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Sex Times at SpeedPoets

This Sunday, November 6, is the last chance to get along to SpeedPoets before the long days of Summer set in.

It’s been a sparkling 10th year, with features from touring artists such as Matt Hetherington, James Waller and Santo Cazzati (Melbourne); local musicians including Baron Field, Primitive Motion, Ichabod’s Crane and Mardi Lumsden and some of our favourite local poets: Fern Thompsett, Phillip Ellis, Nathan Shepherdson, Rachael Briggs, Michelle Dicinoski and Carmen Keates.

And the final line-up for the year is another 3-way feature act that is bound to POP!

SpeedPoets regulars, Andrew Phillips and Michael Cohen will perform their debut feature sets alongside Brisbane art-rock fetishists, The Stress of Leisure, who will have their spanking new single, Sex Times available for the first time in 7″vinyl. So if you want to get sexy, SpeedPoets is the place to be!

And don’t forget to pack a poem in your pocket so that you can make your voice heard in Brisbane’s hottest Open Mic.

All the action kicks off at Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City – click here for a map) at 2pm and runs until 5pm. Entry is a gold coin donation and the monthly SpeedPoets Zine is free as a 2yr old in a shopping centre!

To get you in the mood, here’s a couple of clips of The Stress of Leisure teamed up with two of Brisbane’s finest poets, David Stavanger & Nathan Shepherdson. Get your dancing shoes on!

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SpeedPoets gets Primitive

Sundays are for celebrating and today I am shining my shoes in anticipation, as at 2pm Brisbane legends, primitive motion will be dropping their casiotone grooves on the SpeedPoets audience. Described as playing, ‘disposable snippets of flayed cosmology’, primitive motion, rumble and shake in the coolest possible way and to take things into the realm of ‘the ridiculously good’, Nathan Shepherdson will be joining Leighton Craig & Sandra Selig on stage, for a one-off collaborative live jam.

If you are not familiar with Nathan’s work, here’s a snippet of his brilliance:

↓     the venom prays to its simplicity as it kills you
    sets clouds loose under your softening fingernails
    producing the type of smile drawn on a tree with a knife
    you have more than one enemy
    and i am more than one of them

read the full poem – words coat the object – in issue #7 of foam:e

And here’s a little primitive motion to get your Sunday moving:

And if that’s not enough, winner of this year’s Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem, Rachael Briggs, will also be hitting the mic for her first Brisbane feature set.

So come on down, bring a poem for the Open Mic… get primitive!

SpeedPoets – 2pm to 5pm – Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City) – Entry is gold coin donation

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SpeedPoets fires up this Sunday

First Sunday of the month means SpeedPoets. Over the past 10 years its become one of this life’s special rituals; a well-lit beacon to light the way through the particularly long weeks (you know the ones) and keep the creative spark smouldering.

This Sunday marks the second gig at Brew. The first one was a standout and with features from Phillip Ellis and Mardi Lumsden on offer this month, I am certain Sunday will be a gig to remember. Of course it is you who gives the gig it’s real kick… you, the one who gets up in the open mic and delivers a moment of stillness or madness or revelation. So if you are in town or anywhere in the vicinity, pack a poem in your pocket and come along… we’ll be listening.

SpeedPoets runs from 2pm – 5pm at Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City. Here’s the link to a map of where to find it. Entry is a gold coin donation.

And as always, the monthly zine will be available, free-of-charge to the first 40 people through the door. Here’s a couple of poems from the issue:

the pigeons are so fat
 
here in the city and spring is colder,
swooping in and out
of giant, glass corridors
and terrorising vendors
who steam on the footpath,
scarves nearly covering their words.
 
I shuffle into a bookstore
and out again,
clutching a brown paper bag
and crossing to the station,
glancing back at the crowd
to watch as they swell
and shatter on the steps
 
I stop long enough to watch them mutate
into a montage of faces
made lonely by the flat light
and the murmur of distant wheels,
doggedly moving on and into
the steel cocoons that
drive them home.
 
