VOX DOMINA 28th May PHOTO REVIEW

VOX DOMINA PHOTO REVIEW*

The Ladies Step Out!

VOX DOMINA

Wow! What a fabulous day at the Olde Croquet Club. Amazing poetry, an eclectic soundtrack, delicious food and, as ever at Kurilpa Poets gatherings, a friendly and diverse mix of interesting People.

MC and organising genius of the day, Fiona Privitera,

Reaching out to the Audience;, Fiona Privitera

had assembled for us an impressive array of poetic talent of the Feminine persuasion.

One such was Mystery Musician Marissa Allen, who hummed and thrummed her eldritch Violin and crooned like an ancient Sybil as the hall quickly filled with Old Friends and New Faces.

Marissa thrums and ullulates!

First up of the Feature Poets, Laura Kenny‘s poetry delivered intimate observations with a Wise Woman’s eye, surveying a World of meaningful minuatae, her observations ranging from homely memories of the ritual of dressing, to the sad existence of the child miners of India.

Laura Kenny

The Open Mic unleashed a diverse motley of voices of every gender for us to consider;

Kurilpa newcomer Suin Ni gave us a vision of predatory Urban Landscapes where, “Leopards are stalked by Developers” (She later told me that the “Leopards” in question could also refer to “Leopard Trees”)

Bohemian poet Bernadette le Goullon making her first appearance at Kurilpa, then told us the tale of her own ongoing battle with Developers to save some trees.

 

 

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Last month’s Feature Poet Savanu warned us that “Life has become a terrible risk!” Cahala came on next to rumble and roar, followed by Sue Dreeves, a vibrant vision in purple. Alas, soft spoken Sue’s voice was drowned out somewhat by the sounds of Dischord drifting in from the “Real World” outside.

Trent then gave us an Epic nursery rhyme (I had trouble finishing it, he later confessed) with lashings of Sex.

The Rev shuffled on stage, broom in hand , to bemoan the fate of the modern “House Husband”. Cam Logan was quick and to the point. Loaded Dog growled a warning. CAVE CANEM, as the Ancients put it. Old Kurilpa-ite Rebekah Copas returned, jaunty Ibis feather in her hair, to speak of “Unseen Beings” and finish up the first open Mic.

Time for a break and whilst Marisa Allen wailed and vibrated, her nameless minion on drums rattled an ominous Thunder.

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(tho I personally felt that a simpler drumkit would have worked better with Marisa’s sparse sound.) The poets & friends meanwhile feasted on the fine Spread aesthetically laid out before them by our hard-working and hygienic kitchen crew. Linda and Gil deserve a big call out here for bringing Order out of the kitchen Chaos each month.(Lord knows why, but people just love to loiter and lurk in the kitchen. In future we may have to put up a piece of string to act as an Impenetrable Barrier.)

 

 

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After the break they emerged from the kitchen to demonstrate their own artistic talents. Gil brought a couple of her new paintings along to display and spoke of how her most recent work, a blood-red affair, was inspired by the recent tragic events in Manchester. Songstress Linda Loop later demonstrated her vocal prowess during the Open Mic

Gil brings out her Art vision

by delivering a cascading, note-perfect rendition of the Schubert Lied “To Art” (An die Musik) in faultless German.

Visual Art Supremo and Candid photographer Shane K gave an informative talk on Australian “Modernist”, Margaret Preston, whose paintings and prints had been playing over the Virtual Gallery. I was interested to learn that apparently her husband was one of those rare paragons who gave unwavering support to their partners Artistic aspirations. Should be more of it.

Vanessa Page

At this point I must confess I’ve lost my notes for

Vanessa Page‘s Feature Set. Sorry. (Better than last month though, when I lost ALL my notes. This month I only lost one page. Damn it, it was here this morning!)

But I do recall it was a bloody good set, professionally and passionately delivered, that had the audience’s attention riveted throughout, despite the sounds of Dischord once again drifting in from the Hostile Outside World. If you get the chance to see Vanessa Page live, you won’t be disappointed.

Vanessa delivers

Marisa Allen demonstrating her versatility, then did a set of her poems sans violin. (notes! notes!)

Finally the second Open Mic session arrives, somewhere in the middle of which my notes resume..

