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SpeedPoets Feature Poem #4 – Karlo Mila

I haven’t posted a poem from the vast SpeedPoets archives for some time now, but I am currently looking for poems for the June and July issues, so thought the time was right.

If you have any poems that will light up the page (shorter pieces up to 25lines preferred), please email them in the body of your email titled SpeedPoets Submission, to geenunn(at)yahoo.com.au. You can send up to 3 poems per submission. To give you an idea of the type of poem that graces the pages of SpeedPoets, here’s a poem that featured in the September 2007 issue by Karlo Mila.

 

Brunswick Street
          (For Graham, Jules and Rowan)

Brisbane
your elbows like a
bit of biffo
tigers, dragons whirling
on white skin
 
here
broken green glass
on footpath
makes its way
to a necklace
in shop-window
in one smashing
second
 
the guys go from
hey gorgeous
to fuck off then bitch
in one rowdy
back-turned
moment
 
Brisbane
you met my eyes
everywhere
I went
 
I ate my way
across feta footpaths
skidding on passionfruit
pips, oh the unctuous
Greek yogurt feeling up
the strawberries
 
I’ll be seeing you again
 
with your wet river
eyes and arid mouth
 
haiku flicking in the neon
 
cheers mate
 
and a drink to those
slim volumes of
open handed people
wringing poetry
from your
stone
dry
streets

© Karlo Mila

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SpeedPoets Feature Poem #1 – Brooke Linford

This is the first of what will become a weekly post, featuring a selection of the poems from SpeedPoets Zines past, present and future. First up is a poem by Melbourne based poet, Brooke Linford, which will appear in the April 2010 issue of SpeedPoets. If you are keen to submit work to the Zine, please send me up to 3 poems in the body of an email to geenunn(at)yahoo.com.au.

NB: As SpeedPoets is a not for profit organisation and the Zine is distributed free at the monthly event, I do ask that interstate and international contributors who would like to receive a copy of the Zine send me stamps or well concealed cash to cover the cost of postage.

And remember, SpeedPoets returns for 2010, with a new home! That’s right, they have packed up eight brilliant years of gigs in Belushi’s, The Royal George and The Alibi Room and are heading over to West End to call InSpire Gallery Bar (71 Vulture St, West End) their new home. To kick things off, the first event will host the official launch of the Brisbane New Voices chapbook, featuring micro-collections by Jonathan Hadwen (Night Swim) and Fiona Privitera (Peep Show). And as always there will be live sounds from the SpeedPoets engine room of Sheish Money, raffles/giveaways and the SpeedPoets Open Mic section. So come along and help us celebrate the start of our 9th year and and our 4th home… we want you there to set your words on fire! Doors open at 2pm – along with sign up for the Open Mic section.

SpeedPoets, Sunday March 7, 2:00pm – 5:00pm, InSpire Gallery Bar – 71 Vulture St. West End. Entry is a gold coin donation

 

 

The Bakery
          by Brooke Linford

In the corner the girl
hums for her soup
like she wants nothing else at all

I’m going home
to a family dinner
in a bad bra
dodging fire-season trees
painted orange

I’m going home
pocketing my entitlements
wiping off their DNA

I’m a dark head in a bakery window
whoring for pastries

this force of ego
showing more teeth than I usually would.

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