The Year in Pictures
Photo-review of the Poetree Picnic
30th June 2013
Photographs taken and edited by Shane Kneipp
Words by the Reverend Hellfire
Well, Sunday 30th Day of the Poetree Picnic dawned cold and wet.
Possibly the coldest, wettest day of the year in fact. Typical. At least there were no ants. (They probably drowned in their nests.)
Nontheless a hardy handful braved the storm to hear the poetry of one of the “League of Extraordinary Poets” bright, young stars, Mr Loc Tran.
Giving up all hope of picknicing we took shelter from the storm in the Olde Club-house.
An Architect by trade, by night Loc constructs dizzying,
archtectonic palaces of verse. His poetry is always deeply personal, honest with a raw edge of genuine emotion. Though there were a bare two dozen of us there that day (ah we Few! We happy Few! We band of Brothers! And gentlemen now safe abed will think themselves cursed they were not there!) Loc held nothing back and delivered a powerful performance.
I’ve seen Loc perform a number of times over the past year, and personally I think his delivery matures with each performance.
Sweetening the sour weather that day was the splendid catering of “Edge of the Plate” Catering. Ms Phaedra’s delicate sandwiches and delightful desserts brought compliments from all.
Thanks is also due to our Mystery Musician, young Danny, who was supposed to be part of a duo, but his partner got lost in the storm. Nontheless young Dan soldiered on by himself and we thank him for his contribution.
Thanks also to the brave poets who gathered today and contributed to the Open Mic sessions. Surely quality was not measured by quantity that day.
Later we watched Allen Ginsberg’s courtroom drama’s with HOWL on the big screen
As the light faded we set forth ravens and when they did not return we knew the selfish bastards had found land and so we departed till next month.
Post Script; It was also the day of the election of the Kurilpa Institute of Creativity Inc.,’s new Executive Committee. KICI is of course the legal umbrella under which the Kurilpa Poets shelter.
Elected President was non-other than the Reverend Hellfire.
Also elected Secretary is the well-loved Linda Loop
Treasurer is Carol Balfour, trusted by all.
Also joining the Committee as non-office bearing members are Kurilpa plucky newcomers Rachael Dean,
and Cameron Logan
and the grave counsel of John Treason.
An exciting new team to take us into 2014!
Overcome with emotion, the Reverend duly was crowned with the Presidential crown. The crown (bearing a suspicious resemblence to a Fool’s Motley) was proudly worn by the Reverend for the rest of the afternoon
as a symbol of the gravitas of his High Office.