Kurilpa Poets present; “ATMOSPHERICS”, Sunday, 27th May

The Kurilpa Poets present

Sunday 27th May, 2pm,

91 Cordelia Street,

Sth Brisbane

“ATMOSPHERICS!”

“..And these our Actors fade into the Air..into thin Air”

W. Shakes-speare

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This month the Water Rats take flight as we present the Fourth in our Elemental Themed events, Investigating in our Poetical/Alchemical Fashion the Properties and Collective Cultural Concepts of the ancient Element of AIR.

So we therefore encourage those of you inspired by our Theme,

to bring any airy-fairy, head-in-the-cloud verse, quotes you want to float, wind-bag writings, thought-bubbles or word balloons

that you have to share

concerning the subject

of the Element AIR.

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SAVANU-

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The Madcap Returns!

One of Brisbane’s most unique Poetic Performers,

Offbeat but somehow strangely Upbeat, this month’s Feature Poet marches always to the beat of his own drum.

SAVANU’s Poems are atonal algorithms, zen-like masterpieces of twisted logic and warped clarity.

Autistic Cross-words with a Sucker-Punch-Line.

Oh yes, he delivers his verse with the Wide Open Eyes of a naive Innocent, but he smiles the smile of a very old Crocodile.

In Performance SAVANU punctures his poems with his wry, sardonic laughter, as if he alone can ever get the joke. Indeed, his laughter has been described as, “the Laugh of the only Sane Man left in a World gone Mad”

and chances are, by the end of his Set,

you’ll be laughing like that too.

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May Mystery Musician

Pat Hehir and Hawklmoon in Action

PAT HEHIR

This month’s Mystery Musician has deep roots in West End Culture.

Pat, usually seen, as vocalist/ guitarist for local, gritty rock outfit “HAWKMOON” is proud to proclaim that his moment of Inspiration to become a musician was while watching POWDERFINGER playing live on Vulture Street back in 2003. Since then he’s honed his skills playing many a gig and releasing an album, “The Saturn Return” in 2017.

You can hear Pat and Hawkwinds music and learn more about them here, hear? ..

*https://www.facebook.com/Hawkmoon.music/

Now Pat is flying SOLO for the first time for the Kurilpa Poets,

this Sunday 27th May. Be sure to have your boarding ticket

and be at the gates on time to witness the solitary Moon Hawk in flight.

Unsuspected Artist of the Month;

GEORGE HERRIMAN

Our Visual Arts Director has got a real treat lined up for us this month on the virtual gallery’s Big Screen,

as we feature the surrealistic Cartoon Art

of the Creator of the Zany KRAZY KAT cartoon strip.

Featuring the antics of Crazy the Cat and anarchistic, brick-throwing mouse Ignatz against an ever shifting, alien landscape, Herriman’s strange and surreal visions inspired later generations of under-ground cartoonists to go nuts.

And Introducing

MC Fiona Privitera

MC FIONA PRIVITERA

Putting this month’s line -up together

and stepping up to the Mic as Ringmaster General of the Kurilpa Circus

& Mistress of Ceremonies

is non-other than esteemed

Kurilpa Cup Winner, Fiona Privitera.

Hopefully Fi will also have some of her own wry words

of dry wit & wisdom

to share on this occasion.

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And as alway there’ll be Two Open Mic Sessions, where all-comers are welcome to share their words & thoughts, Free Food & Refreshments, Free Onsite Parking, Friendly Company, Great Music and thought provoking Ideas. All this and more for a mere $5! So come and join us this Sunday ‘neath the sacred trees of Musgrave Park.

And also as always we suggest the community-minded could bring a bottle or a packet or a plate of something nice along to add to the Feast. Finally, while we encourage people to bring something to read, be it their own work or others, verse or story, the main thing is to just bring Yourself!

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“FRIENDLY FIRE”, Sunday 29th April, 2pm

FRIENDLY FIRE!

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 CUHA!

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.

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REVEREND HELLFIRE

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!

