PHOTO REPORT-Ivan R RoX Kurilpa

The enigmatic Ivan Radix

The enigmatic Ivan Radix

IVAN RADIX read at the KURILPA POETS, Sunday, SEPT 29th

Open Mic time

Open Mic time

The Kurilpa Poets September show was a jovial affair, with a good mix of the old crew and some new faces in attendance. All very casual-we didn’t even put the curtain up!

"Wilkommen"

“Wilkommen”

First timers Regan, Michelle and Helen all impressed the crowd with their verse and Christine (regular attendee/first time reader) after much pressure, finally brought in her Polar Bear poem to the amusement of all.

Helen steps up

Helen steps up

Christine goes polar

Christine goes polar

New poet Regan and Iphone..is this techno-poetry?

New poet Regan and Iphone..is this techno-poetry?

  

 Ms Michelle reads

Ms Michelle reads

Our tireless Kitchen Organiser Linda Loop emerged to read an enchanting old folk tale about Devon “Pixskies”. Mystery Musician of the month, the Man with the Ochre Arm, Mr Bob Mud accompanyed her with suitably otherworldly tones.

Bob Mud, the Man with the Ochre Arm

Bob Mud, the Man with the Ochre Arm

Bob also provided an appropriately eerie and eldritch musical backdrop to the Reverend Hellfire’s rendition of Charles Baudelaire’s shaggy dog story, “The Three Demons“. Indeed Bob’s eclectix mix of keyboards and various woodwind type instruments set a suitably shamanic vibe for the whole afternoon. We thank you Bob.

The Rev in the Hat

The Rev in the Hat

Shrugging off recent health problems, Feature Poet Ivan Radix growled and rumbled his way through an intense and energetic set of poems.

I see the light

I see the light

Ivan RadiX lays it down

Ivan RadiX lays it down

His words and performance definitely transported you to a different place/ a different point of view that afternoon. Pacing the stage with a measured tread, his poems are at once both personal and political, local and universal. The Kurilpa Poets thanks Ivan for delivering this memorable performance.

Also recovering from his health difficulties, we were pleased to see Kurilpa veteran, Mr Vij Chandra return to walk amongst us once more. Wired for sound with his own personal PA set-up, Vij shared some of his recent poems that he’s been writting during his convalescence.

Vij; have PA will travel

Vij; have PA will travel

Barefoot poet Cameron Logan

                    The Usual Suspects were all in attendance and made their presence felt at the Mic- Cameron,Bill, Judith, Paul, The Loaded Dog, Tony, the other Tony, et. al., made worthy contributions to the day. Even our trusty official photographer took his turn at the Mic. JohnTreason we’re looking at you..

steely eyed Paul Dobbyn

steely eyed Paul Dobbyn

Is the Loaded Dogs cup half empty or half full?

You never know who'll turn up to these things

You never know who’ll turn up to these things

Judith Reads

One of the usual suspects

One of the usual suspects

                                                                                                                                                         

back in the kitchen

back in the kitchen

Shane K taking time off from his photography duties (photo by Rev Hellfire)

Shane K taking time off from his photography duties (photo by Rev Hellfire)

  Linda Loop

the Rev gets down

the Rev gets down

Kurilpa Cup winner Tony K

Kurilpa Cup winner Tony K

Double Act; Tony M & the Rev

Double Act; Tony M & the Rev

Earth man Bob Mud

Earth man Bob Mud

A final thought; Is this a trend? The increasing number of people reading from notebooks/tablets/iphones et al.at the Open Mic? We wonder..

Cam in Action

Cam in Action

The Mic goes round the crowd

The Mic goes round the crowd

ALL PHOTOS IN THIS REPORT TAKEN BY OUR OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHER SHANE KNEIPP UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED

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KURILPA CUP RESULTS AND REVIEW

 

The Coveted Cup

The Coveted Cup

We Had Words Together..

at the 2013 Kurilpa Cup!

Former Parameter steals Slam!

Cup Winner Tony "Fats Parameter"

Cup Winner Tony “Fats Parameter”

Well folks, we had a somewhat chaotic end to 2012, after the success of our Wild Women of Poetry Event, but the Kurilpa Poets were back in action, launching 2013 with a great “double-header” event, with the deferred Kurilpa Cup Super-Slam and NSW Wordsmith David Hallett appearing as feature poet.

In what Industry insiders describe as “a shock”, Tony (Fats Parameter) Kneipp won the Cup after a hard fought final round. The Gazette will endeavour to acquire his winning poem for publication in our pages.

Tony is perhaps best known as the creator of the infamous “Pig City” single, the song that epitomised an era, and has himself been a Kurilpa Poets feature Poet in the past.

Numbers were down, with only ten poets competing this year, but the quality of work presented was high.

