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On the road with Peter Bakowski

Eternal traveller, Peter Bakowski, is hitting the road from September through to December on an east coast reading and speaking tour, appearing in venues as diverse as pubs, bookstores and people’s homes. And luckily for us Brisbane-ites, he is making an appearance at SpeedPoets on Sunday October 7 and at Avid Reader on Monday October 8.

For those of you have not come across Peter’s work, here is a recent poem as way of introduction:

In my twenty-ninth year of writing poetry

Pondering, pursuing and penning the poem continues to
Engage and
Test me.
Enlivening a poem
Requires concentration, tinkering and to sometimes let go of the steering wheel.

Bravery and a certain ruthlessness are necessary.
Approach each word, each line, each image you’ve crafted with
Kindness but be prepared to kill them off. They must add to the poem
Otherwise they’re just strap-hanging passengers getting in the conductor’s way.
When you’ve finished the first draft of your poem,
Sleep on it. Then re-read the poem. Has your poem got an engine, does it
Keep the reader reading?
If your poem doesn’t contain truth and music, try again in a new poem.

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Melbourne-born poet, Peter Bakowski writes clear, accessible poems, uses ordinary words to say extraordinary things. His poems have appeared in literary magazines worldwide and have been translated into nine languages. Peter has been writer-in-residence in Italy, France, China, Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales.

He has self-organized and self-financed numerous poetry tours of Australia, some tours lasting three months, some tours covering 10,000 kilometres. Peter also gives poetry readings in private houses to groups of eight or more, anywhere in Australia or overseas.

His philosophy is to be alert to the world and to continue. Visit Peter’s blog.

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clouds in another’s blood

SpeedPoets this Saturday (May 5) is shaping up to be one hell of a gig, with a feature set from one of its founding members, Rowan Donovan and a premiere reading by Nathan Shepherdson of his latest work, clouds in another’s blood.

clouds in another’s blood is published in a limited edition of 50 hand bound, concertina fold, artist books by local publisher, light-trap press and is a collaboration between Nathan and print maker, Julie Barratt. Nathan’s work has won many, many awards and I for one am incredibly excited about getting my hands on a copy of this new collection. Here’s a few words and images from the book to give you all a first taste…

and the ground

that is responsible

for this distance

is unable to remember trees

is held

under the clean pressure of snow

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Sex Times at SpeedPoets

This Sunday, November 6, is the last chance to get along to SpeedPoets before the long days of Summer set in.

It’s been a sparkling 10th year, with features from touring artists such as Matt Hetherington, James Waller and Santo Cazzati (Melbourne); local musicians including Baron Field, Primitive Motion, Ichabod’s Crane and Mardi Lumsden and some of our favourite local poets: Fern Thompsett, Phillip Ellis, Nathan Shepherdson, Rachael Briggs, Michelle Dicinoski and Carmen Keates.

And the final line-up for the year is another 3-way feature act that is bound to POP!

SpeedPoets regulars, Andrew Phillips and Michael Cohen will perform their debut feature sets alongside Brisbane art-rock fetishists, The Stress of Leisure, who will have their spanking new single, Sex Times available for the first time in 7″vinyl. So if you want to get sexy, SpeedPoets is the place to be!

And don’t forget to pack a poem in your pocket so that you can make your voice heard in Brisbane’s hottest Open Mic.

All the action kicks off at Brew (Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City – click here for a map) at 2pm and runs until 5pm. Entry is a gold coin donation and the monthly SpeedPoets Zine is free as a 2yr old in a shopping centre!

To get you in the mood, here’s a couple of clips of The Stress of Leisure teamed up with two of Brisbane’s finest poets, David Stavanger & Nathan Shepherdson. Get your dancing shoes on!

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SpeedPoets goes international this Sunday

That’s right, this Sunday, SpeedPoets will feature not one, but two poets all the way from the UK!

The 2011 Arts QLD Poet-in-Residence, Jacob Polley will give his first reading on Brisbane soil and Ashley Martin will give her only Australian reading while she is in the country, so make sure you are there to help roll out the SpeedPoets carpet and welcome these fine artists to the stage.

Jacob has been a flurry of activity these past few weeks, facilitating a weekly poetry workshop at QLD Writers Centre on Tuesday nights and most recently, jet-setting up to Rockhampton for a series of workshops and readings. If you are keen to know more about what Jacob is up to during his residency and how you can connect with him, you can email Sarah Gory at qldpoetry(at)gmail.com .

