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Riverbend Poetry Series, April 27 – featuring Kent MacCarter

The second Riverbend Poetry Series event for the year is just days away and it is promising to be a very special night. So if you are in the area make sure you are at Riverbend Books to enjoy a night of wild and whirling words with interstate guest Kent MacCarter (VIC), local favourites Tim Collins and Nathan Shepherdson and the launch of Brisbane’s favourite lit-mag Small Packages (vol. 11). The event is proudly presented by QLD Poetry Festival, QLD Writers Centre and Riverbend Books.

Tickets for the event are now available:

Date: Tuesday 27 April
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/Events/EventDetails.aspx?ID=2242

Here’s a taste of what to expect from our interstate guest, Kent MacCarter:

A native of the US, Kent MacCarter’s adopted home is now Melbourne. Graduating from Melbourne University with a Masters in English Creative Writing in 2006 completed an arc that started with degrees and an early career in Financial Accounting. Having published for some years in Australian and international journals and papers, in 2009 he published In the Hungry Middle of Here, his first book.

 

The Precipice that is Treskavec Monastery

1. 

Outskirts of drizzle
                           comb apart radio
calls squelched out by tyre track ruts
wending up the glacial expression
held taut by Mt. Zlato
a taxi from Prilep donates me
on to. This profile. Unpacking

A scramble, I chart points from the geological chin
this mountain sports
and fix my silty ascent
                                             through a moustache of pine
                                             to the far-above cornice
where psalms of Russian-built Nivas
slalom between frescoes and goats. When down-
shifting from first to Cyrillic
               the orthodox monks
               grind their 4×4 hearts out
atop this perilous sentence
of steep road read aloud
by my feet

2.

Part-way up on an outcrop
                I recline into minerals
                Water. Rest. A topsoil address
My inadvertent bisection of paths
                A duo of government
surveyors looming geologically still
in a strenuous waiting-about
for lunchbreak to start
                                             A linguistic wrangle
centres on weather, drills free how I’m from, exploration
on where I’m appearing in fields
way-out in this Macedonian woop-woop
and how. They professionally fidget 
                                triangular stances
their instruments plead and gazette
my upward direction
topo maps to be drawn.
                            Pointing down to the shoulder
of Earth effectively grappled
we marvel through olives. Our communion
of Boolean syntax. Transgression
This computer-aided-design

 

You can read more of Kent’s work here:

http://www.landscapeandlanguagecentre.au.com/hydrobotanica/Hydrobotanica_MacCarter_Editorial%20Requirement%20for%20Duck%20Joy.pdf

http://www.foame.org/Issue7/poems/maccarter.html

And here are two links to reviews of the In The Hungry Middle Of Here:

http://www.cordite.org.au/reviews/emmett-stinson-reviews-kent-maccarter/

http://www.rrr.org.au/whats-going-on/reviews/in-the-hungry-middle-of-here-by-kent-mac-carter/

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Riverbend Books Feature Poet #3 – Pam Schindler

Pam Schindler is a Brisbane poet who has also lived in Hobart.  In the past few years, her work has appeared in various magazines, including Blue Dog, Island, and Meanjin.  In 2009, she began to present her work in readings.  She is also a bushwalker and a university reference librarian, and is working on a first book of poems.

 

 

Striped Marsh Frogs
            by Pam Schindler

 
the first stars
after so much rain
and the frogs are going off like popcorn

each note
a fingernail flicked on a paper drum
they tap the patter
of rain arriving

my garden’s energetic
invisible typists –
if I come close
they know me for a sort of wading bird
and fall silent

then cautiously begin
again their transcription,
their morse-coded words,
tapping the glad rambling
letters of the rain

 

More of Pam’s work can be found online at:

“In Paperbark Country” in foam:e http://bit.ly/braXSp

and

“Brisbane Nightfall” in Stylus: http://bit.ly/ba8L41 

 

Poetry on the Riverbend Books deck

Queensland Poetry Festival, QLD Writers Centre & Riverbend Books are proud to present the first Poetry on the Deck event for 2010. Join us on the Riverbend deck as we showcase an exciting mix of local poets to kick start the year. Our first event will feature the seductive and award winning words of Bronwyn Lea (The Other Way Out, Giramondo Press) reading along side debut author, Jonathan Hadwen (Night Swim, Brisbane New Voices vol. 1), Pam Schindler and recent finalist in the QLD Poetry Slam, Betsy Turcot. And as the event falls on the 189th anniversary of John Keats’ death, there will also be a special reading of some of his best known works.

Date: Tuesday 23 February
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/Events/EventDetails.aspx?ID=2237

These events are always hugely popular, so book early to avoid disappointment!

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QPF Spotlight #16 – Ten QPF Poets

Just four more sleeps and I will be in poetry heaven… yes QPF 2009 is just around the corner. There are still some tickets left for Friday night’s, ‘A Tangle of Possibilities’ concert so make sure you get your seat booked asap. You can do that online here, or call The Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts Box Office on (07) 3872 9000 between 12pm and 4pm.

And to help fill your next few days with poetry, I have put together a sampler from ten of the poets featuring at QPF this weekend. Hope this gets your poetry gland salivating.