 

 

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The REV made a call for “More Beautiful Men and more Powerful Women“, whilst Bernadette returned to explain how her glasses were provided by the Government noting; “that’s how they Control what you see!” After 29 years off alcohol, Savanu gave us a poem about “Harold who hates cats”. Cahala assured us we are “all Masterpieces of Art”, though in my case possibly a “flawed masterpiece”, which is surely better than no masterpiece at all I suppose. Trent gave us an Australian Haiku,

“Bus stop Dreaming”, to which Cam Logan touche’ed with an absurdist “Parsley Haiku”.

Marisa declares and declaims

Finally Shane moved a vote of thanks to our stylish and talented MC, Fi Privetera, to which the audience responded with enthusiastic applause.

All in all a very successful day, here’s hoping we have many more.

As always I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story, but before I do, let me move my own Vote of Thanks to our ever ebullient Art Director, Shane K, who each month takes the time and effort to document our events and produce the fine photographs that appear on this site.

(Historical footnote; When Shane took on the job I told him, “Make us look interesting and attractive!”, and God Bless him, he’s done the best he can with the material he’s got to work with.!)

The Attractive and Interesting Shane K, Fiona Privitera & Friend

WORDS: UNCKLE RAT

PHOTOS: SHANE K

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Kurilpa Poets present; VOX DOMINA, 28th MAY

The Kurilpa Poets proudly present

VOX DOMINA

Celebrating Womens’ Voice in Poetry

Sunday May 28th, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street.

WITH

VANESSA PAGE, MARISA ALLEN, LAURA KENNY

& MORE!

Hi Water Rats and Friends! It’s time once again to break out of the bell jar with our annual celebration of Sybil & Muse, the wild & wonderful Women of Words. May the Muse of Poetry, the Lady Calliope herself, smile upon this gathering.

With the Reverend Hellfire banished to the kitchen for the occasion, Mistress of Ceremonies will be the ever erudite

Fiona Privitera

Also featuring on the day will be the awesome talents of..

 Vanessa Page

Vanessa Page is a Toowoomba born poet who lives in Cashmere. She is the author of three collections of poetry: Feeding Paper Tigers (ALS press); Confessional Box (Walleah Press) and China Bull (Work and Tumble). Confessional Box was the winner of the 2013 Anne Elder Award. Vanessa has performed her work widely, including at the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2013 and 2015, at the USQ Bookcase, Riverbend’s Poetry on the Deck series, Whispers at the State Library, Couplet, and the Nuyorican in New York City.

Plus our Mystery Musician of the Month..

Marisa Allen

is a poet, musician, songwriter and artist and has performed at numerous QLD Poetry Festivals since 2009. She has written two books of poetry, ‘Fire in the Head‘ (selected works)  in 2007 and ‘Floodlight‘ including drawings, in 2014. She also plays violin and sings in eclectic local band, the Bremen Town Musicians, who have released 4 critically acclaimed albums. In 2010 Marisa was a nominee for a

QMusic Award in the “Electronica” category.

There’ll also be a Feature set from

Laura Kenny

Laura Kenny is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing at QUT who writes poetry and prose.

Laura’s poetry has been published by Right Now and Pressure Gauge Press, and she was awarded a 2017 Varuna Residential Fellowship to work on her manuscript of autobiographical poetry, Passages. 

Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize and published in the Review of Australian Fiction.

Laura’s research is concerned with representations of childhood trauma in contemporary Australian realist fiction, with a focus on how childhood trauma affects a character’s relationship with
place.

Favourite breakfast food: Fruit smoothies

Reading right now: News of a Kidnapping by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and  Six Bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight (non-fiction and short stories, respectively).

Ghosts/aliens: Yes to ghosts (spirits?)/ I’m open to the possibility of alien contact

 

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Up on the Virtual Gallery’s Big Screen

will be the works of Margaret Preston, Australian Artist, Printmaker, Journalist and leading Modernist in her day.

OPEN MIC;

Don’t worry Boys! You’ll still get to have your say in either of our two fabulous Open Mic SessionsPoetry!

All this and

and as always there’ll be

Free Onsite Parking, Prizes,

Free Food & Refreshments,

and the friendliest Folk in

more

for a mere $5 ($4 for members)

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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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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

club and tree foliage

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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“THE SERENITY” -JUNE PHOTO REVIEW

A calm crowd attends the serenity

A calm crowd attends the serenity

Kurilpa Poets June Photo review-The Serenity!

