The first Riverbend Poetry Series event for the year was one that I will long remember and I am already anticipating another great event on Tuesday April 27, when QLD Poetry Festival, QLD Writers Centre and Riverbend Books join forces to present a night of poetry with Tim Collins, Nathan Shepherdson, Kent MacCarter (VIC) & the launch of Brisbane’s favourite lit-mag Small Packages (vol. 11).
As always, I will be featuring a poem from each of the poets in the lead up to the event, so here’s a taste of what you can expect from Tim Collins:
That Night at the Powerhouse
And now this pale swan in her watery nest
Begins the sad dirge of her certain ending.
Your sandstone hair coloured the black
grace of evening, the resting river, baying
slowly, strobingly at the shore line, it was a
time to be written about (you away from him).
It could have been your wedding night,
you were that beautiful and the spelling
of your sensuality was in the way you
leaned against the wall as we kissed, your
tongue slim, soft and wet with warm intent,
your thighs all tensioned up as we pulsed
together, but the trip home in the cab had
the thistles of guilt growing in your every
breath, we sat apart in the cold back seat
of that cab, the cabbie wanted us to embrace
and harpsichord his lonely cold night drive
in the rear-view mirror…
and then not needing
a dictionary, I realised the way you got out
of the cab was the sheer epitome of rejection.
You walked to your home, to him, walked
slowly like the last refrain in a funeral dirge.
Tim Collins is a full-time poet, fictionist and playwright. His fourth book of poetry, House of Voices was short-listed in the 1993 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize and highly commended in the 1995 Jessie Litchfield Award for Literature. His fifth poetry book, The Ruined Room was launched at the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2000. Along the Lip’s Edge – New & Selected Love Poems was launched in 2006 at the Queensland Poetry Festival.
His latest book of poetry, The Crooked Floor was launched in late 2009. Tim is one of the five founding members of Queensland Poets Inc. His poetry has been published in over 80 journals and magazines in Australia and overseas and he has received over 40 awards for his poetry.
Currently he is working on Night and Fog his eighth book of poetry. When he is not writing he is Poetry Editor for Etchings Creative Journal.
Date: Tuesday 27 April
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/Events/EventDetails.aspx?ID=