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In the Red Chamber

Just back from a cracking reading held in the gorgeous Red Chamber of Old Parliament House.

The evening opened with a reading from Ross Clark, who read a great new poem, The Death of Jazz (one to keep your eye out for). Next up were Emily XYZ & Myers Bartlett who totally nailed their set, opening with bill of rights: prologue, the whole room reverberating as they echoed, ‘You are called upon to deliberate those things which are essential to liberty.’ Never has a poem seemed so at home… every politician needs to hear this poem! They then went straight into the second part of the poem, Separation of Church and State. So good! Here’s a clip of them performing it at Cornelia St Cafe in 2008.

And to close the night, John Tranter gave us a selection of poems from his soon to be released collection, Starlight: 150 poems. His reimaginings of Charles Baudelaire’s poems from Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil) were a real highlight. I totally recommend checking out the selection Tranter has published on his website: Starlight Selection. His reading of Paradise was particularly mesmerising. Can’t wait to get my hands on this collection.

And now, it’s time for dreaming…

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The final rehearsal

We had our final rehearsal today before next Saturday’s big QLD Poetry Festival performance… and it was rocking! The addition of drums, bass and keys has taken taken the performance to a whole new level; the musicality of the poems magnified, giving them a song-like quality. Add the visual narrative provided by Cindy Keong’s photography on a big screen at The Judith Wright Centre and this performance is without doubt, the most exciting project I have been a part of. Roll on QPF…

With the mention of drums above, I thought I would post this pic of me sitting in with Sheish Money & Namedropper last Friday night at The Step Inn. I think the look on my face says it all…  What’s more, it looks like I may just get the chance to do it all again at QLD Poetry Festival next weekend with Sheish & co. and Jeremy ‘The Black Rider’ Balius, who has asked Sheish and I to sit in with him at one of his QPF performances to provide some blues-infused rhythms.

Good times coming!

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Herman Munster goes Beat

Recently, I have been listening intently to Kerouac’s, ‘Blues and Haikus’. In the last fortnight I have given workshops on Blues Poems and haiku, so this recording by Kerouac (almost a synthesis of the two forms) has been a great source of inspiration and has had me dragging out a few of my old Beat recordings by the likes of Burroughs, Ginsberg & Ferlinghetti.

In my listening I stumbled across this classic snippet from The Munsters, where Herman, is called on to deliver a Beat Poem at a gathering of ‘hep cats’.

This gave me a kick! And to my surprise I found a really great write up on the poem/performance by Angela Sorby on Mike Chasar’s Poetry & Popular Culture Blog. Who would have thought, jolly-green Herman was a Beat spirit!

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QPF 2009 presents: A Tangle of Possibilities

Opening Night of QLD Poetry Festival is a must see event on the poetry calendar. Over the last 6 years, I have witnessed some of the most incredible poetry performances you could ever hope to see – the sonic experimentation of emily xyz (2006), the dishevelled elegance of Sam Hunt (2004), the gutsy riffs and gorgeous vocals of Mia Dyson (2008). Tickets for Opening Night of QPF 2009 – A Tangle of Possibilities are now on sale from the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, so make sure you get in early to book your seat.

Here’s a taste of the possibilities Opening Night of QPF 2009 offers:

 

afhAF HarroldWatch

A.F. Harrold is a poet and performer who has been puzzling audiences with his words for quite long enough. He’s an Englishman who can confuse people of all nations and all ages. he does things that are not quite normal and gets paid for it. He is a popular poet on the stage and on the page, has a number of books available which, along with more information, can be found at www.afharrold.co.uk

 


ebachinskyElizabeth BachinskyHearsay in the valley of condominiums

Elizabeth Bachinsky is the author of three collections of poetry, Curio (BookThug, 2005), Home of Sudden Service (Nightwood, 2006), and God of Missed Connections (Nightwood, 2009). Her work was nominated for the Governor General’s Award for Poetry in 2006 and the Bronwen Wallace Award in 2004 and has appeared in literary journals, anthologies, and on film in Canada, the United States, France, Ireland, England, and China. She is an instructor of creative writing at Douglas College in New Westminster where she is Poetry Editor for Event magazine.  She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

 

 

nmurrayNeil MurrayLights of Hay

Neil Murray is one of Australia’s most respected singer/songwriters and has enjoyed a solo career since 1989. He has released ten albums Calm & Crystal Clear, These Hands, Dust, The Wondering Kind, Going The Distance, About Time (a 2CD retrospective compilation) Spoken, 2Songmen – live in Darwin and the latest Overnighter. Those who have read his novel Sing for me Countryman or poetry book One Man Tribe, or listened to his spoken word CD – Spoken or seen his play King For This Place would know of his affinity for the land and respect for indigenous culture.

 

 

hbakerHinemoana BakerTaxi + live performance of the Hone Tuwhare poem Where Shall I Wander

2009 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Hinemoana Baker is a New Zealand writer, musician, producer and teacher of creative writing. Her Maori whakapapa traces from Taranaki and the Horowhenua in the North Island, down to the Otakou peninsula near Dunedin in the South Island. Her Pakeha (non-Maori) ancestors were from England and Bavaria. Hinemoana’s first poetry collection, matuhi | needle (2004), was co-published in New Zealand by Victoria University Press and in the US by Perceval Press, the publishing house of actor and artist Viggo Mortensen. Her first album, puawai, was a finalist in the New Zealand Music Awards and the title track was a finalist for the Maori language category of the prestigious APRA Silver Scroll awards. Hinemoana was one of 12 New Zealand recording artists chosen for the album and stage show Tuwhare, setting to music the words of renowned poet and laureate Hone Tuwhare.

 

Look forward to celebrating with many of you there!

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