Ah! The Serenity!

Surely there was a blissful aura of good vibrations emanating from the old Musgrave Park Croquet Hall last June 26th, when the Kurilpa Poets and Friends gathered once more in convivial conclave to celebrate the Power of the Word.

Even the challenging and confronting subject matter of Feature Poet, Fiona Privitera‘s set of poems that day, did not dampen the overall Vibe. Rather they added a bittersweet tint to the Whole, a timely reminder perhaps, like the skeleton at a Roman Feast, that the pleasures of life are fleeting and hard won, to be treasured whenever they’re found.

But I’m “waxing poetic” here, as did indeed also the many and diverse array of Poets who stood up to take the stage during Open Mic.

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Warming us up was the Reverend Hellfire with a heart-felt paean to the comforts of his bed in winter. Lazy bastard!

Geoffrey Evans offered his reminiscences of 1974 and Cyclone Tracey’s devastation. Newcomer Michael presented us with an uplifting sonnet assuring us that we cannot fail.

Local sage Tom Nelson instructed us to “close your eyes and see” whilst last month’s fabulous Feature Poet, Cam Logan, unleashed his satirical reflections on a vegan meal and a leather jacket.

Talented poet Claire Fitzpatrick shared how it felt

placing her hand on the Earth in a field of Nails.

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Michael Vaughan‘s classy sonnet wondered whether the price of serenity is placidity, whilst “Not-only-a-bush-poet” Anita Reed reminded us that “the stars will remain and we’ll leave no trace”.

New comer Robert Lort delivered a strangely surrealistic piece of poetry for our enjoyment, whilst Linda Loop serenely sang her Astrologically tinged song acapella, “Night of the Zenith”.

Nigel QPapa delivered an old rap piece of his on the joys of being arrested in QLD, whilst suspected communist sympathiser Gerard wistfully wondered

“Where is the Common Wealth?”

Arts Party number-cruncher and itinerant Buddhist Monk Eido Boru brought Open Mic to a close with an impassioned plea for our preferences in the Senate.

The Great Jeff Usher

The Great Jeff Usher

Whilst Jazz and Blues giant Jeff Usher then took his place at the keyboards for his second musical set, Kurilpa Poets Visual Arts Supremo Shane K took us thru the life and works of this month’s Virtual Gallery artist, J.B. Kitaj.

The rise of fascism by JB Kitai

The rise of fascism by JB Kitai

Then Jeff Ushers’ subtle fingers set the sonic dial to Supreme Serenity as the poets ate and chatted and ambled peaceably upon the lawn. Top marks to the kitchen crew for once again putting together a splendid repast! And thanks also to everyone who brought food to contribute to the community feast.

Gil & Lin, Kitchen maestros

Gil & Lin, Kitchen maestros

It was just as well we were all well fed and soothed and serene by the time it came to facing the emotional rigours of the Feature Set!

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For Fiona Privitera then quietly took the stage and bravely delivered a harrowing set of sometimes deeply disturbing poems, exploring

a cluster of topics centering around child abuse, family dysfunction, societal violence et al. Never, I think, have I seen a Kurilpa audience so riveted by a reading. At one point I thought I’d have to flee myself, lest I give way to an unseemly display of public weeping.

Poems on such topics can easily descend into self pity or agit-prop sloganeering. Fe avoided both traps, delivering her words with a simple, honest clarity that gave her poems a strange sort of unassailable strength.

At the end of her set the audience showed their sincere appreciation with heartfelt applause. It felt like the audience and poet had been through a lot together.

But Life goes on. “Nothing dries faster than a tear”, an ancient philosopher once declared. So we pulled ourselves together and launched into the second Open Mic set. More brave, honest and wise words were spoken then, before the day was done.

But..Alas, I’ve lost my notes!

You’ll just have to look at the pictures.

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Words; Unckle Rat

Pictures; Shane K

“The SERENITY” with Fi Privitera & Jeff Usher, Sunday 26th June

The KURILPA POETS present;

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“THE SERENITY”

Sunday, 26th June, 2pm

91 Cordelia Street, West End

Moving on from last months Dionysian depths, we ascend to the calm and contemplative heights of the Apollonian, and celebrate this month the contemplative, the meditative, the pastoral and the lyric aspects of Poetry. Can the Muse still provide a balm and solace for weary minds in the increasingly frenetic and agitated world of today?

