LUNA VERSE PHOTO REVIEW with Leo Porter

October Photo Review

LUNA VERSE

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Pagan Idolatry was rampant at the Olde Croquet Club that Sunday

as Kurilpa’s poetic Minions of the Moon gathered to pay homage to that celestial orb. (By God, Barnaby Joyce was right! These greenie-poetic types are a bunch of heathens!)

Opening the revels was a fine set of eclectic musical experimentation from Poet-Musician Cam Logan in his guise as FREE LUNA. Quirky lyrics, toe tapping rhythms and seductive melodies, plus the odd tasteful touch of theremin magic, are the trademarks of Cam’s musical project.

FREE LUNA, doing no harm

Those interested in hearing more of the sounds of this madcap genius can turn to SOUNDCLOUD, where Cam, in the guise of his other Musical Avatar, “Charlie Foxtrot” has several sound files available for your listening pleasure, at;

https://soundcloud.com/charliefoxtrotbris

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Getting the Open Mic ball rolling along, the Reverend Hellfire & Linda Loop gave the crowd an amusing piece of Performance Poetry entitled, “The Moon Offended”, with the charming Ms Loop standing in for the Luna Deity and the Reverend in the role of supplicant Poet. Visual Arts Director Shane has supplied some stunning photos of this little skit, which have lent themselves to some fanciful photo-shopping by the Rev.

The poem in question can be read at;

https://reverendhellfire.wordpress.com/2017/10/29/tonight-the-moon-offended-redux/

Local maverick Cahala demonstrated due “judicial diligence” to expose a vast conspiracy where toxins and vaccines collude in sinister conclave. Newcomer Raquel Bastos gave us a poem by renowned Brazilian poet Fernando Pessoa and his 75 literary personalities, first in Portuguese and then in translation. Raquel is also a talented viola player as well, and will be playing a special show soon at the Old Museum as half of the ELTON BASTOS DUO.

Thomas Nelson’s was up next, and inspired by Raquel’s Latin inspired contribution, gave us a Spanish Quintilla, “Silencio” on the theme of tortuous love. (Ah, is there any other type of love). Then pocket-poet Geoffrey Evans, promised to deliver a punctual poem on the Moon, which, he insisted, would run for precisely 2 minutes and fifty-five seconds, but I forgot to time him, so I couldn’t say for sure. It was pretty short anyway.

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SAVANU put out the metaphorical begging bowl, offering to

“read poems for Money”, while Nigel Da Free gave us a taste of street poetry with heart. Trent bowled us over with a triple Haiku, while Greg “the Loaded Dog” Secombe promised to be “mercifully brief”, before delivering a love poem both short and sweet. The first open Mic ended with newcomer Bevan Pearson sharing his words and then it was time for the break and more jaunty rhythms & jive talk from FREE LUNA as the Water Rats feasted and chatted.

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Suitably refreshed we returned to hear Shane K‘s informative talk on the iconic Art of American artist Edward Hopper, before going on to the Day’s Feature set with promising young Brisbane poet Leo Porter.

Leo Porter in denial, “I never wrote poems..”

“I never wrote Poems,” claimed Leo,” I just saw the words and put them together.” Accordingly he went on to construct an assemblage of images, rising to a Babel-like tower of allegory. Entering Leo’s world we saw a legal case turned into poetry as the body decomposed/ a sonnet redolent with the latent stench of fear/ freaking out as marsupial elves caper on the roof as Arachne’s children sleep easily tonight/ dreams about a room in his house filled with dirt/ “I thought alcohol made you forget”/quotes emerge like frogs after the rain; “charred glyphs on the walls of my organs”/ bleeding raw ink on the paper carcase.

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All in all a most entertaining set of Poetry was delivered with style and confidence by young Mr Porter. We eagerly look forward to hearing his future work.

