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A Million Bright Things – feat. Zenobia Frost

Here’s another dazzling local, featured on the soon to be launched CD – A Million Bright Things… ladies and gentlemen, Zenobia Frost!

Zenobia Frost writes poetry in cemeteries, articles at a desk in a backyard rainforest, and to-do lists on receipts, bits of paper, the back of her hand, and flatmates’ spare bits of skin. She writes, edits, and types for a living, and occasionally orchestrates cabaret events that are really an excuse to drink tea. Her work has appeared in Stylus, Mascara, Small Packages, Burdock (USA), Rave Magazine, Famous Reporter, and Voiceworks, and she has performed at the Queensland Poetry Festival, Tasmianian Poetry Festival, and around Australia with the Queensland Touring Poets Program. Her debut collection, The Voyage, was published by SweetWater Press in 2009.

Zenobia’s poem, Bathing with Gaiman is one of the sixteen poems featured on A Million Bright Things.

 

Bathing with Gaiman

Before reading in the bath,
I ease the book’s
jacket off. I

test
the steaming water with one toe
and shuffle off my own dust cover
to step
and slide
in and under,

holding the book above my head
like an umbrella. Then, spread
with my arms leaning on my legs,
I read, turning the pages

with the tip
of my tongue.

Later, while I scrub
idly
or shave my legs
with my right hand,

I realise I’ve gone
cover to cover (or nearly).

The fingers of my left arm sulk
and strain, and I must
balance the book on my head
to flex the lameness out (and again

till feeling returns).
Then I swap hands and finish
my story and scrubbing,

to step out clean and complete,
steeped in someone else’s
glistening words.

 

Zenobia will feature at the launch of A Million Bright Things at Riverbend Books on Tuesday June 22. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Tickets are $10 and include a glass of wine and sushi nibbles. To book tickets call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at www.riverbendbooks.com.au

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A Million Bright Things – feat. Geoff Goodfellow

My second feature from the forthcoming CD – A Million Bright Things – is South Australian poet, Geoff Goodfellow.

Geoff Goodfellow is as tender as he is tough . . . as hard as he is soft. He is a walking contradiction. Throughout his twenty year career in poetry, he has revealed a considerable capacity for listening and close observation. His first collection No Collars No Cuffs, first published in 1986, is now in its 9th printing. Eight books have followed, most running into multiple print runs. He writes with a ‘contrived simplicity’, detailing the lives of seemingly ordinary people. It is however, his poet’s eye for the micro, rather than the macro, that allows him to focus on and dramatise a single crucial moment or situational aspect, to suggest much more the extraordinary.

Geoff’s poem, Blue Sky Mornings is featured on the CD A Million Bright Things.

 

 

Blue Sky Mornings

 
I remember being five years old
& walking up & down
the white quartz driveway
of our family home in Copley St
       dragging on a Rothmans Plain
 
i was often up at 5am on those
summer mornings
       tip-toeing over the floorboards
& being careful not to let the
screen door slap as i’d creep
out to dad’s cream FX Holden
       to sneak a smoke out of
the red soft pack he’d left on
the front bench seat
 
i’d walk the driveway then —
& practise doing the drawback
       feeling dizzy at times
but somehow enjoying it
       & i might do the
Chinese drawback too —     
feeling the smoke drift up my
nostrils
       & i remember blowing
smoke rings into perfect blue
sky mornings
       looking up at the apricots
at the end of the driveway —
& sometimes hearing them fall
       & seeing white cling peaches
still setting on the tree
       & the corn already high enough
to hide a boy like me
 
but i was big enough to work
       & even then i knew
i wanted to be a working man
 
those mornings i’d listen for
the jingle of empty bottles
& the clip-clop of hooves
on our unmade street
       knowing that Lennie Sugars
the milky was coming
       & i’d butt my smoke into
the red clay soil & bolt out
to meet him
 
i’d spend the next two hours
placing pints on front verandas —
        hearing the clink of empties
from the back of the cart as the
horse worked his way towards
Lennie’s low whistle
       i remember too —
my forefinger & index finger
       greasy from the residue of
so many poorly washed empties
i’d picked up
 
but over the next fifty years & more —
       i’d pick up more than just
greasy bottles

there were sixty to eighty cigarettes
a day for fifteen years
       & over twenty half coronas
for another ten
       & lots of five paper joints
too

