Featured Event

When

Sunday, March 26 @ 7:00pm

Where

Howler
7-11 Dawson St Brunswick

Price

$15/12 ($20/15 on the door)

Has an Open Mic?

No

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Interviews — March 10

Poetic Preface: Hunch

By Benjamin Solah

Hunch (not his real name) came barn storming onto the open mics a year or two ago, and in that time has won the Battle Royalle at Wham Bam Thank You Slam last year, opened for OVEOUS and just last month, won Slamalamadingdong. We had a chat to this fast-talking unique voice in Melbourne.

Can you think of a moment, like from your childhood, that was probably a dead giveaway you’d become a poet?

Well, my angle into this scene stemmed from writing down my dreams obsessively for years. I think dreams by their nature are poetic, so perhaps it was when I first decided to write down my dreams. More broadly, if you mean; When did I realise I had mental issues, was scared of the world, didn’t fit in, was susceptible to substance abuse and enjoyed my own company too much? Then that was much earlier.

How’d you discover spoken word?

I think the first time I recognised that spoken word was a ‘thing’ was when I heard Henry Rollins doing it back when I was in high school. I also liked Bill Hicks’ stuff back then too. Interestingly enough, neither were/are considered to be outright ‘spoken word’ artists, as it’s a side thing for Henry to his music and Bill was, by and large, classified as a comedian… With hindsight, these two were obviously very influential for me because I do tend to act like a rock star when I get a mic in my hand and I’m always drawn to the humorous side of things when I write!

If you only had one poetry book to take with you in the bunker when the end of the world comes, what would it be?

Clearly that would be my own poetry book! I could live without reading books but I don’t think I could last without being able to record my own thoughts and poems… Is that, like, totally self involved of me?

When you write a brand new poem that you just have to read, which open mic do you first think to take it to?

The default scenario in my mind when I’m practicing a new piece is th