After the break Tom gave us a poem that had caterpillars nibbling at our cerebellum, while Shane reminisced about Barry Humphreys’ Anarcho-Surrealist days in Melbourne, when he declared War on the normality of Australia in the Fifties.

Linda and Cam then teamed up to give us one of Ms Loop’s personally penned songs, “Waiting for the fulling of the Moon”.

At which point my notes give out, so as always, I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

See you all next time.

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Photos; Shane K

Words & photo editing; Unckle Rat

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LUNA VERSE, Sunday, 29th October; with Leo Porter

The KURILPA POETS

present

LUNA VERSE

Sunday, 29th October, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane

Beneath the trees of sacred Musgrave Park.

with Guest Feature Poet

LEO PORTER

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Mystery Musician

FREE LUNA

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Unsuspected Artist

EDWARD HOOPER

Master of Ceremonies

REVEREND HELLFIRE

and also..

OPEN MIC SESSIONS/ FREE FOOD & REFRESHMENTS/ PRIZES/

FREE ON-SITE PARKING/ PLUS

the welcoming company of our friendly and eclectic crew

of poets, musicians and other creative ratbags.

All this and more for a mere $5 at the door ($4 for members)

WELCOME TO THE LUNA VERSE..

For our Poetic Theme this month we Minions of the Moon will be delving deep into the Dark Side of the Psyche in celebration of the Celestial Mistress of all Pagan Poets,

the white Goddess herself, the Lady Diana. See our Poetic Prophets of the Word enter trance-like states to speak in Tongues and Teeth, seeking

a Luna-versal Language in which to worship their Muse! Bring your own inspired love poems to the Moon

or Lunatick Limmericks to share with the Water Rats and Friends on Sunday 29th October.

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Leo Porter

Our Feature Poet for October is Leo Porter, a talented young Brisbane based poet, who disguises his involvement in the seedy world of Performance Poetry by masquerading as a humble, second-year Law and Creative Writing student at QUT. But behind this flimsy facade of normality he has already been published in a variety of local zines, and dreams (as we all do-ed.)-of getting his work published in larger magazines and journals.

As well as appearing regularly at Ruckus Slam Open Mic sessions, Leo was also an intern at the 2017 Queensland Poetry Festival and had the opportunity to appear at the QUT literary salon, delivering an impressive performance at that event. He will also be featuring later in this year at the Digital Writers’ Festival in November.

In the meantime, check out this clip of his appearance at the QUT Literary Salon.

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MYSTERY MUSICIAN OF THE MONTH

 

FREE LUNA

Yes the inimitable Cam Logan returns, this time manifesting in his musical mode as FREE LUNA, the Maestro of the Moody Melody, the Harbinger of the Haunting Harmonic and the King of the ant-infested Keyboards! In his guise as FREE LUNA, this Vocalist Versifier most Vociferous,

presents a post-eclectic mix of rhyme and rhythm most sublime. FREE LUNA appears alas far too infrequently, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to experience Cam’s unique musical vision.

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*EDWARD HOPPER*

Up on the Virtual Gallery our Unsuspected Artist this month is the 20th Century American realist painter and influential printmaker, Edward Hopper, best known perhaps for his iconic Nighthawks in a Diner. Art Guru Shane K will explain in detail.

So stop mooning around the house like a lonely Loon,

escape the Tyranny of the Tides and enter the magickal Luna Verse of

REVEREND HELLFIRE and the KURILPA POETS,

2pm, Sunday October 29th

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PHOTO REVIEW; TOM NELSON & JAMIE SPENCE, July 2017

Feature Poet Jamie Spence makes his Brisbane debut

July Photo Review

Tom Nelson & Jamie Spence

Memento Mori Glory

Our theme in July, Memento Mori, had several patrons turning up in mourning attire, expecting some sort of Service or Wake for a recently departed member of the tribe. Explaining how the theme was more of a generalised injunction rather than a specific instance of Mortality we swiftly moved on to the business at hand..

