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page seventeen poetry competition

There are some fine poetry opportunities on the horizon and the 2010 page seventeen poetry competition is one of them. I have been asked to judge this year’s competition, so in preparation I revisited the winning poems from 2009 (judged by Nathan Curnow) and have posted my thoughts about the winning poems as part of my guest blog – ‘Donning the page seventeen jersey’ – over at the new page seventeen site. Entry forms and other details about the competition are also available for download, as are the general submission guidelines, so head on over and check it out… last years winners, Black Swans by Chloe Wilson and Botanic by Ashley Capes have set the bar high!


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Another Great SpeedPoets Event

SpeedPoets has come and gone again for the month and as always there were many highlights.


Marisa Allen (Bremen Town Musician) in spoken word mode

Marisa Allen (Bremen Town Musician) in spoken word mode


The melodic chaos of Bremen Town Musician filled the room as she tore through a fiery set of songs from her latest album ‘No One Is Holding A Gun To Your Head – Songs to Run to’ and her spoken word set was also something to behold as she writhed, whispered and chanted the poems from her collection ‘Fire in the Head’ to life.


Robert Bos with an ever watchful Elvis in the background

Robert Bos with an ever watchful Elvis in the background


Robert Bos, winner of the 2008 Ipswich Poetry Feast Mentorship prize stepped up to the mic for his debut feature set, the highlight for mine, his poem, Undambi Country.

A huge thank you must be extended to page seventeen magazine for donating copies of their magazine to us for giveaways and of course for offering to publish one lucky Open Mic’er from the June event.

So after listening in to almost forty poems, I decided the only way to pick one poem was to think back over the event and see if there was a poem that had stayed with me, a poem that had put its hooks in and left its lines circling my brain. And there was one…

That poem was ‘afternoon commute’ by Jonathon Hadwen. Here’s a few lines …


afternoon commute

the train crunches over suicides,
there is a boy near the carriage door,
he might fall out,
he has an agreement with his girlfriend,
that they can kiss other people,
but nothing more,


To read the whole poem you will have to get your hands on a copy of page seventeen magazine when it comes out later this year. And if you have not already submitted a poem or three, then check out their website as submissions close on June 30.

Next month, SpeedPoets fires up with a feature set from 2009 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Hinemoana Baker (New Zealand) and much, much more … Stay tuned!


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Listen Up!

For all you good folk in Brisbane, don’t forget the mighty SpeedPoets rolls back into The Alibi Room tomorrow afternoon (Sunday June 7) from 2pm, with its regular Open Mic madness, feature sets from Bremen Town Musician, Marisa Allen and Robert Bos as well as the opportunity for one lucky Open Mic Reader to have their work published in page seventeen magazine… yep, for June only, SpeedPoets have teamed up with page seventeen to select a poem to be published as part of page seventeen’s quest to feature new voices and those extraordinary voices that work on both the page and stage. So tuck two poems in your pocket and come along… there are free zines for the first 40 people as well as raffle prizes and give aways of page seventeen magazine on the day.

And to get you in the mood, here’s a poem from Yusef Komunyaaka (and luckily if one poem just ain’t enough from Yusef on this fine Saturday, there are plenty more there for your reading/listening pleasure). This one really hit me… Blue Light Lounge Sutra For The Performance Poets At Harold Park Hotel


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