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JEM SPARKLES

presents the West End Launch

of her fabulous, new EP

“BEAUTIFUL LIFE”

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,

Mary Cassatt

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.)

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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!

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March Photo Review; Having a Ball with Tom & the Crew

March Photo review;

Tom Ball and his band of Merry Makers Whoop it Up!

EARTH VERSES THE POETS!

No, you weren’t seeing double. There were two Men in Black at Kurilpa Poets this month as the Reverend Hellfire & the Water-Rat Crew were joined by West End’s very own Johnny Cash, journeyman Troubadour Tom Smith and his crew of merry Muso’s.

The Men in Black; Reverend Hellfire & Tom Smith

Open Mic saw a fine line up of Poets who brought us back in touch with our roots, delving deep into the earth, sprouting lines like vines of verbiage blending with the foliage of the trees of Musgrave Park around us.

The Rev opened the show with some fine alchemical ramblings on the nature of Earth; “Earth is a girl with a Dry sense of Humour”, quoth he.

A dapper Thomas Nelson delivered philosophical Earth musings that evoked the sweet smell of rain on the Earth, as the monumental figures of William Blake’s Angels & Spirits arose like statues of rock on the Virtual Galleries Gig Screen.,

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Jeffrey “Shakey” Evans, claiming to channel the Spirit of William Shakespeare (with perhaps a dash of Keats thrown in)delivered a rapid fire barrage of words, ultimately working himself up to an epileptic like peak of passion! You could really see where the “Shake in “Shake-speare” comes from!

SAVANU assured us what a Wonderful World it could be, and deplored a life where everything has become a job.

Visual Arts Director Shane K delivered a montage of urban images delivered with a surrealist intensity and later gave us a few thoughts on the Art of Visionary Genius/Madman; Mr William Blake.

and a little child shall lead them

Linda Loop emerged from the kitchen after the break to sing sweet, sweet music,/Words emerge from unlikely sources/

more voices speak in tounges and teeth/ my notes fall apart and are lost/

lines emerge from my jumbled notes;

“Our children are not our Children, they are Life’s”

The most powerful poems of the Open Mic sessions were undoubtedly those the “other Shane“, a young man whose writing is delivered thru the medium of his mother Val and a laptop. Unable to communicate as you and I do, Shane types out his poems on the keyboard, with the assistance of his Mother helping to steady his hand as he does so. Val then reads out the Poems and communications in general thus composed. The result is a surprise, stunning poems of Flight and Freedom that left a stunned audience sitting some moments in silent appreciation before erupting into heart-felt applause.

Open Mic Time, Shane and Val step up

But the day truly belonged to Tom Smith and his ever shifting, kaleidoscopic assemblages of musicians, who really lifted the Spirits of all attending, creating a great Community Atmosphere/ a tribal togetherness with his vagrant band of buskers and strummers.

The first set Tom started off with his ongoing Community Group, the Whoopee-do Crowd, the second set was supposedly Tom & the “Songs of Tom Smith Band“, the free-floating ensemble of muso’s dedicated to playing the actual songs of Tom Smith. Confused yet? Doesn’t matter, it all sounded great, and anyway there was a certain amount of leakage of personel between the two groups anway so boundaries were fairly fluid.

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Special note must be made when brother Nigel QPapaYandi joined the Tom & the SOTS to blast out some sweet, sweet blues harmonica riffs. Nice. Also really liked the Cohen-esque song Tom chose for the SOTS opener in the second set, called, so I’m told; “I don’t care what people think“.

All in all a great afternoon, fine food, rousing music, thoughtful words, amusing company. Dig it.

I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.

See you all next time.

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words; Unckle Rat

Photos; Shane K

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Hey! Would you like to write reviews of Kurilpa Poets events?

Contact the Rev at kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au to discuss & arrange.

