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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


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


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:



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



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Bright Star – keeping Keats alive

Tomorrow is the 189th anniversary of the death of John Keats, and to help commemorate the occasion, I will read from his works at the first Poetry on the Deck event at Riverbend Books alongside, some of Brisbane poetry’s Bright Stars – Bronwyn Lea, Pam Schindler, Betsy Turcot & Jonathan Hadwen.

One of the poems I will read tomorrow night is the epically beautiful, Bright Star! would I were steadfast as thou art. When Ben Whishaw recited this to Fanny in Jane Campion’s recent film, it was enough to send a shiver down the spine of this Lost Shark. The film is a glorious portrayal of Keats and Fanny Brawne’s relationship and their individual relationships with Charles Brown; so visually stunning, one viewing was not enough.

If you have not yet discovered Bright Star, here is a trailer and for those of you who cannot make it along tomorrow night, here is another of the poems – To Sleep – I will read.

Dead at 25, but still as vibrant as ever… it is a great rush of life that Campion’s film brings to the words of John Keats.

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