Can the Muse lead us thru the noisy Labyrinth of Self

to find a quiet place for the heart to sit? Lets find out!

with Special Feature Poet;

Fiona Privitera

FIONA PRIVITERA

The Kurilpa Poetry Cup this year was unusual in that for the first time ever, the supplementary award of “Almost” or “Joint” Winner (depending on who you ask) was created to acknowledge the very special poetical skills of Fiona Privitera, our Feature Poet for June.

Fiona recieves the KPC 2016"Almost Winner" award

Fiona recieves the KPC 2016″Almost Winner” award

Fiona is, among many things, a poet, artist’s model, kitchen dancer and ocean lover.

Past writing focused on the theme of desire and includes poems about naked women on sushi trains, candy store sex and underwater cities where fish dance with people.

For the last two years she has been writing about depression, suicide and abuse.

She hopes that soon she will be done writing about such things because it isn’t much fun.

As well as appearing regularly at the Kurilpa Poets, she has performed her own and others poetry around the Brisbane Poetry scene at many open mics for over the last 15 years. Fiona has also appeared at The Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) in 2003, 2006 and 2009.

This year you’ll be able to see some of her visual text-based cut-up work on display at the QPF. 

In the meantime come and get a good serving of Priviteriana at the Kurilpa Poets this June 26th.

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lizard

leaving the lonely

all alone

languid in this slipping

sun slight

lizard

has small feet

slips between

a crawl in the wall

a red brick

moon garden.

– Fiona Privitera

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And appearing as Mystery Musician;

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JEFF USHER

Music hath charms to sooth the savage beast, or so noted animal-wrangler Bill Shakespeare once declared. Supplying the Sonic Tranquillizer Darts for us this month will be the chilled one himself, Brisbane Jazz & Blues Giant,

Jeff Usher.

Birds of a Feather; Jeff charms a savage beast

Birds of a Feather; Jeff charms a savage beast

We were all blown away by Jeff’s magnificent music at the Kurilpa Poetry Cup back in February and we are honoured to have him return for a second appearance. Don’t miss this chance to hear a true music legend in the intimate ambience of the Olde Croquet Club.

A selection of CD’s of Jeff’s Music will be available for purchase at the front desk on the day. Buy one and make sure you get your genuine ‘Usher Artefact’ personally autographed by the Great Man himself.

And in the White Corner..Jeff Usher!

As always there will be two Open Mic sessions where you can have your say, the Unsuspected Artists of The Virtual Gallery, Free Food and Refreshments, Free On-Site Parking, Prizes,

and of course the Fabulous Company of Friendly Folk!

All this and more for a mere $5/$3 members

All Friendly Folk Welcome.

Kurilpa Poets, Home of the Water Rat

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Bohemian Buddhistry Photo-Review.

Kurilpa Poets Photo-Review, Oct 25th 2015

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Byron Bay Bohemian RIDDHI

That Bohemian Buzz!

The Dharma Bums of Poetry Ride Out!

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Numbers this month were sadly somewhat depleted

by the simultaneous occurrence of the Kurilpa Derby,

but the True Believers turned up and a memorable afternoon

was had by all who attended.

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Mystery Muso Matt Barnes

Mystery Muso Matt Barnes soon had the crowd settled in a laid back frame of mind. We haven’t seen Matt at Kurilpa for awhile so it was good to catch up with him again and hear his down-home blues licks once more. Matt’s singing and playing have only got better in the meantime and we at Kurilpa wish him well with his musical career.

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“well I never!” sue and rev joking around

Hailing as she does from the Czech Republic, Sue Dreeves boldly claimed to be the only true Bohemian amongst us, but went on to charm the audience with a romantic poem

celebrating Creativity and Young Love.

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The old Bohemian Cafe’s jovial host Larry

Challenging Sue’s claim to exclusive Bohemian authenticity was non-other than our old mate Larry, the esteemed former proprietor of the legendary Bohemian Cafe and as such, West End aristocracy. Larry’s reminiscences of the old Boho days kept us all well amused.

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Savannu made a welcome re-appearance at Kurilpa this month reading us a couple of his idiosyncratically voiced poems, while John Tracey shared his thoughts on roadkill. Theresa T-C made unexpected links between the hi-tech phenomena of drones and “the mob down the park“.

