I was honoured to be invited to read my poems and to answer some questions on Poets’ Corner – David Ades’ monthly poetry blog supported by the brilliant West Words out of Sydney. It goes for about 2 hours so I apologise in advance!
Program for 19 June – Ben and Rosie’s (or Zamia if wet)
2.05 pm – Welcome and Acknowledgement of Country
Margy to introduce Calanthe Press poets in order of publication, she will particularly note the reprint of Jena’s book and then the new reprint of Jane’s.
Music – Susannah
Announcement and Presentation of Calanthe Collective Poetry Competition winners – Jock and Jena
Music – Margy
Interval/Break – Instrumental Music
Jock to introduce David Malouf
Guest Poet – David Malouf
Music – Margy or Ludek
30th SeptemberPoets @ CRA
September seems to be barely upon us, yet here we are, touting a treat for its last day.
Set this evening aside, Thursday 30th. Calanthe Collective and Smallroom Collective present:
An evening with Brett Dionysius.
B. R. Dionysius was founding Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. His poetry has been widely published in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and online. He is the author of one artist’s book, The Barflies’ Chorus (1995, Lyrebird Press), four poetry collections, Fatherlands (2000, Five Islands Press), Bacchanalia (2002, Interactive Press), Bowra (2013, Whitmore Press), Weranga (2013, Walleah Press), a verse novel, Universal Andalusia (2006, SOI 3) and two chapbooks, The Negativity Bin (2010, PressPress) and The Curious Noise of History (2011, Picaro Press). He won the 2009 Max Harris Poetry Award, was joint winner of the 2011 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize and was short-listed in the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize. He lives in Brisbane, teaches English and in his spare time watches birds.
SO, WHERE WAS THAT AGAIN?
Centre for Regenerative Arts (CRA) 6 – 8, Knoll Rd, Tamborine Mountain6.00 PM for a 6.30 PM start.
AND WHAT’S ON THE MENU?MUSIC BLACKBOARD POETS (If you’re new to these pop-up poetry events, that’s our version of an open mic night that musos and comics have. It’s first in first served for about a dozen spots and no more, one poem only [otherwise the night goes on until we’re weary and woebegone].So get your name on the board early. As this is a joint venture, half the spots will be for Calanthe guests and half for Smallroom guests.)
BRETT DIONYSIUS Our feature poet and passionate advocate of Queensland poets and their work
WHAT DO YOU BRING?
First of all and always, a light heart.
A donation, whatever you feel you can afford this time. The funds go to pay the venue hire fee and to acknowledge the feature poet.
Nibbles – as modest or as exotic as you please – and your favoured tipple, if you’re a tippler. Whatever else takes your fancy, if you’re not. Some people like to bring an extra glass, just in case they’re in a sharing mood. NB: We don’t have any glasses; you just gotta bring your own.
If you’re going to read, don’t forget your poem.
If you’re to recite from memory, come with an untrammelled mind.
you’ve built the player
so, go & listen to this
men wear tuxedoes
women wear cocktail dresses
play us like a pipe
they didn’t get much of
a look in on this slideshow
this is voyager
one’s mother you could argue
nasa is quite coy
this is astronaut ed white
newton was proved right
on the system of the world
on its gravity
not a landing pad
all the better to hear you
with a giant ear