Wednesday, October 18 @ 7:00pm
23 Meyers Pl Melbourne
Has an Open Mic?
Melbourne Spoken Word is proud to support the campaign to say yes to marriage equality with a special spoken word event at Loop Bar.
Featuring Kylie Supski & Reverse Butcher, Charlotte
Chatelaine is a collection of poems whose personae, like a family portrait, resemble one another in foxed, latent ways. Its voices stalk across time and space, inhabiting genres of riddle, fragment, confession, lyric and ekphrasis, and returning to images of metamorphosis and possession.A chatelaine is the mistress of a castle or ancestral household, but in this collection’s elegant but unruly house mysterious transformations occur, dreams and hallucinations project strange apparitions and landscapes, words twist and turn, references to tradition go hand in hand with sci-fi special effects and cinematic staging. The place resounds with accusations and misgivings and scorn – and with playfulness and wilfulness and virtuosity too.
And through these unsettled happenings, perhaps pointing to their source, the poems ask: who does this place belong to, and who will inherit it? Who lives here, and who comes as a visitor?
Bonny Cassidy is the author of three collections of poetry, Said to be Standing, Certain Fathoms and Final Theory (Giramondo 2014), and is co-editor of the anthology Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry (2016). She is feature reviews editor for Cordite and her poetry and essays have been widely published in Australia and internationally. She leads the Creative Writing program at RMIT University
Join Words Out Loud for their last gig at Babushka.
Words Out Loud is a reading, poetry and open mic night held at Babushka bar and lounge. Ballarat Writers is pleased to co-organise this event and encourages members to come along for an evening of fine words and finer company. There is an open mic for people who wish to read their own work, or perhaps a piece by a favourite author. Poetry, prose and all forms of spoken word are most welcome. Bar snacks are available and the sound system is of a very high standard. The event is free, but a gold coin donation is appreciated (so much so, there’s a door prize for donors!)
Get along to the official launch of Lucid Nature: Poems from a year in Wild Dog Valley
In 2016 Sean O’Carroll left the city with his family to live on the land for one year – unplugged and unschooled. The poems of Lucid Nature were born out of the experience of living close to nature, and far from the buzz of the city.
Sean will be in conversation with Claire Dunn, author of “My Year Without Matches”, talking about all things wild and poetic, telling stories and reading poems from the book.
“The poetry of Lucid Nature is unaffected, raw, provocative, acutely sensitive, and written with an honesty that is both painful and exhilarating. Sean O’Carroll’s work will sit comfortably on my bookshelf next to David Whyte, Mary Oliver and John O’Donohue, poetry I turn to for comfort, and the inspiration to give myself to life fully, without apology or excuse.” – Claire Dunn, author of My Year Without Matches
Come along, have a fine Irish whiskey in good company and hear stories and poems from the book! Buck Mulligan’s is a cosy Irish Whiskey bar and bookshop on High St in Northcote and is open to the general public. Books will be available for purchase and signing at this event, and if you pre-ordered books you will also be able to collect your pre-ordered books on the night.
All welcome…Free entry…See you there!
Yoram Symons performing ‘The Whale’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Bill Moran at The Provincial Hotel, Fitzroy on September 1, 2017.
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Yoram Symons is an engaging and unique voice on the Melbourne poetry scene, known for his enchanting storytelling technique. Yoram is a writer, poet and VR/AR producer in Melbourne. His performance work is a mixture of hypnosis and intensity, exploring the intersection of history, culture, technology and the personal experience.
Slam. Is this once agent in changing the way we produce and consume performance poetry still relevant?
For those who are not familiar with slam: Slam is a competition format in which poets are given a set time limit to perform their pieces and are then scored by a total of 5 randomly selected audience members, the scores usually range from 1-10 to the nearest 0.1 with the top and bottom scores being dropped in order to avoid bias, giving each poet a final score out of 30. The poet with the highest score at the end of the night wins. There are many variations on this basic format (which was first introduced by Marc Smith) employed by poetry competitions across the globe.
Slam boasts origins in the idea that the people should have a say in the type of content they are presented with. That is, that those who are the predominant consumers of performance poetry or spoken word; the audience should be the deciding party in the kind of work that is allowed recognition and reward. This has given rise to a style of poetry unofficially termed “slam poetry.”
Slam poetry is a term used to define the type of poetry, both in cadence and content, that is likely to score well at slams. A poet who presents poetry predominantly of this style may be called a slam poet. And while slam, by definition, is a format for competition, the world of slam poets and slam poetry is a rapidly growing one with poets who have attained worldwide recognition for their execution of this style of poetry. However, over time and particularly on our extensive and hugely varied poetry scene, the idea that the poetry presented in slam is of an inferior quality is becoming an increasingly held one.
That is to say, there is a specific school of thought which views slam through a lens that portrays the art that is presented on slam stages as simplistic, repetitive and lacking in any depth beyond the concise point that the artist is trying to make in the allotted time limit.
September’s Slamalamadingdong winner, Charlotte Laurasia Raymond performing ‘How to drape a sari,’ at their September slam.
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Charlotte Raymond first discovered spoken word when on exchange in Madrid. Since then she has dabbled in the Melbourne poetry scene, hoping to get more involved. Studying a Masters of Social Work, she is a big fan of critical reflection with her poetic influences stemming from the world around her. She enjoys hobbies that speak directly to her soul and making terrible puns. She is currently writing a vegan cookbook, ‘Beets By Ray.’
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