Fab Blues & Rock singer/songwriter and all around geetar whizz Mr Matt Barnes opened with a rousing set that would surely wake any dead within earshot.

Blues Maestro Matt Barnes

Reverend Hellfire, keeping to the theme, read extracts thruout the afternoon, of the famously depressive Australian Poet, Barcroft Boake’s morbid masterpiece, “Where the Dead Men Lie” (Aside from this poem, Mr Boake is perhaps best known for hanging himself with a stockwhip).

Gentle-man Poet Michael Vaughan‘s first poem had plants distributing Angel Dust, while his second piece on “How to Play Pinball” had balls of steel and flipped us right out..Radio guru, Eido Boru gave us sardonic observations, sharp and brief..while Cahala‘s meandering meditations on the QLD Health Dept. detoxified the brain..Paul Dobbyn returned from retirement to share with us alliterative reflections on Dead Pop Stars, while “Aunty” Theresa Creed

told us a “sea-soaked” tale alive with Spirit, “Home cried the Wind/over way-weary waves”

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Newcomer, Indigenous Poet Alan, “Stafford bred & born” told us of his 4 years of hell ending in a jail cell where he discovered he could write..SAVANU reminisced on the joy of taking a ride in the “rolls royce of Opioids” and Geoffrey Evans returned from walkabout with a digression on Astrolonomy and some “meanomorphic meanderings of the Moon”!

Jamie Spence plays the Poetry Challenge

Our first Feature Poet for the day was newcomer Jamie Spence, winner of a Poetry Slam recently conducted under the auspices of the Reverend out in the wilds of Ipswich. Jamie kept the crowd well entertained with his intelligent and witty works, and introduced us to the “Poetry Game Challenge” – a technique by which several of his poems were created. The game is to take a topic you wouldn’t normally write about and do it in the style of a famous poet. His most successful piece was perhaps his Robert Frost-ian meditation on a Supermarket, which began,” Two Aisles Diverged..”

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After the break and another fine set of down-home hoe-downs and more mood music from Matt Barnes, we returned for the day’s main Feature Poet, Mr Tom Nelson.

Tom is a well respected and familiar face around the Brisbane Poetry scene, and delivered a cracking feature set of poetry that showed that he’s also far too self-effacing about his talents.. On this occasion he treated us to a series of subtle and sensitive poems, (leavened with a touch of the Larrikin Streak) that result from a Lifetime’s worth of experience and observation.

A case in point, his thoughtful examination of Sexual and Emotional Fidelity: “You reach that Time when you must decide“; or his Poetic Paen to the brave Volunteer Firefighters of yester-year, in the innocent days before Occupational Health & Safety became a Thing, when,“at the Gates of Hell we stood”.

Yes, as Tom reminds us, it’s not surprising that, “There’s no old Firemen“.

The esteemed Tom Nelson

Tom followed with memories of an idyllic fishing trip and a loving hymn to olfactory nostalgia,

and later a heart-felt confessional for a departed friend, “I was too busy/ I brushed you off.”

Thru-out his set his poems gave voice to a deep and sincere Humanism, ranging from the tender regret expressed

for a wounded moth ablaze,

to the bitter-sweet comic relief of “My Dad Hates Cats.

Laugh and the world laughs with you..

Speaking for myself I think it was one of the most satisfying Feature sets that I have witnessed at Kurilpa. Well done mate, I dips me lid, as the Poet once said..

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High lights of the second Open Mic included; Kitchen Martinette Linda Loop pirouetted silhouetted against the rhythmic tones generated by Mr Matt Barnes steel-string, hollow-bodied geetar, as she crooned the lyrics of her original song. (Top marks to Matt here for his ability to be suddenly presented with a sheet of music and start playing it in front of an audience.) Moved to music, the irrepressible Geoffrey Evans then gave us a spontaneous acapella “Summer-time” sans “blackface” , while the venerable Eido Boru set Johnny Rotten and the Buddha on a collision course. Cameron Logan’s strange Dream Journal took us “travelling forward in Time at the usual pace”, fuelled by cigarettes and botulism. Finally the Reverend Hellfire brought the day to a close, adopting the personae of Emoticon Man to deliver a blistering satire on modern modes of mass communication.