& i’d pick up solvents & sealants
& stains & paints & fluxes
& fluids with peculiar smells
       working through twelve hour
days on building sites in blinding sun 
with no UV protection

& yet no one can tell me with any
authority
       just how i got cancer.

(forthcoming from Waltzing with Jack Dancer)

 

A Million Bright Things will be launched at Riverbend Books on Tuesday June 22. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Tickets are $10 and include a glass of wine and sushi nibbles. To book tickets call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at www.riverbendbooks.com.au

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A Million Bright Things – feat. Adam Phillips

The launch of QLD Poetry Festival’s new CD – A Million Bright Things – at Riverbend Books next Tuesday, June 22 is shaping up to be one of the highlights of the 2010 poetry calendar. After having the pleasure of working on the CD over the past month, I am buzzing to get it out into the world. So to celebrate, I have asked a handful of the 16 poets featured on the CD if they would be happy for me to feature their poem on the blog. They all agreed, so over the next few days there will be a new poem up here to give you all a taste of what’s to come.

First poet up is Brisbane boy Adam Phillips.

Adam performed at the Queensland Poetry Festival in 2009. He has also performed at numerous functions around Brisbane and recited his poems on radio. With an eye to the natural world, Adam’s poetry calls upon his love of classic Australian bush verse to tell the stories of our time.

His poem featured on A Million Bright Things is Gem Cutter.

 

GEM CUTTER
 

Eureka blue was coming through to hover over land
A digger bends and life upends a fragment in his hand
Solid gold with worth untold once he cashed the cheques
But such a sight brought sweet delight against the sand and specks
So he bent once more to earthen floor, no fortune or no fame
This omen stays for better days just the way it came
 
And the gem cutter wouldn’t take a chip off you
He’d see your cheeks with wholesome hue
He’d see your smile that lights the day
And send you on your destined way
 
Desert red was overhead, filmy heartland daze
Lasseter went completely spent into the open maze
In his thoughts were ill reports that stifled all belief
But still he goes by track and toes towards a golden reef
A good man fell but time will tell of hopes that still remain
Beneath the ground a reef is found just the way it came
 
And the gem cutter wouldn’t take a chip off you
He’d see your mind and heart are true
He’d see your smile that lights the day
And send you on your destined way
 
Forest green has gone and been but still I can recall
The wall of trees, the island breeze that riots over all
The wattle spines and river lines that run to sea and stars
The mountain rock that holds in stock the crimson waratahs
And while you stare I’m not aware of the scientific name
I’m going and you’re glowing just the way you came
 
And the gem cutter wouldn’t take a chip off you
And I just want to hold the hip of you
See your smile that lights the day
And join you on your destined way

 

Adam Phillips will feature at the launch of A Million Bright Things at Riverbend Books on Tuesday June 22. Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Tickets are $10 and include a glass of wine and sushi nibbles. To book tickets call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at www.riverbendbooks.com.au

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Riverbend Poetry Series Event #3 – featuring Suzanne Jones

There is just under two weeks left until the final event in the Riverbend Poetry Series for 2010. The CD – A Million Bright Things – is now complete and at the printers and the launch is shaping up to be something special. The launch will feature members of the QPF Committee reading a selection of poems from the CD as well as guest performances from Zenobia Frost & Adam Phillips who feature on the CD and Rob Morris, Sheish Money & myself reprising the Vegemite Song (that’s right, this Lost Shark gets to sit behind the kit one more time!).

