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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.

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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.

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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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Countdown to SpeedPoets 10th Birthday Bash

This week is a big one… 

Tonight’s gig at Riverbend Books is almost sold out (a few tickets left so get there early!!!), tomorrow nights gig at Confit Bistro is being filmed for Channel 7’s The Great Southeast and then on Friday night I fly down to Melbourne to feature at The Castlemaine Poetry Reading (at The Guildford Hotel), hosted by Ross Donlon on Sunday, Feb 27.

Big times indeed…

And to add to that excitement, I am counting down the days until SpeedPoets celebrates its 10th birthday on Sunday March 6 at InSpire Gallery Bar (71 Vulture St. West End). SpeedPoets has kicked off the year by revamping their website and the first person to step on to the virtual stage is one of the 10th birthday features, our lovely lady from 4ZzZ’s Waxing Lyrical, Fern Thompsett. Head on over and check out our interview and read her poem Sunset on the Back Steps.

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