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Well, it’s time to let the pictures do the rest of the talking, and Visual Arts Editor Shane K has once again produced some stunning character portraits. So enjoy and see you all next time!

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-Words; Unckle Rat

-Photos; Shane K

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WARM WINTER WORDS-Photo Review

David Hallett warms up the crowd

Warm Winter Words;

Photo-Review

Secretary John Treason & Treasurer Carol Balfor bask on the steps

Twas one of Brisbane’s perfect Winter Days, blue sky-ed, sunny and mild. The only dark thought was how hot next Summer is going to be if this is how warm it is in Winter.

Fortunately Poetry is generally carbon neutral and so we gathered with a free conscience to toast our toes in the fiery glow of Poesy.

Kurilpa’s favourite Mystery Musician, Jem Sparkle, filled the hall with her sweet tunes and rollicking rockers as the poets gathered from near and far to add their kindling to the flames.

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Master of Ceremonies for the Day, Cam Logan stepped forward to ignite the Open Mic and a succession of phrases and images tumbled out of our poets mouths/ snatching at the word-lines /scraps of poetry swirling in the currents like ashes..

First Time Kurilpa reader Brett Cravaliat impressed and left us with the curious mental image of a naked Samuel Pepys..The venerable Eido Boru set out to Offend the Offended and the Begating begun..stepping into the Void, MC Cam’s Voice was Lost & Found, one day playing with cardboard gun, the next a Gold Coast Kardashian..Gentleman poet, Michael Vaughan shared words of wisdom whilst The Reverend‘s warming winter words were Soup for the Soul while the Loaded Dog delivered a timely reminder to Do Unto Others..newcomer Carla Cravaliat rounded the first open mic off to well earned applause, and it was time to eat.

Jem Sparkles

And eat we did, with a generous abundance of Tasties donated by the water rats, and some rather nice wines were on hand as well to go with it as songbird Jem Sparkle trilled.

Happily also, with the kitchen successfully chained off from the mob this month, Crowd Control was no longer a problem for our hard-working kitchen crew.

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After an illuminating presentation on the days featured artist, Stuart Davis, by Visual Arts Director Shane K it was time for our Feature Poet from the rainbow region, David Hallett.

Quietly but clearly spoken, the casualness of his approach/appearance belies the polished professionalism of this powerful poets performance.

As with all good/great poets, David has the difficult task of being sooth sayer/ truth sayer in an Age where “ten million facebook likes can’t be wrong”, and where “Climate Change is a prank phone call” and the “roll call of extinction” expands exponentially every day. This Suburban Shaman reads the signs in the modern wilderness, there are revelations to be found everywhere, even in the simple act of trying to recycle batteries at Aldi. Can Poetry heal the Soul and Save the World? David Hallett for one is willing to give it a try.

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Too soon it was the Master Poets’ last poem, a moving tribute to Byron Bay and its’ healing nonconformist Vibes, celebrating the Power of Place. David gave us a professional performance and some Great Poetry; which kept the audience focused thru-out his set and won an extended round of applause for his efforts at the conclusion..

The Second Open Mic rolled around and was opened by songstress Linda Loop dashing from the Rotunda to sing a heart rending Schubert lieder that echoed agelessly thru the centuries.

Cahala gave us an amusing shaggy dog story concerning his adventures dealing with Coffee Culture & Veganism. later the author expressed doubts to me. Sure it was funny, he worried, but was it really poetry?