The CD launch alone will be worth the $10 entry fee, but we are finishing the 2010 series with a bang, launching the 2010 QPF program with readings from the QPF Committee and three of this years featured artists Ynes Sanz, Darkwing Dubs, and the enchanting Suzanne Jones.

Here’s a taste of what Suzanne Jones will bring to the Riverbend Deck:

Set against a backdrop of guitar, keyboard and original electronic soundscapes, poetess and singer songwriter Suzanne Jones weaves words via a tapestry of spoken word narratives and music. Two time finalist in the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup she has been published in the likes of Going Down Swinging, Page Seventeen, Stylus, Cordite, Black Mail Press, Cottonmouth, and Spoken in One Strange Word; she has also featured at WordFood at Woodford Folk Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival and the Australian Poetry Slam; Suzanne is a founding member and committee member of  QLD’s premier experimental spoken word collective ouTsideRs.

Suzanne recently had two poems featured in issue #37 of Stylus Poetry Journal which I am hosting so you can read a sample of her work there or visit: www.myspace.com/suzanne_jones to find out more.

Tickets for the event are still available so check out the details below:

Date: Tuesday 22 June
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=2253

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

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Riverbend Poetry Series Event #3 featuring Ynes Sanz

The final event in the Riverbend Poetry Series for 2010 is coming up and it is going to be one heck of a celebration! The event will be the launch of the 2010 QLD Poetry Festival program as well as the launch of a new CD – A Million Bright Things – featuring many of the artists from the 2009 QPF Program. And if that is not enough to get the inner poet clicking their heels, there will also be feature performances from the word-spitting, rhyme-spinning Darkwing Dubs, the soulfully elegant Suzanne Jones and the author of some mad and magnificent poems and stories, Ynes Sanz.

I will be posting a feature on each of these artists over the coming weeks, so to kick things off I would like to introduce you (or reintroduce you as it may be) to Ynes Sanz:

Ynes Sanz won the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award in 2005. Her poem ‘Taken as Required’ was short-listed for the 2010 ABR poetry prize.
 
In 2006/7 Ynes was on the QPF Committee. An experienced workshop presenter, poetry judge and editor, in 2007 she judged the Vallis with John Tranter and Luke Beesley. In 2009 she co-judged the QPF Short Film Competition with Francis Boyle.
 
Her short stories, haibun and other verse can be found online and in print. Some of her children’s poems and haiku are installed in the Children’s Rainforest Hide’n Seek Trail at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens. Publications include Lady with Weasel, SweetWater Press, 2005; Talking Poetry Blues, 2006 and Fanny the Flying Housewife & other stories: poems for mad and magnificent women, 2009.
 
Ynes is currently working on Flash Harry and other stories: poems about mad and memorable men, a companion volume to Fanny the Flying Housewife.

 

S.W.A.L.K
(Rudolph Valentino, film star)
 
dear Mr Valentino
can I call you Rudolph
I wish I could visit your marble crypt in Hollywood
and if I could I swear
I would put roses in those metal rose-holder things
but I would not wear black like the Mystery Woman
my friends think you are Some Dead Guy
they don’t know you are Forever Young
I wasn’t even born when you got sick
didn’t they have decent doctors back then
my Nanna said the moment you passed away
a light went out of women’s eyes
she says a man these days is just No-Good
and will treat a woman Like A Slave
but I read how your Mamma spoilt you bad
and you will think I’m crazy but I have to know
did you toss your underwear
in the corner like they all do
or did my Nanna make that up
and were they really made of silk
which I hope they were on account of
you deserve Only The Best and even she agrees
or maybe you wore no undershorts at all
and were A Free Spirit or whatever it was called
before it was called Commando Style
sorry if this is embarrassing
yours truly
a fan

You can read more of Ynes’ work at http://www.commonshrew.blogspot.com/  

 

And to make sure you don’t miss out on this wonderful event, full details are below:

Date: Tuesday 22 June
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 www.riverbendbooks.com.au

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

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