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Brisbane Poetry Gig Guide – April 26

Well, I am home, fresh from a great gig today in Brisbane Square Library with Ghostboy, Skye Staniford, DarkWing Dubs and the mighty Sheish Money. Thanks to all who came along.

Here’s what’s happening around town over the next few weeks. Hope to see you somewhere soon…

 

Tuesday April 28
 
Riverbend Books – Poetry On the Deck 
 
Queensland Poetry Festival, QLD Writers Centre & Riverbend Books are proud to present the second Poetry on the Deck event for 2009. Join us on the Riverbend deck and enjoy the rural sounds of Longreach poet, Helen Avery (Seduced by Sky) alongside established local voices Rosanna Licari and Philip Neilsen (Without an Alibi) and emerging poet, Sophia Nugent-Siegal (Oracle).
 
Date: Tuesday 28 April
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/Events/EventDetails.aspx?ID=2199 
 
 
 
 
Saturday May 2
 
Bruce Dawe launches A Good Harvest (Post Pressed, 2009) by celebrated Queensland poet, Maureen Freer. The launch will feature readings of Maureen’s poetry by Ross Clark. Drinks and nibbles will also be served.
 
Where: In the Red Chamber, Parliament House
When: Saturday May 2, 2-4 pm.
All welcome. Free.

Maureen Freer is one of  this state’s best-known and loved poets. Indeed, as Bruce Dawe has said, ‘She is one of our most immediately accessible poets, and one who has established a firm reputation over many years’. She has received a number of awards including the Premier’s Poetry Prize 1987 and the Order of Australia for services to Australian literature, 1984. She was Chair/Convenor of the Brisbane Writers Festival from the early Warana days for fourteen years, and also chaired the 1982 Commonwealth Writers Week.

Maureen was the first person to organise a poetry reading in the Red Chamber — featuring Tom Shapcott, Bruce Dawe, David Rowbotham, John Blight and Rodney Hall. It’s appropriate, then, that what is probably her final collection of verse is launched there also.
 
 
 
Sunday May 3
 
SpeedPoets is back for Round 3 of 2009! Be there as Brisbane’s longest running spoken word/poetry event takes over The Alibi Room (720 Brunswick St. New Farm) on Sunday May 3 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. The May event features the delicate beauty of Ichabod’s Crane: http://www.myspace.com/ichabodscranemusic. This Brisbane ensemble conjures the sounds of horses being ridden on sand and snake tails speeding beneath gumboots… music to be shipwrecked to! And to celebrate the pending launch of her debut collection ‘Voyage’, Zenobia Frost will perform a short feature set with a special appearance from Madrigal Maladies, her collaboration with Nerissa Rowan and if that’s not enough for you, winner of The Dream Ain’t Broken Chapbook Competition, Nicola Scholes will also perform a short feature set, showcasing poems from her forthcoming collection. As always there will also be live sounds from the SpeedPoets poetic riff generator Sheish Money, giveaways, free zines and two rounds of Open Mic. Entry is a gold coin… This is a gig not to be missed!
 
SpeedPoets, Sunday May 3 @ The Alibi Room, 720 Brunswick St. New Farm. 2:00pm – 5:00pm.
 
 
then get along to…
 
 
The launch of The Voyage, a poetry chapbook concerning the adventures of Zenobia Frost with illuminations by Bettina Walsh.
 
Time: 7:00pm
!Metro Arts Basement
109 Edward Street, Brisbane
Featuring [~support act James Sherlock~]
$5 entry / free drinks and nibblies
http://zenobiafrost.wordpress.com/
 
Presented by SweetWater Press
 
 
 
Saturday May 16
 
Words or Whatever – Performance poetry @ Blackstar Cafe 44 Thomas St West End from 6:30pm.

Featured acts this month include – Dissent of Didymus, Darkwing Dubs, Luke Townson + Special guests including some non english speaking poets.

As well as these awesome acts, we wil have our regular features including ‘Words of Honour’ (tribute pieces to great wordsmiths) &  ‘Words-worth’ – Live Poetry Auction.

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Brisbane Poetry Gig Guide: April 9

Friday April 17
 
Contraverse launches into 2009 at The Book Nook, Boundary St. West End from 7pm with Round Robin Open Mic and a feature set from Miss Ruby Fizz herself, Zenobia Frost. Entry is free.
 
 
 
Saturday April 18
 
Words or Whatever is Brisbane’s newest gig. All the Spoken Word, Slam, Hip-Hop and Subversion takes place from 6:30pm at Black Star Cafe, 44 Thomas Street, West End. The April gig features performances by LESSONMC, SURREAL, MANTIST, TRIKS & CHARLIE CHOCOLATE. Get along and check it out!
 
 
 
Sunday April 26
 
Acoustics on Sunday

Sunday 26th April, 12 noon – 2:15pm in the Sound and Vision Lounge, Level One Brisbane Square Library. The live sounds keep coming! Some of Brisbane’s finest singer songwriters will be performing in the library on the last Sunday of each month and for the month of April, don’t miss the original sounds of:
 
GHOSTBOY & FRIENDS

Join local performance artist & surrealist spoken word ringmaster Ghostboy as he directs a stripped down eye into the void with his muse & sister singer-songwriter Skye Staniford (Golden Virtues/ We All  Want To). And to round it all off square, he will also present two of  his underground f(r)iends in local sci-fi hip hop genre bender Darkwing Dubs as well as Graham Nunn & Sheish Money – poetry’s answer to the ocean call.