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New Kurilpa Poets member Brett returned to the stage

and explained that writing poetry allowed him to vent his Road Rage without feeling the need to reach for a sawn off shotgun. he then proceeded to blow away every highway irritant from Mercedes Benz Nazi’s to the bicycle before going on to explain that four wheel drives are the vehicle of choice for;

“overly hetero man/ where car and size of penis/ go hand in hand.”

Well, hand in glove I would hope, in this age of rampant viral infestations.

MC Cam gave us an absurdist haiku on a Magpie drinking from a styrofoam cup, whilst the Rev extolled the virtues of his Winter Bed.

The day rolled on to it’s conclusion. Before I let the photos do the rest of the talking, I’ll finish with these words of wisdom from Michael Vaughan;

“Withstanding raw, biting severity/

Prevailing through grit and tenacity.”

Linda Loop lilts lovely lieder 

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-Words; Unckle Rat

-Photos Shane K

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KURILPA POETS APRIL FOOLERY, 30th April 2017

KURILPA POETS

present

APRIL FOOLERY!

Sunday 30th April, 2pm

The Olde Croquet Club

91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane.

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Yes it’s that time of the year when the jolly Jokesters, Japesters and Jesters

here at the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity

celebrate the Poetry of Mirth.

Feature Poet for this Feast of Frivolity

will be our very own Laughing Buddha,

Mr LOC TRAN,

Wordsmith most Wondrous,

Architect most Awesome

and Runner-Up at the celebrated

2017 Kurilpa Poetry Cup.

Loc Tran receiving award at 2017 KPC from a saintly Cam Logan

Meanwhile, providing a rockin’ and a rhymin’ soundtrack

as Mystery Musician, will be local singer/songwriter

QPapaYandi

Aside from solo appearances around the usual dives, Brother Q can be found performing regularly with the fabulous Whoopee-Do Crew, who appear at West Ends’ People’s Park every Wednesday and at West End and Gailes Community House events.

Q-Papa-Yandi is also a regular reader at the Kurilpa Poets’ Open Mic sessions, where he has often impressed the crowd with his free-flowing improvisational rap/poems.

Check out some of the Big Q’s sound at:

 https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcNs5kold-ce4zjZHmVLBLA

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Up on the VIRTUAL GALLERY‘s big screen

we have a double- feature this month;

First half of the show we’ll be exhibiting the supra-surrealistic visions of expatriate Australian artist

Jeffrey Smart

best known perhaps for his grim, foreboding, urbanised landscapes, largely deserted but for the occasional appearance of lone, curiously vulnerable, human figures. Surely an amusingly ironic (if a little rusty) backdrop for the occasion.

After the tea-break the Human spirit soars aloft once more, rising from the Mud to the Stars, via the flittery, fluttery wings not of Angels but of Butterflies!

BUTTERFLY REVOLUTION

Local anarcho-entomologist Frank J will be

showing Butterfly & Flutterbug photos from his personal Collection throughout the second session, and will later expound on the Mysteries of these magnificent sea-creatures.

Anarcho-entomologist and precipitating agent for foreign powers, Frank J.

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And of course as always, there will be

FREE FOOD & REFRESHMENTS!

FREE ONSITE PARKING!

TWO OPEN MIC SESSIONS!

PRIZES & SURPRISES!

AND THE FRIENDLIEST FOLK IN POETRY!

Meet our friendly kitchen staff! 

All this and more for a mere $5/($4 for members)

So come along and bring your funniest poem to read,

or bring your saddest and we’ll laugh at that!

But bring along your words, be they Prose or Poetry.

Or just come to Listen, and lie back and See!

Master of Ceremonies  & Figure of Fun, the Reverend Hellfire welcomes you aboard!

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1000 PROMISES PHOTO REVIEW

PHOTO REVIEW

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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!

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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.

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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)..

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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”.

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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.

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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..

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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..

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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..

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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.

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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,

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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.

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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

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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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Presenting Madison Mae Parker & Francesca Willow

The Kurilpa Poets present:

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Madison Mae Parker

& Francesca Willow

and their One thousand Promises!

