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clouds in another’s blood

SpeedPoets this Saturday (May 5) is shaping up to be one hell of a gig, with a feature set from one of its founding members, Rowan Donovan and a premiere reading by Nathan Shepherdson of his latest work, clouds in another’s blood.

clouds in another’s blood is published in a limited edition of 50 hand bound, concertina fold, artist books by local publisher, light-trap press and is a collaboration between Nathan and print maker, Julie Barratt. Nathan’s work has won many, many awards and I for one am incredibly excited about getting my hands on a copy of this new collection. Here’s a few words and images from the book to give you all a first taste…

and the ground

that is responsible

for this distance

is unable to remember trees

is held

under the clean pressure of snow

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Sex Times at SpeedPoets

This Sunday, November 6, is the last chance to get along to SpeedPoets before the long days of Summer set in.

It’s been a sparkling 10th year, with features from touring artists such as Matt Hetherington, James Waller and Santo Cazzati (Melbourne); local musicians including Baron Field, Primitive Motion, Ichabod’s Crane and Mardi Lumsden and some of our favourite local poets: Fern Thompsett, Phillip Ellis, Nathan Shepherdson, Rachael Briggs, Michelle Dicinoski and Carmen Keates.

And the final line-up for the year is another 3-way feature act that is bound to POP!

SpeedPoets regulars, Andrew Phillips and Michael Cohen will perform their debut feature sets alongside Brisbane art-rock fetishists, The Stress of Leisure, who will have their spanking new single, Sex Times available for the first time in 7″vinyl. So if you want to get sexy, SpeedPoets is the place to be!

And don’t forget to pack a poem in your pocket so that you can make your voice heard in Brisbane’s hottest Open Mic.

All the action kicks off at Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City – click here for a map) at 2pm and runs until 5pm. Entry is a gold coin donation and the monthly SpeedPoets Zine is free as a 2yr old in a shopping centre!

To get you in the mood, here’s a couple of clips of The Stress of Leisure teamed up with two of Brisbane’s finest poets, David Stavanger & Nathan Shepherdson. Get your dancing shoes on!

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SpeedPoets gets Primitive

Sundays are for celebrating and today I am shining my shoes in anticipation, as at 2pm Brisbane legends, primitive motion will be dropping their casiotone grooves on the SpeedPoets audience. Described as playing, ‘disposable snippets of flayed cosmology’, primitive motion, rumble and shake in the coolest possible way and to take things into the realm of ‘the ridiculously good’, Nathan Shepherdson will be joining Leighton Craig & Sandra Selig on stage, for a one-off collaborative live jam.

If you are not familiar with Nathan’s work, here’s a snippet of his brilliance:

↓     the venom prays to its simplicity as it kills you
    sets clouds loose under your softening fingernails
    producing the type of smile drawn on a tree with a knife
    you have more than one enemy
    and i am more than one of them

read the full poem – words coat the object – in issue #7 of foam:e

And here’s a little primitive motion to get your Sunday moving:

And if that’s not enough, winner of this year’s Val Vallis Award for an Unpublished Poem, Rachael Briggs, will also be hitting the mic for her first Brisbane feature set.

So come on down, bring a poem for the Open Mic… get primitive!

SpeedPoets – 2pm to 5pm – Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City) – Entry is gold coin donation

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SpeedPoets fires up this Sunday

First Sunday of the month means SpeedPoets. Over the past 10 years its become one of this life’s special rituals; a well-lit beacon to light the way through the particularly long weeks (you know the ones) and keep the creative spark smouldering.

This Sunday marks the second gig at Brew. The first one was a standout and with features from Phillip Ellis and Mardi Lumsden on offer this month, I am certain Sunday will be a gig to remember. Of course it is you who gives the gig it’s real kick… you, the one who gets up in the open mic and delivers a moment of stillness or madness or revelation. So if you are in town or anywhere in the vicinity, pack a poem in your pocket and come along… we’ll be listening.

