If anyone finds me in a park
dribbling metaphors in compass directions
lap full of new books
and muttering how council workers enjambed
the hedge too much like a map of canada
would you kindly
wipe my chin with melalueca bark
explain to the officer
about the poetry festival on the weekend
and let me return to society another day.
Even if you don’t usually go to poetry events
but wonder what-the-metaphor
goes on at them.
It’s free. It’s in Brisbane. It’s this weekend. Great venue.
There will be words that’ll bounce in your heads for weeks.
International Australian & Local poets. GO!
Spoken In One Strange Word Program
My head is still buzzing with their words. Cracking poets (and musicians) graced the stages of the Judith Wright Centre over last weekend. Here are a few of my highlights. Before I do, this is my 100th post, which is some kind of milestone and also means I’m a bit irregular at blogging but the QPF marks 1 year since I ran into the poetry community here in Brisbane. I’ve met amazing poets, ridden a steep learning curve about all things poetry and it felt like a bit of a celebration to read one of my poems at the Ekka recently. I also read at the open mic event at QPF last Sunday. Stoked is this Pied Hill Prawns. Anyway (some of) my highlights:
Max Ryan -It was great to see Max again and here him read from his work. I particularly enjoy Journey of The Beatles fan about a trip down to Sydney to see JohnPaulGeorgeRingo. Everytime I hear it I’m on that bus with all the anticipation. Check out an interview with Max over at Another Lost Shark
Aidan Coleman’s sharp images had me frozen in my chair and wanting to jump up and yell ‘Yeah!’ at the same time. He read some pieces from his first book Avenues and Runways and work from his new book Asymmetry to be released next year. The new work covers a particularly heavy period in life when Aidan had a stroke. One poem that stood out (and I hope I have the title correct) was A prayer for my right hand. I can’t wait for the release of Asymmetry. There is also an interview with Aidan over at Another Lost Shark – well worth the read and a good place to look out for Asymmetry.
It was great to meet Ashley Capes after some online contact over the past year. I really enjoyed him reading some of his haiku which just so happens to be on video over at his blog – check it out: Ashley Capes
Sawako Nakayasu wowed us with hamburgers and ant poems. Yes ant poems. Here’s a youtube reading of two ant poems. I hope she records some more or releases a cd with her book coming out soon.
There are so many other poet’s work I have bouncing around in my head including the political poems of Australian poet in residence Sandra Thibodeaux, Qld’s poet in residence Jacob Polley (loved hearing him read Smoke) and WA poet and celloist Kevin Gillam. I will never forget an impromptu performance by Marissa Allen and Kevin playing violin and cello to finish off Marissa’s reading.
I’ll post the poem I read at the Ekka and open mic soon. A flood poem I’ve taken some time to work on since January. In the mean time I have plenty of purchased poetry from the event I need to attend to. Cheers QPF