Amusingly, at the last minute, M.C. the Reverend Hellfire himself entered the Slam on a dare from a member of the audience. Cup creator Dushan Bojic also entered the Slam, perhaps regretting his generosity in presenting this splendid piece of craftsmanship and hoping to reclaim it.

“Well, it should go to a good poet,” he declared with his usual quiet modesty.

Cup designer Dushan B explains his technique

Cup designer Dushan B explains his technique

With Kurilpa Poets el-Presidente Marilyn competing as well it was imperative to find an impartial judge to prevent possible “conflict of interest” charges afterwards. Thankfully guest poet David Hallett put up his hand to take on the onerous task of being the Slam’s Judge, Jury and Executioner.

An impassioned Jefferson Evans

An impassioned Jefferson Evans

The Slam opened with Kurilpa regular Jeffery (appearing for the Slam as Jefferson Evans) a poet renowned for his unquenchable streams of verse. Alas his usual ebullience was somewhat subdued, perhaps from the pressure of the Slam or from changing his identity, and regrettably, he did not go on to the finals. Next up a poet that’s been described as the Brisbane poetry family’s mad Uncle, “the Loaded Dog” with a typically impassioned Jeremiad.

A the rev juggles with words

steely eyed Dushan B stares down the audience

steely eyed Dushan B stares down the audience

The Reverend followed with an satirical and erudite take on Homer‘s “Ulysses” that took him to the Finals. Shane Kneipp, the Cup winner’s brother and a notably twisted artist in his own right, gave the event a bit of class with his rendition of some of Verlaine’s work in the original French. Dushan B stepped up to deliver a power-house piece that took him to the finals and one step closer to regaining his creation.

Shane calls the spirit of Verlaine forth

Shane calls the spirit of Verlaine forth

A Girl named Sue

A Girl named Sue

The Loaded Dog barks

The Loaded Dog barks

Next up, eventual Cup Winner Tony K presented his first poem of the day with an understated conviction convincing Slam-Judge Hallett that he must hear more. Then came a girl named Sue and elder statesman of the Kurilpa Poets, Vij read with his usual quiet dignity. KP Supremo Marilyn then coloured our worlds giving 50 Shades of Grey a much needed blue rinse.

Marilyn struts her stuff

Marilyn struts her stuff

Last but not least came Ray, running through the door at the last moment and straight onto the stage to compete, adding a touch of drama to the occasion. Ray may not be KP’s most confident public speaker, but he performed that day like a seasoned trooper.

Ray Reads

Ray Reads

 

After a short break for much needed refreshments while the multi-talented Mr Dushan’s audio/visual experimentations drifted across the walls, we resumed with master poet David Hallett showing us all how it was done, with a mesmerising but for me, far too brief a set.

 

David Hallet shows how its done

David Hallet shows how its done

 

Then at last the finals where, it was the Rev, Dushan B, and Tony “Fats” Parameter and Marilyn battling it out to grasp the gorgeous goblet. All are experienced and confident poets, and performed accordingly, but it was Uncle Fats’ understated eloquence that deservingly won the day at last.

The Reverend presents the winner, Tony "Fats Parameter" Kneipp

The Reverend presents the winner, Tony “Fats Parameter” Kneipp

Amidst cheers and good-natured bantering, he was duly presented with the Cup, certificate and the traditional “loaf of bread, jug of wine & book of Verses” (Rosemary Dobson as I recall). Being “Gluten-challenged” Tony later distributed the bread amongst the poor of the parish. In a break from tradition the winner this year received their cash prize in the form of a cheque, instead of the usual envelope of unmarked, non-sequential bills. What’s happening to the world!

 

Kurilpa elder Vij

Kurilpa elder Vij

All the Kurilpa Crew contribute to make our events a success, but a word of praise is due for the self-effacing Linda Loop, who as always quietly busied herself behind the scenes making sure that the kitchen didn’t descend into chaos. Sadly she didn’t grace us with a haunting Schubert lieder this time around but perhaps in the future.

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Note: At the after celebrations the cup winner was last seen quaffing deeply from the coveted Cup and smiling a crooked, but proud smile.

All this and more

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Stop press! The Water-rat Gazette has just acquire the winning poem for your enjoyment. We  proudly present the 2013 KURILPA CUP SUPER SLAM winning poem..

THE SLEEP-WALKERS

I dream of hope
I dream of tomorrow
I long for yesterday

Insect intelligence
Urge not even uttered
Legs moving, not thinking
Feeling, not feeling
A hard case
One of millions

I need to go back
Where I know people’s names
Some love me, some hate me
But at least they know my name

I told you, I told you
I don’t have to say it any more
I just don’t care
Nothing left to say
It won’t change anything

We were talking about
What we used to do at parties
He likes sex, all right
I said, take your pick
They’re all great
Plain girls are beautiful too
That’s my quota of fun for the night
Once a month is more like it
I’m busy trying to get
This damn pipe going
This was a bet, wasn’t it?

-Tony Kneipp

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