APRIL FOOLERY PHOTO REVIEW

KURILPA POETS

“April Foolery”

Photo review with; SAVANU,

LOC TRAN & QPAPAYANDI

Twas a fine gathering of Poets & Fools, Jesters and Japesters and Jollity in general,

as the Water rats held their APRIL FOOLERY event, their annual salute to the humorous, light-hearted and satirical in Poetry.

Naturally, Poets being what they are, some chose to read poems of Heart break, Desperation and Despair, but we laughed at those too, though the laughs on such occasions were often bitter or hollow.

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At this stage I must confess that while I took quite substantial notes during the Open Mic sessions and thru-out the day generally, alas, they have disappeared somewhere in the unholy depths of my In Tray, where no man goes..no, nor woman neither. Or possibly I lost them during happy Hour later that evening?..

So my review is sketchy at best this month. My apologies to the Open Mic folks. Fortunately we have the candid photography of Visual Arts Director Shane K to fill in the blank spots.

Singer/Songwriter QPapaYandi

Opening the day as we gathered to share our Words & Thoughts was street troubador and latest Water Rat recruit, Nigel QPapaYandi, with an upbeat set of his own thumpin & honkin’ tunes, playing his own material, both recent and new.

Brother Nige’ has played for the Kurilpa Poets a couple of times now, and it seems to me that there’s definitely a growing sophistication in his song-writing abilities. Certainly they were all well received by the steadily filling hall.

A shorter than usual Open Mic session nonetheless displayed much Heart, and anyway, this made some space for the days’ TWO Feature Poets.

First up, unless my memory fails, and it sometimes does, was one of Brisbanes most notoriously individualistic Poets, the ever sardonic SAVANU.

SAVANU practises his rabble rousing!

Despite his years as a fixture on the Brisburg Poetry Scene, this was SAV’s very first Feature Spot, if you can believe that, and he rose to the occasion confidently, delivering an upbeat and entertaining performance.

“I’m out of my HEAD-Head-head..!”, SAV assured us,

as he gave one of his distinctive cackles, the Laugh of the only Sane Man left in a World gone Mad, and by the end of his set his audience was laughing like that too. The Kurilpa Poets are proud to have had the honour of hosting this holy (if not wholly) madman.

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Refreshments were needed after that, and while QPapaYandi chanelled the spirit of early Bob Dylan, the strange images of Aus. Artist Jeffrey Smarts’, hyper-realist 20th century Landscapes of Urban Alienation played across the Virtual gallery.

QPapa sings the blues!

As always the generosity of the Kurilpa Crew provided a varied fabulous feast. While even the Vegans found enough to graze on, other tastes were well catered for and I for one particularly liked those tasty cocktail sausages Jezza bought..yum!

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BUTTERFLY REVOLUTION

A Spectre is stalking the Greenhouse!

After the break the ever eclectic Frank Jordan (a fount of all sorts of unsuspected knowledge)preached the Butterfly Revolution, as mug shots of the usual insect suspects fluttered on the Virtual gallery’s Big Screen. Frank gave a very entertaining and informative talk, peppered with obscure facts and showing us humans how even Kropotkin Ants and Imperialist Butterflies can co-operate! All Power to the Hive Soviets, comrade!

Preaching Insectism to the Masses, revolutionary etymologist, Comrade Frank.

Then it was time for the days main feature Poet, the Runner up in this years Kurilpa Poetry Cup, Mr Loc Tran.

Mr Loc Tran and awestruck audience

Reading selections from his 2011 slim volume of verse, OPEN HEART SURGERY, and other more recent work, he won over the audience from the start and held their attention through out. Loc has an ability to cut straight through with an open hearted commitment to emotional honesty in his Poetry. Here is a poet who understands that the only Great Poetry is the Poetry that speaks as True as you can possibly make it. I’ve sometimes chided Loc that he’s wasting his time with Architecture and should get serious and settle down to his poetry. I’m only half joking.

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The day ran a little late, as it always does when we’re having a good time, and the sun was setting by the time the last poems were read and the last stragglers were making their way to the LIZARD down at West End, for  Happy Hour, to continue the conviviality.

Where possibly I lost my notes..

See you all next month!

Damn! What WAS the next line???!!!

Photos; SHANE K

Words; UNCKLE RAT

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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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MYSTERY MUSO QPapaYandi

KURILPA POETS 30th OCTOBER GIG UPDATE;

Presenting this months Mystery Musician,

Q-PapaYandi

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Is QPapaYandi really the son of a preacher man?

The lab reports were inconclusive, but nonetheless, this months Mystery Musician proudly claims the Reverend Hellfire as his Spiritual Father and fondly recalls their musical collaboration together on his first recording project, over 16 years ago.

After a long creative hiatus QPY has again picked up his sword and shield (and of course, his guitar) to fight the good fight for Love and Music!

Accordingly, this Musical Vagabond of the Heart can be found performing with the fabulous Whoopee-Do Crew, who appear regularly at West Ends’ Peoples Park and at West End and Gailes Community House events.

Q-Papa-Yandi has also been a regular reader this year at the Kurilpa Poets’ Open Mic sessions, where he has often impressed the crowd with his free flowing improvisational rap/poems. Now he makes his first solo musical appearance for the Water Rats. So come listen to his licks, tap your toes to his tunes and celebrate the musical return of this prodigal son to the fold.

In the meantime, here’s a sample of his stuff. Check it out.

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

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FEELTHY PICTURES??

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In breaking news Kurilpa’s Visual Arts Director, Shane K, has announced that the theme of this months VIRTUAL GALLERY will be the gorgeous world of traditional

JAPANESE PRINTS

“Erotic Japanese prints?” we asked hopefully.

Our enigmatic and erudite Arts Director merely sniffed.

“It will all be very tasteful,” he assured us.

We look forward eagerly to this aesthetic experience.

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