SpeedPoets goes international this Sunday

That’s right, this Sunday, SpeedPoets will feature not one, but two poets all the way from the UK!

The 2011 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Jacob Polley will give his first reading on Brisbane soil and Ashley Martin will give her only Australian reading while she is in the country, so make sure you are there to help roll out the SpeedPoets carpet and welcome these fine artists to the stage.

Jacob has been a flurry of activity these past few weeks, facilitating a weekly poetry workshop at QLD Writers Centre on Tuesday nights and most recently, jet-setting up to Rockhampton for a series of workshops and readings. If you are keen to know more about what Jacob is up to during his residency and how you can connect with him, you can email Sarah Gory at qldpoetry(at)gmail.com .

And as Ashley is out here holidaying, I jumped at the chance to have her feature at SpeedPoets.

Here’s two recent poems to introduce you to Ashley’s work:

Warbler

I have built a model
bird house

with windows
in the tree tops

a way to catch
each gnat

until seasons shift
and glory outstrips

this habitat
passing songs

through my walls
to find a continent.

********************

Little Flock

I dreamt you were in a bird costume
struggling with your feathers,
silent behind the beak.

It could mean the hatching of some plan
to wake up and leave this nest
we did not build
on the sibilants of song

but the habit of each other,
a twig the measure of our touch.
It was enough to weave together branches.

********************

The seams of SpeedPoets are ready to burst, so make sure you are there to watch it explode!
Date: Sunday August 7
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Place: Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City (http://www.brewgroup.com.au/)
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
The venue has a strict capacity of 60 people, so make sure you are there early to get your seat in the room!
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5 responses to “SpeedPoets goes international this Sunday

  1. Graham it looks great! I wish I could make it, but I have wedding planning to do 🙂 Hope to catch up soon.

  2. gmc

    THE WARBLER WAY

    In a world of innocence
    Swords and spears
    Are songs of sweetness
    Sugarblades for the collapsing
    Of Troy or Jericho

    Birds like vultures
    Are drawing circles
    In a smooth avalanche
    Where sand becomes snow
    In the kaleidoscope eye

    On a land with no shore
    Painters are singing
    Birds in their hand
    Are just ears
    Listening to a golden ring

  3. Dear me! My eyes are closed in the photo 🙂 I had no idea. Will be more circumspect on Sunday for certain!

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