Come on down to the finest bar in town to indulge your senses: tulip lighting, Absinthe drinking and kick ass poetry! Hosted by Grant Alexander McCracken and Lisa McLean, this casual affair contrasts the extravagant and sparkling surrounds in which it is held. On the last Wednesday of each month at 6pm Poetry at Absinthesalon sees one feature poet express until their heart’s content while sharing the floor with anyone who feels compelled to voice their work. No stage, no mic, just raw natural voices projecting our vibes out into the ether. Join them for a magical night of poetry, community and, of course, Absinthe!
In this workshop seminar, hear Omar discuss his own experiences and approach to writing and performing poetry that has a powerful impact, and offer some pieces of advice for writing new poems. Create new poems and have the opportunity to read them with other participants.
Hares & Hyenas present with Peter Davis, a special tribute spoken word show to the late Allen Ginsberg, with October being the 50th anniversary of the Howl obscenity trial and the 20th anniversary of his death. Some of Melbourne’s finest poets will present his work in a fundraiser to support Hares & Hyenas
Featuring DJ LAPKAT, Richard Watts, Alicia Sometimes, Waffle Iron Girl, Kylie Supski, Reverse Butcher, Chalise Van Wyngaardt, Steve Smart, Benjamin Solah, Amanda Anastasi, Anthony O’Sullivan, Santo Cazzati, Sista Zai Zanda, Duncan Graham, Peter Davis.
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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