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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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SpeedPoets, Sunday October 3: feat. Robin ‘Archie’ Archbold

Well, I am heading off for the week to walk the city from my mind… and when I return, SpeedPoets will be kicking up a storm.

Brisbane’s longest running poetry event, SpeedPoets keeps fanning the flames of poetry at InSpire Gallery Bar (71 Vulture St, West End). October will feature spoken word dynamo and multiple Slam winner, Robin ‘Archie’ Archbold. The last time I saw Archie perform was at the Goolwa Poetry Festival where he popped a button in someone’s drink. It was very special!

Here’s a clip of Archie performing at the Lismore Poetry Cup:

There will also be the regular live sounds from Sheish Money, free zines, raffles/giveaways and the hottest Poetry Open Mic Section in town. So be sure to pack a poem or two in your pocket and get yourself heard!

SpeedPoets, Sunday October 3, 2:00pm – 5:30pm, InSpire Gallery Bar – 71 Vulture St. West End

featuring:

Robin ‘Archie’ Archbold

Entry is a gold coin donation

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