Acoustics on Sunday @ Brisbane Square Library, April 26, 12:00pm – 2:15pm featuring Darkwing Dubs, Ghostboy & Skye Staniford + Graham Nunn & Sheish Money. Entry is Free!

 

Sunday April 26 
 
Ahimsa House proudly supports the local community-based poetry group in West End—The Kurilpa Poets. The next gig is Sunday, 26th April 2009. Time: 02—04.30 PM at – The Emma Goldman Room – at Ahimsa House, 26 Horan Street West End (opposite the West End State School). 
 
Our feature poet for April is Brent Downes. Brent is a dynamic, innovative, gifted and talented poet, writer, artist and performer from Brisbane. Brent can be found loitering with creative intent at most of Brisbane’s spoken-word events. He is the new MC and host of the long running, avant-garde West End poetry group, Contraverse.
 
In November 2008 he launched his first book of poetry Coat of Arms. This first, seminal book decisively probes modern, urban, romantic, lyrical, expressive, and conversational themes. His poetry fearlessly explores subjects you may or may not hear in a confessional! Hypnotic, cryptic off rhymes, off beat suburban lines, music for the end times, whispered declarations of post-coital love, yelled portents of sex and apocalypse, the last taste of wine on your lips—all pepper his provocative and enigmatic verse. Don’t miss a stellar performance from one of the young lions of the Brisbane poetry scene!
 
For more information please phone Vij Chandra on 0411 033181, or e-mail a message to kurilpapoets@yahoo.com.au
 
 
 
Tuesday April 28
 
Poetry on the Deck
 
Queensland Poetry Festival, QLD Writers Centre & Riverbend Books are proud to present the second Poetry on the Deck event for 2009. Join us on the Riverbend deck and enjoy the rural sounds of Longreach poet, Helen Avery (Seduced by Sky) alongside established local voices Rosanna Licari and Philip Neilsen (Without an Alibi) and emerging poet, Sophia Nugent-Siegal (Oracle).
 
Date: Tuesday 28 April
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/Events/EventDetails.aspx?ID=2199
 
The first event for the year was a huge success, with tickets selling out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment!
 
 

Saturday May 2
 
Bruce Dawe launches A Good Harvest (Post Pressed, 2009) by celebrated Queensland poet, Maureen Freer. The launch will feature readings of Maureen’s poetry by Ross Clark. Drinks and nibbles will also be served.
 
Where: In the Red Chamber, Parliament House
When: Saturday May 2, 2-4 pm.
All welcome. Free.

Maureen Freer is one of  this state’s best-known and loved poets. Indeed, as Bruce Dawe has said, ‘She is one of our most immediately accessible poets, and one who has established a firm reputation over many years’. She has received a number of awards including the Premier’s Poetry Prize 1987 and the Order of Australia for services to Australian literature, 1984. She was Chair/Convenor of the Brisbane Writers Festival from the early Warana days for fourteen years, and also chaired the 1982 Commonwealth Writers Week.

Maureen was the first person to organise a poetry reading in the Red Chamber — featuring Tom Shapcott, Bruce Dawe, David Rowbotham, John Blight and Rodney Hall. It’s appropriate, then, that what is probably her final collection of verse is launched there also.

 

Sunday May 3

SpeedPoets is back for Round 3 of 2009! Be there as Brisbane’s longest running spoken word/poetry event takes over The Alibi Room (720 Brunswick St. New Farm) on Sunday May 3 from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. The May event features the delicate beauty of Ichabod’s Crane: http://www.myspace.com/ichabodscranemusic. This Brisbane ensemble conjures the sounds of horses being ridden on sand and snake tails speeding beneath gumboots… music to be shipwrecked to! There will also be live sounds from the SpeedPoets poetic riff generator Sheish Money, giveaways, free zines and two rounds of Open Mic. Entry is a gold coin… See you there!

SpeedPoets, Sunday May 3 @ The Alibi Room, 720 Brunswick St. New Farm. 2:00pm – 5:00pm.

 

then get along to…

 

The launch of The Voyage, a poetry chapbook concerning the adventures of Zenobia Frost with illuminations by Bettina Walsh.

Time: 7:00pm
!Metro Arts Basement
109 Edward Street, Brisbane
Featuring [~support act TBA~]
$5 entry / free drinks and nibblies
http://zenobiafrost.wordpress.com/

Presented by SweetWater Press

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Artists Profile: Zenobia Frost

Zenobia Frost is one of the feature poets at Brisbane’s newest poetry event, Under a Daylight Moon, which kicks off this Saturday February 28 from 3pm – 5pm at Novel Lines Bookshop, 153 LaTrobe Tce, Paddington. This Lost Shark took the opportunity to ask her a few questions about the urge to write great poems, poetic influences and her debut collection. Along the way we get sidetracked by dragons and pirates… but believe me, the journey is richer for it.