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After the refreshment break and some more fine tunes from Matt,

Matt and Rev

we were ready for our first Feature Poet of the day, Byron Bays Bohemian Queen of the airwaves, the fabulous Mz Riddhi.

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a laughing bohemian buddha

Seemingly completely at her ease, Rid read us poems of Bohemian Hope and avant garde Angst. Sensitive and silly, sensible and subtle, her verse slipped from one topic to the next with consummate ease. Although a “reader”, Riddhi regularly makes that all important eye contact with her audience throughout. Indeed, by the end she had established an almost

conversational bond with her listeners.

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The monk punk

The next Feature Poet then stepped forth,, our very own venerable Eido Boru, who kept us entertained with his poems and tales of battling petty-minded Prison bureaucracies and

how he inadvertently came to be NASA‘s favourite poet.

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Newcomer Joe, had to rush off and pick up his daughter from somewhere so we opened the second Open Mic session with him.

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Joe-duty calls

Lovely Linda Loop loped out of the kitchen to lavish upon us a charming lilting ballad of her own making.

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Tony K delivered a solemn tribute to recently deceased West End personality, Chris Maver, whilst our visual arts dude Shane favoured us with extracts from the whimsical 1930’s satire, “Archy & Mehetabel“.

Tony Kneipp delivers his tribute to West End eccentric, Chris Maver

Tony Kneipp delivers his tribute to West End eccentric, Chris Maver

The Reverend Hellfire performed a fluid set of Tai Chi movements,

whilst ritually declaiming his dreams of Flying.

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Jeffrey Evans is generally never short of a word and today proved no exception, with renditions of his own works

and a sample from the immortal Keats.

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At the end of the Open Mic the Reverend Hellfire presented the days prize for, “The Poet who amused me the most

to non other than Bohemian Larry.

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Looking pleased, though somewhat bemused, with his unexpected prize, Larry graciously accepted the surrealistically packaged “Jumping Jack” game, complete with plastic carrots and sure to bring him many hours of wholesome fun in the future.

Larrys bemused win

Larry’s bemused win

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

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See you all on November 29th!

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Words & Photo editing: Unckle Rat

Photos; Shane Kneipp

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Oct 25th Feature Poets; RIDDHI & EIDO BORU

Kurilpa Feature Poets for 25th October

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Gypsy Queen of the Airwaves

High Priestess of Bohemia

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RIDDHI

“In every culture Poetry emerges before writing and is considered the highest form of writing. However in this day and Age our writing has been hijacked and funnelled into the narrow confines of advertising, marketing and financial competition.”

-Riddhi

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This October 25th we are proud to present as our lead Feature Poet

Byron Bay Beatnik and advocate of all things eclectic,

the original Riddhi, red-headed presenter

and creator of the fabulously maverick

Bohemian Beat radio show.

Housed and hosted at Byron Bay’s renowned BAY FM,

the Bohemian Beat has been nationally broadcast since 2007,

acquiring a dedicated following with its iconoclastic selection of Music and Interviews, Art and Poetry, Culture and Counter Culture.

“Her taste for the Avant Garde is impeccable”, says the Reverend.

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This Bohemian Avatar is herself also a noted poet, writer and activist.

When not chaining herself to a tree or culturally-terrorizing the airwaves,

she’s writing her own individualistic verse. The

late, Great Daevid Allen, for one, thought much of her work.

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Check out the Bohemian Beat for youself at

http://www.thebohemianbeat.com

for more information and podcasts of past episodes.

You may even want to listen to Riddhi’s interview with

revered Kurilpa Poets El President, the Reverend Hellfire, at

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http://www.thebohemianbeat.com.au/radio/pod-casts.html

But at all events make sure you turn up this Sunday, 25th October at 2pm to welcome our fellow Bohemian from the Rainbow Region.

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Our second Bohemian Feature Poet on the 25th October

is none other than the venerable Eido Boru,

who joined the Water-Rat clan earlier this year.

Is he Buddhism’s answer to the Reverend Hellfire?

And if so what was the question?

We explore these issues..

Eido Boru the radiant

Eido Boru-the Monk Punk

a brief explanation

In the world of performance poetry, Eido Boru considers himself to be a Modern Celtic Buddhist Bard.  Celtic because of his Irish ancestry, Buddhist because he is and Bard because he writes and recites his own irreverent verse. Modern because it’s now.

