Riverbend Poetry Series: The Romantic, John Koenig

It’s only four sleeps until Riverbend opens its doors for the first event in the Riverbend Poetry Series and the line up is set to crackle.

It has been wonderful featuring each of the poets, so it is with great excitement I present the final of the four feature poets, John Koenig.

John has been on a hundred wild goose chases in his time. He has however, never caught any geese, though once or twice he may have come up with some tail feathers. When not chasing wild geese, John hides out on a ridge north of the city of Brisbane, from where he ventures out for work, play and of course, wild goose chasing. After half a lifetime of venturing forth it turned out that he was a poet. Wonders will never cease. John admits to a romantic inclination towards life, and likes in no particular order: birds, words, people of all ages and love.

John will launch his debut micro-collection, Green Tea & Nicorette as part of Brisbane New Voices II on the night, but for now, here’s a new poem.

When a boom time rises,
everything converges on the roads.
Pulsing through blue veins of bitumen,
incognito, trucks have run the track,
in the night that came before,
signposting a trail of carnage,
in various stages of decay 
and disarray.
Mammals and marsupials
rearranged to resemble,
blood stained blankets
that have been,
thrown away.
While wily Crows dine fat on
roadside service.
Blown out tyre treads remind me,
that you never see any dead crows,
just a murder of their own

Tickets for the event are almost sold out, so be sure to book yourself in for what is shaping to be a fine opening to the Brisbane poetry season! Here’s the details:

Date: Tuesday 22 February
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=2481

See you all there…

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One response to “Riverbend Poetry Series: The Romantic, John Koenig

  1. Super! Having laid the scene with pulsating bitumen veins delivering trucks to a furious junction, I have road kill as blankets, and a Mafia Syndicate, The Crows!

    Great read, and I wish I were there at the Riverbend.

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