Kurilpa Poets Photo-Review, Oct 25th 2015
That Bohemian Buzz!
The Dharma Bums of Poetry Ride Out!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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“.
After the refreshment break and some more fine tunes from Matt,
we were ready for our first Feature Poet of the day, Byron Bays Bohemian Queen of the airwaves, the fabulous Mz Riddhi.
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.
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.
Newcomer Joe, had to rush off and pick up his daughter from somewhere so we opened the second Open Mic session with him.
Lovely Linda Loop loped out of the kitchen to lavish upon us a charming lilting ballad of her own making.
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“.
The Reverend Hellfire performed a fluid set of Tai Chi movements,
whilst ritually declaiming his dreams of Flying.
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.
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.
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.
I’ll let the pictures tell the rest of the story.
See you all on November 29th!
Words & Photo editing: Unckle Rat
Photos; Shane Kneipp