For many years, he gave talks to inmates in a maximum security prison in Brisbane.  During these visits, he started to write and recite his irreverent verse to the inmates as a light hearted way to discuss ethics and morals.  It worked. The inmates responded by affectionately naming him after his irreverent verse as;

the MONK PUNK

Monk

because he is and

Punk

because his stuff was often rude, crude and ungrammatical.  

Monk-Punk is finding its way as a social commentary on prisons, politics and principles. 

With apologies to Mr Shakespeare, Monk Punk simply asks;

“To pee or not to pee, That is the question”.

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Below is a sample of the Venerable One’s work-

THE POWER OF 8

 

Wanna deb8

Life’s gr8

In the Sunshine St8

Behind the Main G8

Until 2078

You did penetr8
Your best m8

With a bayon8

Bayon8

Bayon8

Bayon8

Bayon8

Doctors’ oper8

To determin8

Your mate’s f8

A dead w8

Cops indic8

You’re the desper8

Judge adjudic8

You did perpetr8

And assasin8

With no compassion8

Now Cell 98

Life deterior8

No love only h8

As you w8

No benef8

It’s too L8

Now you’re 88

Buried in a cr8

-Eido Boru

The PUNK MONK

So come along on the 25th October

to be spiritually and aesthetically challenged

by the uncompromising Buddhistic Punkery

of the way Venerable Eido Boru.

Come see Kurilpa's very own Two Wise Men, Reverend Hellfire & Eido Boru this Oct 25rh

Come see Kurilpa’s very own Two Wise Men, Reverend Hellfire & Eido Boru this Oct 25th

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“Bohemian Buddhistry” Sunday 25th October 2015

This month Kurilpa Poets explores our Bohemian heritage

and celebrates the Poetic Outsiders who sought enlightenment beyond the fringes.

From Baudelaire to Ginsberg, from Kerouac to Daevid Allen,

these artistic ratbags continue to inspire and corrupt impressionable youth to this very day!

So come along down to the Olde Croquet Club

to witness the modern practitioners of the Ancient Art of

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“Bohemian Buddhistry”

Sunday 25th October 2pm

Featuring;

from Byron Bay,

Bohemian Beat DJ;

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RIDDHI

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“Punk-Monk “;

The PUNK MONK

Eido Boru

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Mystery Musician;

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Matt Barnes

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Master of Ceremonies;

The blue-bearded Reverend

The blue-bearded Reverend

The Reverend Hellfire

plus;

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The Virtual Gallery, Open Mic Sessions,

Free Food & Refreshments,

Wheelchair Access & Free Parking,

and some of the friendliest folk

you’re likely to meet!

Yes, All This and More

for the low price of $5 /members $2

at

91 Cordelia Street, South Brisbane,

on the fringe of sacred Musgrave Park.

(Just down from Jagerra House)

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More details and updates are published regularly in

The Water-Rat Gazette, at

kurilpapoetry.wordpress.com

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Photo Review; YOUNG ETERNALS LIVE!

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Lunchbox Poets.. Packed with Goodness!

Twas brillig and several slithy toves were seen

gimbling by the wabe, but they were soon removed

by Council workers and the day continued as programmed.

A savage storm sprung up out of nowhere and lashed the park

at precisely 2.10pm, but by then the stragglers were safely

inside and sheltering behind our new

“Zombie-apocalypse proof” metal roller-blinds.

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Yes, there was a fine turn-out of new faces and old hands gathered to bathe in the Poetic Fountains of Eternal Youth,

while Mystery Musician Jem Sparkle, appearing for the first time without her “Golden Boys”, warbled and wailed her way thru a melodic selection of covers and originals to open the affair..

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Jem played an interesting mix of originals and old favourites.

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Jem Sparkles on with or without Golden Boys!

   

Guest MC Sophie Tarrant, wearing a fetching

 Maggie Thatcher style power-bouffant soon had the crowd warmed-up and launched into the first Open Mic session. (Interestingly Sophie has apparently never heard of Margaret Thatcher! Honestly! Young people today!).

Sophie shares words of advice for young people

Sophie shares words of advice from HOT TEEN SLUT

Tendering some avuncular advice, the Reverend Hellfire advised the impressionable audience to burn their bridges behind them. (Not to mention ripping up the rail lines and cutting the optic fibre).