See you at the festival!

 

The Violence of Work by Geoff Goodfellow

Ruminations, Allegro & The Swoop by Geoff Page

These are Wobbly Days by Anna Krien

Cheap Red Wine & Why I Write? by Bronwyn Lea

38 ways to stain a memory by Nathan Shepherdson

Death and the Maiden by Jeffrey Harpeng

And this is just the morning, glass to sea-junk: a sacrifice & How do you do, Tuatara? by Zenobia Frost

Getting off the Round-About by Janice Bostok

Of a Place by Elizabeth Bachinsky

One by Hinemoana Baker

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Guided by Poets – Queensland

Here is the second thread in the Guided by Poets series. This thread started in Queensland and gradually wound its way south. Each poem speaking to the next, contibuting to the ongoing poetic dialogue.

 

i called the number

handsomely written on my forearm

in true black nikko

and gave my credit card details

to her anonymous voice

 

and three days later

my left hand was returned

in the mail

 

 

nshepherdson

Nathan Shepherdson is the son of painter Gordon Shepherdson. He was the winner of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize in 2004 and 2006. In 2005 he received the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Award for an unpublished manuscript. As a consequence of that award, his first book, Sweeping the Light Back into the Mirror was published by the University of Queensland Press. At the 2006 Queensland Poetry Festival he was the recipient of the Val Vallis Award and in the same year was awarded the Newcastle Poetry Prize. His recent collection, what marian drew never told me about light was released in 2008 by Small Change Press.

 

 

 
Come on then my pretties
with heads or tails down at the bar
let’s drink to a strange kind of paradise
coz it’s double or free
and the bar always wins
Oh! I’m wearing my head of hard mud
and fallen in the river after insane nights
Oh! I’ll drown before the mud softens
for there’s never enough love with you
no there’s never enough love with you

 

 

gardner-angela-2008

Angela Gardner won the 2006 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize and 2004 Bauhinia/Idiom 23 Prize. Her first book Parts of Speech was published by University of Queensland Press in 2007. She is founding editor of the poetry journal www.foame.org and a practicing visual artist with work in public collections. In 2008 she travelled to the USA and UK on a Churchill Fellowship to investigate small press poetry/printmaking collaborations. In 2009 she will take up a residency in Ireland supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

 

 

 

 

 when i’m not drinking australian wine

                     ‘i like the way she
breaks her                  (her) lines’           the way the
music introducing no repeats for house                     (the tv
with cello sounds)     like     like how the mind can conjure
          i like the way curtis teases how curtis makes me roll     roll
how          blogpost armantrout
          her third     way i          i like the way she takes her time
(is it the bach?what number?what conductor?)     the glass     late like

 

 

louise-waller

Louise Waller is an Australian poet from Yeppoon in Queensland.  She devises work for theatre and writes poetry.  Her first collection Slipway is published in Swelter (IP2003) and (IP Digital 2004).  She has received national awards and grants for her poetry and work in theatre.  Recent poetry from her developing collection Aftershocks appears in Blue Dog:Australian Poetry and papertiger #04. Her latest collection is holding Job’s hand published by light-trap press in 2008. http://lou-waves.blogspot.com/ 

 

 

 

observational number i forget

fear of necking fear of basalt optimistic
about all white cliffs of dover ambivalent though
at rampant prolixity / achromatopsia / idiocy
magniloquent when fusing systems of
thought to suit this apparent
rectitude  

internationally registered mail from
turvey park p.o. after 4pm / wet clothes
& whatever xeransis / cheese is lunch /
this to type as if an act after
unintended celibacy   

a steady vein-cut dotting the patina 

         i’m stable while everyone
twitters about turning into angelina jolie

 

 

derek-motion1

Derek Motion is a poet, a writer of fictions, a PhD student at Charles Sturt University, and Director of the Booranga Writers’ Centre. He also occasionaly writes reviews for *Famous Reporter*. http://www.typingspace.wordpress.com/

 

 

 

Escape (third confession)

this is where we spat into the sea
this is how we clapped for snakes
what I meant when I said north for starters
he tried hiding beneath kelp with bait 

naming the winds we spoke of sealers
who fuck their eel skin bags
never of cannibals who starve until
they see the house they are most afraid of 

he swore he could steal us a firestick
but his balls shrank to a purse inside him
he pissed on his feet to warm them up
then his chalky feet grew cold  

and frogs that roared as loud as cattle
he asked me how to suck his teeth
I felt my head for monstrous signs
each glance a thieving octopus  

all the time swearing on the book of Job
all the time with one eye open
until he seemed to me a lake of milk
I chewed his ears like apricots

 

 

nathan_curnow

Nathan Curnow’s first collection of poetry is No Other Life But This (Five Islands Press).  Funded by the Australia Council he has written a new collection of ‘ghost poetry’ based upon his stays at ten ‘haunted’ sites around the country (forthcoming with Puncher&Wattmann in 2009).  With further assistance from the Australia Council he is currently writing a new play based around convict stories and escape myths.   www.ncurnow.blogspot.com

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