 

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What is the urgency of poetry in your life?

I guess you could say I have a word weakness, in that my brain is something of a sieve and when I pour a lot of words into it—as I do regularly—they can be pretty insistent about how and when they leak out again. Many of us poets know how inconvenient or even embarrassing this can be on long car trips or at the cinema, but when you gotta write, you gotta write.

 

American poet Donald Hall said, “I see no reason to spend your life writing poems unless your goal is to write great poems.” As a young writer, what is your take on that?

Writing has been my only consistent passion in a sea of fads and hobbies over the last decade or so, so I think I owe it to my poems to try and write them as well as I can. The thrill of challenging oneself to improve or try something out of one’s comfort zone is probably the driving force behind practitioners of any artform.

I decided to take writing seriously—actually, I don’t know if I ever take anything seriously, so scratch that. I decided to write often and with frivolous abandon when I was nine or ten. I like looking back on old pieces to see how both I and the writing have changed; my goal may be to write great poems, but so long as what I’m writing now continues to be better than what I wrote six months ago, I’m satisfied.

Perhaps poetry’s one of those adventures where your quest is to save the princess from the dragon, and along the way you narrowly escape ensnarement by a goblin, get drunk with elves, learn to swing dance from a fairy who intends to imprison you as a pet, and find a magic amulet or two—all of which make you stronger, but by the time you find the princess, she’s saved herself and is eating dragon kebabs over a roaring fire. Yes, that’s definitely it.

 

I think it was Eliot that said, “Poets learn to write by being other writers for a while, and then moving onto another one. Who are the people who have influenced you and who are you reading now?”

The first time I tried to write a novel, I was nine and was going ‘above and beyond’ on the word limit for a school assignment, which I was meant to write in the style of Enid Blyton. In my teens, I tried to become Oscar Wilde, but I wasn’t witty enough.

Honestly, though, I’m not good with names and I tend to read a bit of this and a bit of that. I think I could probably cite Goethe, Baudelaire, Rilke, William Carlos Williams, Madeleine L’Engle, e.e. cummings, Tom Waits, Spike Milligan and even fairy tales; just don’t ask me to list titles. I like simple poems with strong, sensory descriptions. I appreciate whimsy above all things.

It would be remiss of me not to mention the influence of the poets of Brisbane upon my poetry, which went through a series of rapid evolutions when I started attending readings and critique groups. There are a great number of fine wordsmiths here, and I’m very grateful to them for their insights.

Lately I’ve been reading the marvellously short poems of Richard Brautigan (they suit my attention span) and Susan Firer’s latest collection, Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People.

 

SweetWater Press is due to release your debut collection. Tell us about its evolution.

A university manuscript-writing project gave me an excuse to compile a chapbook, so I’ve been working on the collection for a year or so. It’s a quiet little thing, but I quite like the way it’s come to life. It’s funny that you chose the word ‘evolution’, because the chapbook, The Voyage, began as an excuse to bring together all of my oceanic love poems, but somehow it grew legs and crawled onto land with a series of poems about bugs, reptiles, people and finally houses. (However, if we follow the book’s idea of the ‘natural flow’ of evolution to its conclusion, then a tall gin and tonic is the height of civilisation. Maybe I’m onto something?)

The Voyage will be launched around April before I set off on a voyage of my own (with a box of books!) to enjoy the Midwest-American summer.

 

Finally, where are you looking when you write?

There are a lot of answers to this question depending on how it’s read, so here’s a selection of them. I look:

for my glasses.
out the window. I’m a daydreamer.
to nature, hoping to find small metaphors for bigger things.
into my contact juggling ball, hoping it will show me the future. Or David Bowie.
out to sea. I think this answer’s probably the truest.

Indulge me for a moment while I quote, of all things, a Disney movie. At the end of the first Pirates, as Jack Sparrow is distracting viewers by stroking the helm, he says, “Wherever we want to go, we’ll go. That’s what a ship is you know. It’s not just a keel and a hull and a deck and sails—that’s what a ship needs, but what a ship really is…is freedom.”
Poetry allows me to go anywhere. It’s not just words and enjambment and rhythm—they’re what a poem needs, but what a poem is is freedom.

Is that corny? Okay, I can deal with being corny. Just pretend I’m wearing a pirate hat and it’ll sound better, I promise.

 

Poem:

 

onwiththings


I close my eyes to the clutter
of the to-do list on the fridge
and I dance to Elliott Smith. I scrub
the sleep from my eyes, scour the grime
from the sink and swing my hips
in my grandmother’s apron.
I give the slip to furtive panics,
studyworkbillsfatigueandthought so
easily wiped over with a dishcloth
in 4/4 swings as I bottle up and go
onwiththingsonwiththingsonwiththings.

 

Find Out More:

Reading the Ceiling’s Pine Calligraphy: Zen’s poetry blog
http://zenobiafrost.wordpress.com/

Stylus Poetry Journal: Issue 31, October 2008
http://styluspoetryjournal.com/main/master.asp?id=874

Mascara Poetry: Issue 4
http://www.mascarapoetry.com/

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