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SpeedPoets Call-Back-Poet #2: Chloe Callistemon

Tonight it is my pleasure to introduce, Chloë Callistemon.  Chloë was ‘Called-Back’ in August by the 2012 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, a.rawlings after she delivered an assured reading of her poem, Monstera. She has been a SpeedPoets regular for the past couple of years, so it will be good to hear her stretch out and perform a set at the November gig on. Here’s a burst of Chloë’s words to make your night sing.


a child
is built with a house
as red earth is levelled
heart beats
with the squeeze
of earth pressed into bricks
against concrete-hardened
calloused hands
as walls rise to rooms
until spring breaks
in a swarm of fireflies
as the house pauses
to watch a comet

into the world
into the bones of a house
to the sound
of mattocks on stone
in sawdust
filling the cracks
up slate steps
to blinding sky
into wet concrete
each foot and hand and knee
pressing this earth
a home


Chloë Callistemon can be found more often behind a camera than a mic but occasionally puts away her lenses and pulls words instead. Her writing can be found in odd corners and folds and she is quite chuffed to be amongst some wonderful poets part of a project genuinely trying to do something — Harry Owen’s upcoming anthology For Rhino in a Shrinking World. Follow the project or help at: http://rhinoanthology.wordpress.com/


2012 SpeedPoets Open Mic Championships

Date: Sunday November 4
Location: Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City)
Time: 2:30pm – 5pm
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
More details at www.speedpoets.com



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