Linda Loop emerged from the kitchen to inspire us all with an Acapella version of The Impossible Dream. Also pleased to see one of our former feature poets KUDOS turn up after a too-long absence and deliver a couple of his rapid-fire, word-perfect, hip-hop styled poems. He also apparently has a single coming out soon so listen out for that one. We’re hoping to have KUDOS back for a feature spot real soon.

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Of course it’s not Open Mic without the Irrepressible Jeffrey Evans to spout a bit of Keats or one of his own rambling soliloquies and so he did. It was good to see long-time Kurilpa supporters Glen Manga and Dushan Bojic back up at the Open Mic again after being MIA for a couple of meetings. Nor would it be a real Open Mic without Kurilpa regulars, Paul Dobbyn, Tony Kneipp (who’s developing a disturbing resemblence to Karl Marx lately)and Sue Fihelly delivering something thoughtful for the occasion and they did not disappoint.

Glen Manga and the Eternally Young crowd

Glen Manga and the Eternally Young crowd

Up on the Virtual Gallery’s big screen, Shane’s Saul Steinberg retrospective gave the day that little extra bit

of wacko eye-candy we’ve come to love so much.

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The rain stopped and after the break with fine food,

 much talk and more melodious tunes from Jem,

we returned for the much anticipated Lunchbox Poets set.

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Resplendent in stylish summer hats, together the three girls, Morgan Larkin, Hai Xia Wang Pole and Molly Sanders-Dwyer, quickly & quirkily introduced themselves, before taking turns to hold centre stage. Each LunchBoxer in turn proved to be a confident performer with a depth and maturity to their words that some perhaps may not have expected.

Interesting to contemplate just how good these young poets may become if they continue working on their Craft

and have a few more years of writing

and performing experience

behind them.

The only dissappointment with their set was I would have liked to see them on stage

working together on delivering a poem. A thought for the Future, perhaps.

Beware Claire Fitzpatrick's sly humour says the Rev..

Beware Claire Fitzpatrick’s sly humour says the Rev..

Claire F surprised some of the audience more familiar with her impassioned extemporising by delivering an almost demure performance.

Retro-resplendent in flapper attire,

She read her poems with a quiet intensity

and understated humour that kept the audience’s

attention focused thru-out.

Clair is another young poet whose work, I believe, shows

great promise for the years ahead. Indeed, I have just learned

that she has recently been offered a publishing contract

for a novel she’s written. Well done Claire! WE at the Water-Rat Gazette salute you!

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Later, more Open Mic.. supposedly an “under 30” session,

but no-one was looking at ID and I think not a few

of the Open Mic poets were a little over the legal limit.

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Like Doctor of Philosophy, Gerald Keaney for example.

Dressed as always with his usual quiet, good taste,

Gerry definitely delivered the afternoon’s liveliest performance.

Look forward to seeing more of Dr Keaney’s antics

when he brings his merry brand of Musos,

“Gerald Keaney and the Gerald Keaneys”

to Kurilpa in November for our special end of year

Word/Sound Bash!

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A little shy, newcomer Joe Simington nonetheless delivered some excellent verse which gave notice

of another developing talent. Another Kurilpa first-timer, Sue Dreves, also delivered some fine verse, in a quietly confident, understated manner.

 

Water Rats Linda & Guy here bear an uncanny resemblance to the Kurilpa Logo!

Water Rats Linda & the Rev here bear an uncanny resemblance to the Kurilpa Logo!

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 All around it was a fabulous day. The rain soon let up and though the croquet lawn was now a paddy-field the air was refreshed and invigorating. Some great poetry and music was heard. The Past was Celebrated and the Future looked forward to. The vibe was mellow/electric, and the food as always, was varied and tasty.

Molly, Hai Xia and Morgan AKA the Lunch Box Gang.

Molly, Hai Xia and Morgan AKA the Lunch Box Gang.

Thanks to everyone who brought food and/or helped in the kitchen or helped set up/pack up chairs at the end.

(special call-out to Hai Xia‘s mum Jen

for helping bring order out of the kitchen chaos!)

Thanks to Carol for guarding the door as always,

thanks to those who read, and thanks to those who Listened.

See you all next month!

Enjoy the pics!

Visualk Arts Director Shane Kneipp; "Shows over folks..nothing to see here.."

Visual Arts Director Shane Kneipp; “Shows over folks..nothing to see here..”

Words; Unckle Rat

Pictures; Shane Kneipp

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