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Between Thistles: Variation #4 by John Wainwright

After Chloe’s exploration of humour in variation #3, John has countered with an exploration of  the darker moments the poem conjured. While the first half of the poem is similar to the original, the second half breaks new ground and shifts the tome of the poem dramatically. And as John so aptly pointed out in his email to me, ‘Andy’s three word verse (link #10) is a statement covering a decade and the full spectrum of Australian politics’.

So much to enjoy here…

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Between Thistles: A New Junicho
Started: 12 April 2013 – Finished: 30 April 2013
Written between: Ashley Capes, Chloë Callistemon, Cindy Keong, Chris Lynch, John Wainwright, Andrew Phillips, Rachael Briggs, Andy Smerdon, Lee-Anne Davie, Trish Reid

Link #1 (3 lines) – hokku / shasei

between thistles
the crane’s
Egyptian walk

(Ashley Capes)

Link #2 (2 lines) – waki / cultural (literature)

she hushes the bundle
in a river basket

(Andrew Phillips)

Link #3 (3 lines) – daisan / cultural (film)

fan rotors beat
The End
to the smell of napalm

(Chloe Callistemon)

Link #4 (2 lines) – verse / shasei

recycling at 2:30am
moonlight on bitumen

(Chris Lynch)

Link #5 (3 lines) – verse / shasei

moth seeks out
only dark spaces
tired I turn off the light

(Trish Reid)

Link #6 (2 lines) – verse / cultural (art)

Caravaggio fades in from black
is that a pallet knife?

(John Wainwright)

Link #7 (3 lines) – verse / cultural (religion)

he makes the sign
with crossed fingers
crucifix

(Lee-Anne Davie)

Link #8 (2 lines) – verse / gendai

remorse-
a bouquet of verbs

(Cindy Keong)

Link #9 (3 lines) – verse / gendai

floods and locusts
here come the horsemen
swine flew

(Rachael Briggs)

Link #10 (2 lines) – verse / cultural (politics)

overboard
opportunity drifts

(Andy Smerdon)

Link #11 (3 lines) – verse / cultural (music)

bind your soul
to the beast that waits
at the crossroads

(Andy Smerdon)

Link #12 (2 lines) – ageku / shasei

in rifle sight
my enemy’s eyes

(Chris Lynch)

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Between Thistles: Variation #3 by Chloë Callistemon

Between Thistles has grown into something much more than the sum of its and continues to be one of the most exciting writing projects I have been involved with. This variation has been curated by Chloë Callistemon. Chloe’s variation is an experiment in tone; it explores the sense of playfulness and humour that bubbled beneath the surface of the poem.

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Between Thistles: A New Junicho
Started: 12 April 2013 – Finished: 30 April 2013
Written between: Ashley Capes, Chloë Callistemon, Cindy Keong, Chris Lynch, John Wainwright, Andrew Phillips and Rachael Briggs

 

between thistles
the crane’s
Egyptian walk

(Ashley Capes)

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Out! Damn dog
brought the bloody river home!

(John Wainwright)

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Gambon with a fork
of Mirren’s lover
light spools a feast

(Chloë Callistemon)

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recycling at 2:30am
moonlight on bitumen

(Chris Lynch)

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sleepless night
tossing and turning
the same thought

(Cindy Keong)

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bad Saturn! put it down!
Goya should paint a bell on him

(Rachael Briggs)

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the dog tears up
the holy book
without reading it

(Andrew Phillips)

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the tollway flickers
another promise

(Ashley Capes)

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futuristic finches
genetically modified
themselves

(Rachael Briggs)

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Mr Rabbit, the Red Queen,
or Mad Katter’s tea party

(John Wainwright)

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snort awake
to the boom
of Beethoven’s cannon

(Chloë Callistemon)

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Wee Jock leaves his mark
down by the bulrushes

(John Wainwright)

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Between Thistles: Variation #1 by Chris Lynch

When Between Thistles came to an end, I invited each of the participating poets to revisit the poems on offer (all 100+ suggested links) with a view to curating their own version. My aim was for this to show the depth of writing on offer and to explore the many roads this poem left unexplored. Chris Lynch has risen to the challenge, so here is his variation on the New Junicho, Between Thistles.

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Between Thistles: A New Junicho
Started: 12 April 2013 – Finished: 30 April 2013
Written between: Ashley Capes, Andrew Phillips, Chloë Callistemon, Phillip Ellis, Cindy Keong, Rachael Briggs, Chris Lynch, Dhyan, Trish Reid, and Andy Smerdon

Link #1 (3 lines) – hokku / shasei

between thistles
the crane’s
Egyptian walk

(Ashley Capes)

*

Link #2 (2 lines) – waki / cultural (literature)

she hushes the bundle
in a river basket

(Andrew Phillips)

*

Link #3 (3 lines) – daisan / cultural (film)

fan rotors beat
The End
to the smell of napalm

(Chloë Callistemon)

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Link #4 (2 lines) – verse / shasei

summer showers
fan the Gold Coast

(Phillip Ellis)

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Link #5 (3 lines) – verse / shasei

possums on the roof
a sudden clap
of thunder

(Cindy Keong)

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Link #6 (2 lines) – verse / cultural (art)

bad Saturn! put it down!
Goya should paint a bell on him

(Rachael Briggs)

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Link #7 (3 lines) – verse / cultural (religion)

meditating
the old jizo ignores
his red beanie

(Chris Lynch)

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Link #8 (2 lines) – verse / gendai

damn!
nothing happens.

(Dhyan)

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Link #9 (3 lines) – verse / gendai

she misses his cheek
mouth wanders
off

(Trish Reid)

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Link #10 (2 lines) – verse / cultural (politics)

a new man rises
such rough beast

(Phillip Ellis)

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Link #11 (3 lines) – verse / cultural (music)

to have been
two hands clapping
with Freddie

(Chloë Callistemon)

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Link #12 (2 lines) – ageku / shasei

beneath bare feet
mud squelches

(Andy Smerdon)

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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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