of poets, prophets,
polemicists and psychopaths
as they make their merry way into the Future.
Bring your favourite verse, no need to rehearse,
just take to the stage and read from the page,
or just bring your ears, but make sure you appear!
And bring a bottle or plate, if you’re able to mate!
So join the Water Rats
2pm, Sunday 27th November, 2016
at 91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane
beneath the trees of sacred Musgrave Park
Sunday, 2pm, 25th September
Its Spring once more and the Kurilpa Poets are once again undermining the Dominant Paradigm.
Yes, this month we attempt to subversify, diversify and reversify the Authoritarian tendencies of current Political practise and to liberate the Powers of Creativity.
So bring your Satires and Revolutionary screeds,
bring your acoustic guitar and protest songs,
bring your Visions for Utopia
and your grim warnings of Dystopia.
Joining us on the barricades as we Rage against the Machine, our Feature Poet this month is non-other than West End’s very own local Green Councillor and Poetic scourge of Developers, Jonathan SRI
Cr Sri was elected in March this year making him the first Greens candidate to be elected to a Queensland government.
The East Brisbane resident shocked conservative politicians when he closed his maiden speech at Brisbane City Hall with some heart-felt rap poetry about Brisbane’s changing social scene.
Since then he has delivered training for a direct action movement to peacefully blockade various inner city development projects.
“I’ll be sharing several poems about gentrification, housing affordability and the rapid transformation of West End, as well as pieces about racism, activism, love and life,” Cr Sri who is of Sri Lankan Tamil descent said.
“The poems will ask questions such as: How many people are sleeping outside? How many new apartments are still unoccupied?
“They will talk about sauropod construction cranes on every horizon, clattering jackhammers drowning out cicadas and nervous suburbanites building ever higher fences to hide from the relentless march of apartment
Kurilpa Poets president Reverend Hellfire said Cr Sri was a welcome voice in the clamour surrounding West End’s development.
“Kurilpa is currently a battleground of contending social forces, as the local Community battles the twin evils of Gentrification and Greed-head development,” he said.
“The election of Mr Sri has been an encouraging development, not only because he is a Green candidate, but because he is a performance poet as well.
“Happily too, he appears to be in the old tradition of the fire-breathing, ‘direct action’ style Green activists of yesteryear, like Drew Hutton, rather than the middle-class careerists currently infesting the party.”
Rev Hellfire said the councillor’s commitment to poetry was respected.
“Jonno’s been putting on his poetic and cultural events in Kurilpa for quite a while, which I think raised his profile in the community and contributed greatly to his election.”
Also on the programme that day will be the amazing voice
of local musical legend, Dawn Daylight,
our September Mystery Musician.
And of course there will be the usual Open Mic Sessions,
the crazed visuals of the Virtual Gallery, prizes, Free Food
and Refreshments, Free on-site parking
and the friendliest poetry crew in town!
See you at the Olde Croquet Club,
91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane,
in Sacred Musgrave Park!
KURILPA POETS JULY PHOTO REVIEW;
“IS THIS LOVE??”
Sure it F**kin’ is!
“Any Man who can safely drive whilst kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.”- Albert Einstein
“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!
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 Vaughan‘s
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Also adding Musical Content was a surprise appearance at the end of the day by local “living musical legend”, Ms 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.
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.
-words by Unckle “Can’t decipher my notes” Rat.
-photos by Shane “Colourblind!!?” K.
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!!
Stay tuned for further details!