SpeedPoets runs from 2pm – 5pm at Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City. Here’s the link to a map of where to find it. Entry is a gold coin donation.

And as always, the monthly zine will be available, free-of-charge to the first 40 people through the door. Here’s a couple of poems from the issue:

the pigeons are so fat
 
here in the city and spring is colder,
swooping in and out
of giant, glass corridors
and terrorising vendors
who steam on the footpath,
scarves nearly covering their words.
 
I shuffle into a bookstore
and out again,
clutching a brown paper bag
and crossing to the station,
glancing back at the crowd
to watch as they swell
and shatter on the steps
 
I stop long enough to watch them mutate
into a montage of faces
made lonely by the flat light
and the murmur of distant wheels,
doggedly moving on and into
the steel cocoons that
drive them home.
 
© Ashley Capes

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2 x 3 = 7
after Graham Nunn
A rain gauge
reads aloud foreclosure
notice again
and backwards

filling boredom

Recycling trucks
into garden bed
the sleepers’ creosote
a speed limit

onions sleep at

In weeds
resuscitated lawnmowers
massage a bus stop
tense children

cut introductions from

Slavic accents
pass my geometry
exams I broke
down in, once

like a car

Cocktail glass
organises bubbles
in court houses
unions order law

and fizz out
Tasting its ego
maths hold
the Eiffel Tower
less than vertigo
in genealogy

© Kent MacCarter

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SpeedPoets Open Mic Championship this Sunday

While Brisbane is in the midst of festival fever, SpeedPoets keeps things hot, hosting its annual Open Mic Championships at InSpire Gallery Bar (71 Vulture St, West End) this Sunday September 5. And to make the afternoon extra special, there are three interstate feature acts, that you don’t want to miss!

Fresh from her appearance at QLD Poetry Festival, Tiggy Johnson will perform a feature set alongside fellow Melbournite, Randall Stephens. And to round out the southern trio, the delightful Andy White will make a special appearance playing a set of songs and poems; his first performance in Brisbane in more than 2 years. Here’s a quick taste of Andy’s work:

There will also be the regular live sounds from Sheish Money, free zines, raffles/giveaways and much, much more!

The Open Mic Championship Rules are:

1.  Sign on for the SpeedPoets Open Mic Competition will commence at 2pm and cease at 2:30pm

2. Each poet will be given 3mins to perform/read one poem (without musical accompaniment or props).

3. Each poem read must be the original work of the poet.

4. Two judges will be selected to choose a shortlist of at least 5 poets for the second round

5. Poets selected for the second will be given another 3mins to perform a second poem. This poem cannot be the poem they performed in the first round and again, must be their own original work.

6. A winner and runner up will be selected by the judges from the second round performances.

7. The winner will receive $100 and the runner up $50, with a range of book prizes to be presented to commended performances.

(NB. Judges decisions on the day will be final and no further corresspondence will be entered into)

 
So start fine tuning your poems and your performance! Doors open at 2pm – along with sign up for the Open Mic Competition.

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

featuring:

Tiggy Johnson, Randall Stephens & Andy White

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2010 SpeedPoets Open Mic Competition

Entry is a gold coin donation

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SpeedPoets feat. Emily XYZ

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

 featuring: 

Emily XYZ (USA)

 Entry is a gold coin donation

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Review of the April SpeedPoets gig

Benjamin Sawon who was one of the featured poets at last Sunday’s SpeedPoets gig has posted a review of the gig on his blog – A Load of Blog.

So head over and check it out and don’t forget that next month – Sunday May 2, will again boast two feature acts:

Creator of the legendary ‘gingatao narrative’, Paul Squires and to celebrate the release of their much anticipated debut album, Sheish Money and members of Namedropper, will also be playing an extended feature set, so lock the date in your diary and don’t forget to pack your poems… The Open Mic Wants You!

SpeedPoets, 2pm Sunday May 2 @ InSpire Gallery Bar
71 Vulture St West End

featuring:
Paul Squires + Sheish Money & Namedropper

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