© Ashley Capes

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2 x 3 = 7
after Graham Nunn
A rain gauge
reads aloud foreclosure
notice again
and backwards

filling boredom

Recycling trucks
into garden bed
the sleepers’ creosote
a speed limit

onions sleep at

In weeds
resuscitated lawnmowers
massage a bus stop
tense children

cut introductions from

Slavic accents
pass my geometry
exams I broke
down in, once

like a car

Cocktail glass
organises bubbles
in court houses
unions order law

and fizz out
Tasting its ego
maths hold
the Eiffel Tower
less than vertigo
in genealogy

© Kent MacCarter

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Talking with Mardi Lumsden about poetry, lyrics & that Brisbane sound

After a mighty fine re-launch gig, SpeedPoets is gearing up to return to Brew on Sunday June 5 from 2pm – 5pm. Brisbane singer/songwriter, Mardi Lumsden will be bringing her sweet alt-folk stylings to the stage as our music feature, so I caught up with her to chat about the relationship between poetry & lyrics and the state of the Brisbane music scene. You can read the interview over at the SpeedPoets website.

SpeedPoets, Sunday June 5 from 2pm – 5pm at Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City.
Entry is a 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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SpeedPoets warms it’s new home

SpeedPoets held their first event at Brew yesterday and it was a cracker! There was a great crowd that gathered in Brew’s elegant basement/lounge to take in feature sets from Brisbane ladies, Carmen Leigh Keates, who took us on the road with fictional band, The Dick Candles in a fine selection of poems from her verse novella, Second-Hand Attack Dog; Charity Carleton, who delivered an achingly beautiful acoustic set, featuring songs from her band’s (Ichabod’s Crane) recent album, Honeydew; and Michelle Dicinoski, who stole our breath with a reading from her forthcoming collection, Electricty for Beginners.

Sheish Money was also in fine form, delivering a set of new songs, brimming with tales of youth, love and the shortening of garden hoses. And the Open Mic Section… well, it showed why SpeedPoets has been leading the way in Brisbane for the last decade. Twenty-five poets unlatched their lungs into the mic, 8 of them for the very first time and each one gave it their all.

You can check out more photos on the SpeedPoets website (photographs by Cindy Keong).

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SpeedPoets & Buddha Birth Day Celebrations

The 2011 Buddha Birth Day Festival is being held in Brisbane this weekend, so if you are venturing out on this gorgeous Sunday, come on down to Brew and get your fix of SpeedPoets, then slip over to Southbank to take in the festival’s closing ceremony which starts at 5:30pm. 

To celebrate, I will be reading from the work of Phillip Whalen at SpeedPoets today. Whalen was a Zen Buddhist and a key figure in the San Francisco Renaissance and his work continues to have a profound influence today.

To experience Whalen read his own work, The Poetry Centre Digital Archive features his December 12, 1956 reading at San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill Neighbourhood Association. It features some of his best known poems, Sourdough Mountain Lookout, Martyrdom of Two Pagans and the brilliant, Invocations and Dark Sayings in the Tibetan Style (parts I & II). You can stream or download the reading here.

It will make the sun seem even warmer…

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SpeedPoets re-launches this Sunday

Brisbane’s longest running live poetry event, SpeedPoets, is re-launching this Sunday, May 1, at their brand new home Brew, located in Lower Burnett Lane in the heart of the City (check out a map here). As usual all the action starts at 2pm and to celebrate the move to our fifth home, we have invited three fine Brisbane ladies to take centre stage.

Singer/songwriter, Charity Carleton from Brisbane band, Ichabod’s Crane will perform songs from her band’s latest album, Honeydew. Head to their bandcamp site to listen to tracks from the album. And bringing the poetic noise are Carmen Leigh Keates and Michelle Dicinoski. Both Michelle and Carmen have recently been featued on the SpeedPoets Website, so you can head over there to get a hit of their words.

And let’s not forget, that you can be a part of SpeedPoets history… come along, pack a poem or two and sign up to get your slice of the spotlight in the Open Mic Section. There will also be live sounds from Sheish Money, raffles and giveaways and the free monthly zine will be there for the first 40 people through the door.

So spread the word… let’s make this one an afternoon to remember!

SpeedPoets Live @ Brew
Lower Burnett Lane, The City
2pm – 5pm
Entry is a gold coin donation

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SpeedPoets re-launches at Brew

Since their massive 10th birthday gig in March, SpeedPoets has been on hiatus looking for a new home. That home has now been found…

Brew is one of Brisbane’s exciting new venues and is located right in the heart of the city. For all the details, head on over to the SpeedPoets website. The re-launch in May is going to be big!

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