And as Ashley is out here holidaying, I jumped at the chance to have her feature at SpeedPoets.

Here’s two recent poems to introduce you to Ashley’s work:

Warbler

I have built a model
bird house

with windows
in the tree tops

a way to catch
each gnat

until seasons shift
and glory outstrips

this habitat
passing songs

through my walls
to find a continent.

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Little Flock

I dreamt you were in a bird costume
struggling with your feathers,
silent behind the beak.

It could mean the hatching of some plan
to wake up and leave this nest
we did not build
on the sibilants of song

but the habit of each other,
a twig the measure of our touch.
It was enough to weave together branches.

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The seams of SpeedPoets are ready to burst, so make sure you are there to watch it explode!
Date: Sunday August 7
Time: 2pm – 5pm
Place: Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City (http://www.brewgroup.com.au/)
Entry: Gold Coin Donation
The venue has a strict capacity of 60 people, so make sure you are there early to get your seat in the room!

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SpeedPoets fires up this Sunday

First Sunday of the month means SpeedPoets. Over the past 10 years its become one of this life’s special rituals; a well-lit beacon to light the way through the particularly long weeks (you know the ones) and keep the creative spark smouldering.

This Sunday marks the second gig at Brew. The first one was a standout and with features from Phillip Ellis and Mardi Lumsden on offer this month, I am certain Sunday will be a gig to remember. Of course it is you who gives the gig it’s real kick… you, the one who gets up in the open mic and delivers a moment of stillness or madness or revelation. So if you are in town or anywhere in the vicinity, pack a poem in your pocket and come along… we’ll be listening.

SpeedPoets runs from 2pm – 5pm at Brew, Lower Burnett Lane, Brisbane City. Here’s the link to a map of where to find it. Entry is a gold coin donation.

And as always, the monthly zine will be available, free-of-charge to the first 40 people through the door. Here’s a couple of poems from the issue:

the pigeons are so fat
 
here in the city and spring is colder,
swooping in and out
of giant, glass corridors
and terrorising vendors
who steam on the footpath,
scarves nearly covering their words.
 
I shuffle into a bookstore
and out again,
clutching a brown paper bag
and crossing to the station,
glancing back at the crowd
to watch as they swell
and shatter on the steps
 
I stop long enough to watch them mutate
into a montage of faces
made lonely by the flat light
and the murmur of distant wheels,
doggedly moving on and into
the steel cocoons that
drive them home.
 
© Ashley Capes

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2 x 3 = 7
after Graham Nunn
A rain gauge
reads aloud foreclosure
notice again
and backwards

filling boredom

Recycling trucks
into garden bed
the sleepers’ creosote
a speed limit

onions sleep at

In weeds
resuscitated lawnmowers
massage a bus stop
tense children

cut introductions from

Slavic accents
pass my geometry
exams I broke
down in, once

like a car

Cocktail glass
organises bubbles
in court houses
unions order law

and fizz out
Tasting its ego
maths hold
the Eiffel Tower
less than vertigo
in genealogy

© Kent MacCarter

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SpeedPoets warms it’s new home

SpeedPoets held their first event at Brew yesterday and it was a cracker! There was a great crowd that gathered in Brew’s elegant basement/lounge to take in feature sets from Brisbane ladies, Carmen Leigh Keates, who took us on the road with fictional band, The Dick Candles in a fine selection of poems from her verse novella, Second-Hand Attack Dog; Charity Carleton, who delivered an achingly beautiful acoustic set, featuring songs from her band’s (Ichabod’s Crane) recent album, Honeydew; and Michelle Dicinoski, who stole our breath with a reading from her forthcoming collection, Electricty for Beginners.

Sheish Money was also in fine form, delivering a set of new songs, brimming with tales of youth, love and the shortening of garden hoses. And the Open Mic Section… well, it showed why SpeedPoets has been leading the way in Brisbane for the last decade. Twenty-five poets unlatched their lungs into the mic, 8 of them for the very first time and each one gave it their all.

You can check out more photos on the SpeedPoets website (photographs by Cindy Keong).

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SpeedPoets re-launches at Brew

Since their massive 10th birthday gig in March, SpeedPoets has been on hiatus looking for a new home. That home has now been found…

Brew is one of Brisbane’s exciting new venues and is located right in the heart of the city. For all the details, head on over to the SpeedPoets website. The re-launch in May is going to be big!

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