Finding new voices is a joyous thing and it is something that Small Change Press are passionate about. Their recent ‘The Dream Aint Broken Chapbook Competition’ unearthed more than 30 new manuscripts, one of which belonged to Nicola Scholes. Her winning manuscript, ‘Dear Rose’ is brimming with vivid landscapes of love, lust and vulnerability. Her poems showcase a voice that cuts through the niceties in favour of a frank transmission of experience.
To celebrate the upcoming launch of her debut collection, Nicola will feature at SpeedPoets on Sunday May 3, premiering some of the poems from ‘Dear Rose’.
Here is one of the poems from her winning manuscript.
Like a Giant
Morning barely contained I leave
without breakfast, take the bus to UQ.
Once transported, lap the lake, drink
the mellow green tea, lick the skinny milk
moss shrouding water. I could like a giant
wet finger & thumb, place them gently
at either end, lift the skirt, cast it away, fling it
on branches, a dripping hammock;
climb the hill, see them tread for Siamese
fighting fish, queue for sushi selling socialist
alternative Marx the big read, speckling the
great court, arched back gorillas reading
under trunks. I could listen to Ginsberg,
forgive his misogyny, walk under the poem
of the great arches, take that lift, open that
door, step into my purpose.
Nicola Scholes was born in Cheshire, England, in 1975, and came to Australia in 1986. She has been writing poems ever since she was a young girl. Lately, her poems have appeared in places including, The Broadkill Review (USA), Hecate, Poems in Perspex: Max Harris Poetry Award 2007, SpeedPoets, and Stylus Poetry Journal. Nicola performed at Queensland Poetry Festival in 2008, and in 2007, won the open mic competition at Queensland Poetry Festival event “Love Poetry Hate Racism.” Nicola is currently researching a PhD on representations of the maternal in Allen Ginsberg’s poetry at the University of Queensland.
Be there as Brisbane’s longest running spoken word/poetry event takes over The Alibi Room (720 Brunswick St. New Farm) on Sunday May 3 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. The May event features Nicola Scholes, the delicate beauty of Ichabod’s Crane and a pre-launch reading from Zenobia Frost. As always there will be live sounds from the SpeedPoets poetic riff generator Sheish Money, giveaways, free zines and two rounds of Open Mic. Entry is a gold coin… This is a gig not to be missed!
SpeedPoets, Sunday May 3 @ The Alibi Room, 720 Brunswick St. New Farm. 2:00pm – 5:00pm.