Just back from a cracking reading held in the gorgeous Red Chamber of Old Parliament House.
The evening opened with a reading from Ross Clark, who read a great new poem, The Death of Jazz (one to keep your eye out for). Next up were Emily XYZ & Myers Bartlett who totally nailed their set, opening with bill of rights: prologue, the whole room reverberating as they echoed, ‘You are called upon to deliberate those things which are essential to liberty.’ Never has a poem seemed so at home… every politician needs to hear this poem! They then went straight into the second part of the poem, Separation of Church and State. So good! Here’s a clip of them performing it at Cornelia St Cafe in 2008.
And to close the night, John Tranter gave us a selection of poems from his soon to be released collection, Starlight: 150 poems. His reimaginings of Charles Baudelaire’s poems from Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) were a real highlight. I totally recommend checking out the selection Tranter has published on his website: Starlight Selection. His reading of Paradise was particularly mesmerising. Can’t wait to get my hands on this collection.
And now, it’s time for dreaming…
SpeedPoets rolls back into InSpire Gallery Bar (71 Vulture St West End), this Sunday July 4 with a feature set from the 2010 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Emily XYZ.
This will be the first chance for audiences to experience XYZ’s unique brand of spoken word during her 2010 residency in Brisbane. I had the pleasure of recently publishing Tiger Stadium in issue #37 of Stylus Poetry Journal, so if you have not yet checked it out, it is well worth the read. And to give you a taste of what’s to come, here’s a couple of links to Emily XYZ and Myers Bartlett performing The Bill of Rights and Separation of Church and State. Myers will be joining Emily for her performances at QPF 2010.
There will also be free Zines, raffles/giveaways, live sounds from Brisbane’s guitar slinging poet, Sheish Money and let’s not forget, the legendary SpeedPoets Open Mic section.
Doors open at 2pm – along with sign up for the Open Mic section.
SpeedPoets, Sunday July 4, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, InSpire Gallery Bar – 71 Vulture St. West End
Emily XYZ (USA)
Entry is a gold coin donation
Internationally-renowned two-voice poet and performance artist, Emily XYZ has been selected as the 2010 Poet-in-Residence.
Hailing from New York, the provocateur commences her residency on 1 July and will embark on a three-month program involving regional tours, one-on-one workshops with Queensland poets and writers, and will culminate in appearances with her performance partner Myers Bartlett at the 14th Queensland Poetry Festival.
For more information and a schedule of events, visit: http://qwc.asn.au/ProgramsProjects/Projects/ArtsQueenslandPoetinResidence.aspx
If you have never witnessed the magic of Emily XYZ & Myers Bartlett, here’s a couple of clips you should most definitely check out on Youtube.
Emily XYZ & Myers Bartlett perform Slot Machine & Frank Sinatra
Emily and Myers blew minds when they were last here in 2006 and I am sure that this residency is going to see some amazing art created.