Sunday, October 30th, 2016, 2pm

Croquet Club, Musgrave Park

This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present two young International Performance Artists who are bringing their collaborative poetry/dance project to our humble cultural outpost.

Maddie Mae Parker

Maddie Mae Parker

Madison Mae Parker, a Texas based Performance Poet,

and Francesca Willow, UK based dancer/choreographer have teamed up to produce their poetry/dance collaboration entitled “One Thousand Promises“. Having impressed audiences across the USA with their alchemical and confrontational performances, they are now poised to

rock Brisbane’s world with their powerfully individualistic art.

Madison‘s poetry has been described as,

“a weird, loud holiness that fills the room”.

As well as writing and performing, Madison runs her own poetry gig

in Texas called Mic Check and amongst her many other activities,

 has also been a director of the Texas Grand Slam Festival.

Always keen to encourage others to discover the “Power of the Pen”

she has also run a multitude of workshops on Poetry and Performance

related topics in recent years.

The flexible Francesca Willow

The flexible Francesca Willow

Meanwhile, a fan of the surreal, London based performer,

choreographer, dancer and writer Francesca states that

99% of the time her favourite hobby is,

dancing to someone’s words at a poetry slam”.

Accordingly, she has performed in a wide variety of venues, from the Wembley Arena and London’s renowned West End to Japan in the mysterious Far East.

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You can find lots more information on these talented young artists and their activities at their web sites:

http://www.madisonmaeparker.com/

http://www.francescawillow.com/

For a sampling of their work check out:

Or better yet, come and see them perform live

2pm this Sunday 30th October at:

The Olde Croquet Club

93 Cordelia Street

in the shade of sacred Musgrave Park

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And as always there will also be:

Mystery Musicians/ 2 Open Mic Sessions/

Free Food & Refreshments/ The

Virtual Gallery/ Free On-site Parking/

& Fabulously Friendly Folk!

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All this and more for a mere $5

See you there!

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SUBVERSIFY UPDATE, Jem Sparkles and Beatrix Potter to appear!

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SUBVERSIFY UPDATE

The tension builds with less than 24 hours until the Kurilpa Poets SUBVERSIFY event takes place on Sunday 25th September at 2 pm, with Feature Poet Jonothan Sri

leading the vanguard of our highly trained cadre of subversive Poets.

Government forces are already erecting barricades around the compound as supporters gather in the nearby safety of Musgrave Park. Several on the spot fines have already been slapped on poet protesters for attempting to declaim Haiku in a public space and one man was led away on suspicion of speaking in Blank Verse. Meanwhile, a break-away faction of bush-poets have set up camp by the Billabong..sorry, I meant the Rotunda, from which they are flying the Eureka Flag.

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Jem Sparkles in action!

Meanwhile in news just to hand, we learn that there are dramatic events occuring on the Musical Front. After the chaos following the mysterious dissappearance of Mystery Musician, Dawn Daylight, several days ago, Kurilpa apparatchiks were relieved to be able to announce that Kurilpa Poet favourite, Jem Sparkle, would be stepping up to provide the days soundtrack.

Jem always lifts the mood with her charming presence and charged performances, so we look forward to seeing her return on this occasion.

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Meanwhile, marching as always to the beat of his very own samba band, Visual Arts Director and known refusnik,

Shane K will be showing the Works of the Greats!

Great Early Illustrators of Childrens Books, that is.

Judicious selections from the illustrations of John Tenniel, Beatrix Potter and Sheppard, amongst others, will be presented for your delectation, and as always, expect our erudite Arts Director to deliver an informal but illuminating dissertation on the subject.

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SUBVERSIFY, with Johnathan SRI & Dawn Daylight, 25thSept

SUB VERSIFY

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Jono Sri, Poet and fire-brand Politician

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.

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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 progress-moloch

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.”

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Ms Dawn Daylight

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!

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