November 2014 Kurilpa Poets Photo Review



WITH;Feature Poet; Cathoel Jorss

Mystery Musician; Matt Barnes Unsuspected Artist; Zel

MC; Reverend Hellfire


It was a wonderous fair day indeed, a mellow vibe, fine verse, fine food, fine company. Feature Poet Cathoel Jorss’s Poetry bowled  over all who had ears to hear. I believe Cathoel sold all available copies of her book that day, even the water-damaged ones were fought over by the fans. If you can’t get a real copy of Comb the Sky for Satellites you can always get it in E-book form on the net. This reviewer says; Track down a Copy Today! You won’t regret..

The Open Mic was as diverse, bizarre witty and profound as always. Mr Matt Barnes soothed our cares away with the siren song of his six string, cherry-red slide guitar. Up on the Virtual Gallery screen Unsuspected Artist ZEL’s madcap visions swirled and squirmed.

A most pleasurable way to wind up 2014 I’m sure. I’ll say no more but let the pictures speak and finish with a poem 2013 Kurilpa Cup Winner, Tony “Fats Parameter” Kneipp wrote for the occasion, in celebration of our humble gatherings. Enjoy!


In the shade of the sprawling fig tree

In a Park with so much history

The old Croquet Club calls us together.

A Word Salad and a sense of wonder

With music served as entrée

 The Reverend holding court as Jester and MC.

Free association and the occasional rants,

 Rap ballad posturings and poetic performance.


Half time break, smoke fills the rotunda

Cakes and cheese, tea and wine

A slide show presents a Surreal backdrop

To the clatter and chatter.

Another Sunday afternoon among friends.

-A.J. Kneipp


Tony K praising the Kurilpa Muse


irst time reader at Kurilpa, Alan Jeffries, also kindly donated a copy of his slim volume of verse to our expanding library of local and Australian PoetrySONY DSC
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SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCLeft: Mystery Muso Matt Barnes is actually quite well known here abouts. Below; Cathoel Combs the Sky and makes a necklace of the Stars.Then she writes a poem about itSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSCBelow; the Rev restrains himself

Above; Linda Loop performs “Der Jabberwoch!” in honour of our German guests. Left: The Danksta Downunder takes notesSONY DSCSONY DSC 

Newcomer Sophie Tarrant joined the Open Mic with an impressive debutSONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC
SONY DSC Left and below;Jefferson Evans was radiating energy as always SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC
SONY DSCbelow: My Pod is better than Ipod! Or so claims the Reverend.SONY DSCSONY DSCSONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC SONY DSC left; Jefferson E. “Oh what a feeling!” SONY DSCLeft:Visual Arts Director and Group Photographer Shane K takes time off from his many duties to peruse the Instruction Manual..



Zel for bio

The Kurilpa Poets’ ‘Unsuspected Artist’ for November,

known to the Art World only as ZEL,

has broken his austere Vow of Silence to issue

a short communique on this, the Event, of one of his

rare appearances. For like the fabulous Phoenix of Legend,

or the humble Cicada of Summer, the ZEL is a creature

whose long periods of torpor are broken by rare appearances

to the surface world we inhabit.

We re-print the statement in it’s entirety;


Zelico Maric was born in Croatia and grew
up in Mount Isa.
A hungry dog
chewed on the bones
of memory
On the seashore of desire.

Jabberwocks ZEL

CATHOEL JORSS- Feature Poet, November 30th

The KURILPA POETS present;


Cathoel Jorss; the Moon and her Priestess

their last Word-Happening for 2014,

2pm Sunday 30th November.

91 Cordelia Street,West End

Feature Poet; Cathoel Jorss

Mystery Musician; Matt Barnes Unsuspected Artist; Zel

MC; Reverend Hellfire

OPEN MIC sessions* free food & drink* onsite free parking*

Pay $5 at the door and pay no more


Hey there Water Rats and fellow Travellers!

We’ve got a really great show to finish up 2014

with a bang so make sure you don’t miss this one.

Our feature poet is non-other than expatriate-Brisbanite

now Berlin-based Poet,

Cathoel Jorss.

Backwoods,Frontier Poet goes to the Big City. MM, New York Pizza!

The Kurilpa Poets are proud to host this

her only Brisbane appearance

to launch her new volume of verse;

“Comb the Sky with Satellites It’s Still a Wilderness”

Check out Cathoel’s site at,

and for a lovely video featuring her music at

and Tune in to the Kurilpa Poets Facebook Page

on Monday night, 24th November, 9pm

to join in to the conversation/interview with

Cathoel Jorss and the Reverend Hellfire, when they’ll

be talking Art, Poetry, Travel and her new book.


Once part of Brisbane’s legendary Bohemian Cafe Poetry Scene,

this restless free-spirit has subsequently

been wandering the world and leaving in her wake a trail

of whimsical yet emotionally charged Poetry, Music and Art.

Cathoel BA E 2012

Yes, don’t forgo this one-off opportunity to see Cathoel

in action and get your own, personally

signed copy of “Comb the Sky

Up oin the Sky! Is it a BIrd? Is it a plane? NO! It's..Poetry!!

Up in the Sky! Is it a BIrd? Is it a plane? NO! It’s..Poetry!!

Our Mystery Musician for the occasion is no mystery to our regular patrons,

 for it is non-other than one

of the Water Rats’ favourite Mystery Muso’s,

he of the flame red slide-geetar,

Mr Matt Barnes.

Matt the busker

Matt the busker

When we first met Matt he was busking the corner

of Vulture and Boundary. Now he can often be found

groovin’ at the Boundary Hotel on Friday nights

with popular West End Institution-in-his-Own-Right,

Blind Dog Donnie. But Matt still loves

playing for the Kurilpa Poets and it’s always

a special occasion for us when he appears.

Paris, Texas? Nahh. Come down to the olde Croquet Hall.

Figures ZEL

Up on the Virtual Gallery‘s Big Screen our “Unsuspected Artist

for the month of November is non other than amiable

underground surrealist


Check out the Water Rat Gazette post on Zel

for a sample of his Visionary Madness.


As always it’s a mere $5 to get in, all refreshments and entertainment

is free thereafter and there’s free onsite parking.

Seeing as how it’s our break-up gig it would be nice

if people brought a plate or bottle to contribute to the Festivities.

And most important don’t forget to

bring your own poems (or indeed someone elses’

writing that your fond of) and share them

during our famously informal OPEN MIC Sessions.

home of the water rat


ZEL- Novembers “Unsuspected Artist”

Figures ZEL

The Virtual Gallery presents


2pm. Sunday, 30th November, 2014

Our Unsuspected Artist for November in the Virtual Gallery is one of the rarest and most elusive of the native artistic wildlife lurking unsuspected in the lush, sub-tropical undergrowth that is Brisbanes Cultural Landscape.

I speak of course, of the legendary and reclusive ZEL.

Jabberwocks ZEL

BlacknwhiteZELWorking unsuspected in hollow logs and underground burrows,

the ZEL emerges once every fourteen years to exhibit it’s

Work and eat free cheese at Art Exhibitions.

Later, they return en masse to the sea,

and so the Circle of Life is Complete.

Be sure to catch this amazing Natural Spectacle


Sunday, 30th November, 2pm-4.30

91 Cordelia Street, West End.

Harlequin ZEL

home of the water rat