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JEM SPARKLE’S “BEAUTIFUL LIFE”

The Kurilpa Poets April MYSTERY MUSICIAN 

JEM SPARKLES

presents the West End Launch

of her fabulous new EP, 

“BEAUTIFUL LIFE”

 91 Cordelia Street, Sunday, 29th April, 2pm

Jem Sparkle is one of the Water Rats favourite guest musicians, so we were considerably excited to hear the news that she would be using her appearance at the Kurilpa Poet’s “Friendly Fire” event to launch her new EP,

“Beautiful Life”  

This is the the Sparkly Ones first recorded product, containing four of her own, original songs. Happily she has the knack of writing catchy/classic tunes with simple but heart-felt lyrics. She’s also a seasoned and confident performer after years perfecting her Art playing the West End music scene and we’re certainly looking forward to hearing her perform the new songs from Beautiful Life at the Olde Croquet Club this Sunday.

Jem and Guitar at work

The well-named Ms Sparkle always lights up the room when she plays, her Music projects a strong Spirit & a beautiful Soul and hopefully this new recording will be able to capture something of the vivacity of her live performances.

Not sure what format/s BEAUTIFUL LIFE is being made available in (CD? Download? Wax Cylinders? Cuneiform Clay Tablets? ) but hopefully copies of this artefact will be available for purchase and autographing on Sunday. See you there at the Olde Croqquet Club beneath the trees of Sacred Musgrave Park.

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Archeologists Discover Nov 2017 Photo Review !

KURILPA POETS

November 2017 Photo Review

The Kurilpa Poets and friends kicked up their heels in fine style for 2017’s last gig at the old Croquet Club. Fine food was served, Strong words were spoken, sweet Jem Sparkle opened the afternoon with a bang (accompanied on this occasion by a talented, young Cello player adding mellow & mellifluous tones & timbres to her tunes)

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the Open Mic sessions rocked, MC Cam Logan suavely steered the show through the shallow shoals, the Virtual Gallery served sweet eye candy and the days Feature Artists, that ever eclectic group The TAPELOOPS (those legendary musical Survivors

 whose origins are said to lie somewhere in the mysterious ‘Eighties) demonstrated why they’re still on the cutting edge of Creativity in the 21st Century.

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John Linda & the Rev display the kind of telepathic group-dynamics in performance that  can only be acquired by thirty years of musical collaboration. Not that they’ve settled into a rut by any means, they’re still experimenting and pushing the boundaries, and even the oldest material is being constantly re-worked. They don’t do Songs. They do Poetry & Music, the two forms entwined like snakes copulating, so much so that tis often hard to tell which is which. Synthesia occurs.

Come Open Mic the water rats & Friends trooped up to say a few last words for the year.

Paul Dobbyn- Great shirt Paul!

Though recollections are dimmed by the passing of time, fortunately archeologists have uncovered the original documents made by MC Cam on the day, describing his impressions of the motley parade of Poets marching up to the Open Mic.

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The Kurilpa Open Mic – November 2017

As recalled by Cameron Logan, esq.

Brett C

Election – Maiwar – Three little pigs hanging votes

Fiasco of the boats and the least bad swine – Adani

the red haired owner screamed – straw house collapses

Squana

I never wrote this one”

By “The Foreskins” – I don’t wanna die

even though my life is a bore

Geoffrey

An angelic theme

Rarity of angels, the seraphim keep watching

Heaven hereafter, and heaven here and now.  A father to his daughter

-Mortals do dance, do battle

Anna

Husband – suicidedHis letter to her – sweet, heartfelt – journey to Aus

For 18 days + counting

Crazy as it seems, I dg you as a bear digs salmon – If your

Feet are as cold as a Walrus’ flipper – Beautiful memories – many letters

+ poems

Paul

A bit over 40 years ago I wrote this”

A doberman for company, Rocky outcrops.

Caesar let the ‘roo escape. Snake – “neither bit

the other”

– A tale told of an empty house”

Rev

donned his (smiley face) for an Emoticon delivery

After food and Tapeloops were served it was on to..

Round 2

MC Cam Logan

 

Brett. C

Racist Australian Santa

Santa’s job has been out sourced

Kids who ask for world peace got fucking sweaters

Racist justification to Santa’s ear – He reads the Courier Mail

Savana

Go to the toilet, get a load of my mind.

Unpredictable piss, the biggest struggle is staying in the

Now. “Expanding like a handful of shaving cream!”

Geoffrey

Under the influence of California window pane

I’ve said no to drugs, but they didn’t listen.

Bring to me the passion of nighty”

Feeble fingers fondle flesh”.

Paul – is Paul still here?

What god begot the shopping trolley?

Tinsel tittilates the empty stores

Gods of greed.

Shane K

ShaneWonderous history of the Palace

The cops ran Rev out of town (John first!)

We stayed and kicked against the bricks

The squat in Douglas St

Milton

We were all piss poor – Turpentine Mango tree had a bumper crop

Recalled the Banning Game  played by Politicians & Pot Activists in the Seventies  ..  

Banned                The Australasian Weed..

became

The Australasian Seed..

banned

The Australasian Need..

became

etc etc etc etc We’ll let the photos tell the rest of the Story…

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Introducing March Mystery Muso TOM SMITH

The Songs of Tom Smith

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It can be hard to have a Big Heart in this unfeeling, materialistic society, but our Mystery Musician for March has found a way to survive & thrive through the healing powers of Creativity & Community.

Journeyman-Troubadour Tom Smith and his guitar are familiar figures at Kurilpa Cultural Events in recent years, often organising his own events whilst appearing regularly on street-corners & bars, Festivals & jams, weddings, parties & anything.

Back in January 2013, Tom half-jokingly put a post up on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to have his songs as they were of no use to him!

He certainly never expected the creative surge that produced the ‘You Do It, I Can’t Be Bothered!’musical artefact, an album of 25 songs he had previously written but had never played live or recorded.

He was deeply heartened by the results of this Project and was inspired to once again  present his songs in performance. Needing a vehicle to drive his Dream to it’s Destination, he created the free-form ensemble known as; ‘The Songs of Tom Smith’- a band with a floating membership. Indeed Tom is not necessarily always in the line-up even! The only constant is, as the name suggests, that the actual songs of Tom Smith themselves form the groups repertoire.

Tom also runs the ‘Whoopee-Do Crew’ who are a community song writing collective, perhaps most often seen performing on Wednesdays at the little People’s Park on Boundary Street, opposite the Big Lizard.

You can see Tom & the jolly Whoopee-do-Crew whoop it up via the wonders of technology here;

So come along on Sunday the 25th

to witness this fab local Entertainer in action, and who knows, maybe some Whoopee-Doers will make an appearance as well.

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Kurilpa Poets present; “EARTH VERSE”, Sunday 25th March

THE KURILPA POETS

present

“EARTH VERSE”

Sunday 25th March, 2pm

with Mystery Musician

TOM SMITH

and Unsuspected Artist

WILLIAM BLAKE

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.

The Power of EARTH is made manifest in the smallest handful

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!

Tom Smith in action

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

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Kurilpa Poets present “WATER! WATER!” with SIMON KINDT & CLARE COWLEY

Is that the pitter-patter of little paws? Why, so it is!

The Kurilpa Poets return!

Sunday, 26th February, 2018

“WATER! WATER!”

with Feature Poet

SIMON KINDT

presenting his new conceptual/poetic performance piece

“POSEIDON/the sharks”

& Mystery Musician

PLANET CLARE

Meanwhile, hovering in the Virtual Gallery

this month will be Unsuspected Artist

GEORGE TOOKER

And our pyro-poetic Master of Ceremonies

REVEREND HELLFIRE

lighting the fuse at 2pm so don’t be late!

Our Poetic Theme this month is all things watery, moist or fluid! So don’t be a drip, come and share your Liquid verses with the Crew during our Fabulous, Fun and Free-ranging

Two Open Mic Sessions!

And as always there’ll be

Free Food & Refreshments!

Convivial Company!

Free Onsite Parking!

So Beat the Heat and join us

in the air-conditioned comfort of

The Olde Croquet Club,

91 Cordelia Street, Sth Brisbane

Beneath the shady trees

of sacred Musgrave Park

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Stay tuned to the Water Rat Gazette for more details to come on this months fabulous Feature Artists!

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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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