Social Media, Twitter, not so much Google+, but definitely Facebook have been awesome for the Melbourne poetry scene. It only helps to keep in touch with everyone, but to reach new people too. When I first got involved, it was the Facebook Groups of all the regular gigs that kept in the loop and finding out more.
MSW loves social media too and we love promoting Melbourne poets and poetry. It’s why we put so much effort into keeping our Facebook Page up to date with all the upcoming gigs, our latest articles and the videos going around the web. We’ve almost reached 400 fans and it continues to grow!
But it’s not all perfect. Facebook has been screwing around with Pages a bit and we’ve recently become worried that less than half of you are receiving updates via the Facebook Page. Whether that’s because Facebook is not showing everything or because you’re not online every day, or all the time, we’re not sure but we’d hate for you to miss things.
On the right side of the website, there’s an option to subscribe to our website via email. We would love for as many people as possible to subscribe. We promise not to go overboard with the website updates. But we are thinking of publishing a regular post at the start of each month with the upcoming gigs for that month. Which makes letting me know early about Features more important. As always, we love feedback so leave a comment on whether you think that’s a good idea or if you have other ideas of what you’d like to see. We’ve got a video interview with Santo Cazzati coming soon! And perhaps we might do some giveaways to subscribers.
But we need your help with the Facebook stuff. Sharing this post with a message urging people to subscribe via email (and like the Page too) would help a lot, especially given we don’t think everyone’s seeing the posts. But also ‘liking’ our updates, sharing the articles a
As part of the Northern Exposure Visual Festival, Annerliegh has organised for some Melbourne poets to take to the streets and become a real metaphor on the tour of High Street. Poets are part of the furniture. Or should be.
On Friday the 15th of June, six street poets will take their place at three street venues as part of the Visual Art Tours. The tours start at 6:30 and then again at 8pm beginning at the Northcote Uniting Church, then onto our first poet who will perform on the steps of the Town Hall. The second poet will perform outside the Peacock Hotel, with the final poet waxing lyrical at the tram stop next to IGA. If you hang around you might see some freestyling by these artists throughout the night.
Poets will include Meena Shamaly, Brigitte Lewis, Lana Woolf, Kirsti Whalen, Benjamin Solah and Santo Cazatti.
A further night of street poetry will occur next week – watch this space for details.
Saturday August 18 @ 6pm / Bella Union, Trades Hall: Level 1, Trades Hall, Corner Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton (entrance off Lygon Street), Melbourne
Launched by Cate Kennedy.
Kevin Brophy teaches creative writing in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. From 1980 to 1994 he was founding co-editor of the national literary journal, Going Down Swinging. In 2005 he was awarded the Martha Richardson Medal for poetry. In 2009 he was co-winner of the Calibre Prize for an outstanding essay.
Nathan Curnow is a writer, performer and past editor of Going Down Swinging. His books include The Ghost Poetry Project which was based upon his stays at ten haunted sites around the country. In 2010 he was winner of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize.
Abe Ape is a new face in Melbourne poetry and after making a big impression at Slamalamadingdong a few months ago, has already produced his first video. It’s pretty special.
Please support Melbourne poets and share around their videos.
Review by Armand Étienne Petit
When it all comes to an end this December, it will be Stephen Hawkins’ magic talk box and the collected works of Amanda Anastasi that survive. Maybe the roaches, but they’re not literate enough for any due recognition in this analogy. Millennia from now, visitors will come to our forgotten planet and stumble across these remnants and combine them to construct history’s most powerful speak ‘n spell. They will bow to its lessons, or just freak out and smash the thing entirely. Either way, both reactions would be grossly misappropriated.
This collection requires independent analysis and patience and the will to not presume any sense of a formula emerging, like some poetry books might have us do. There will be many “ah ha” moments followed by a significant amount of self-doubt and then an automatic desire to reread. You will undergo an exceedingly high level of transportation. But the beauty lies wherein Amanda doesn’t allow the reader to specifically “arrive” anywhere, nor really view the scenery with the exact same angle more than once. Mais, ç’est la vie. Non? So don’t expect to agree with anyone on your findings after reading ‘2012 and other poems’. It should be acknowledged like religious discussion – best shared without intent to convince. Seems a tad hypocritical for one to be writing a review on it. However, I do treat this with personal opinion – there really is no other way. This book is just too intrinsic and immersive to allow for some generalised concoction of pros and cons.
Every taste and experience divulged between its covers is easily accessible, but sure enough, must be delicately acquired. And I don’t mean like seeking a comfortable planking position or nearly evading that feeling of self-loathing from watching a street performer for more than 5 minutes and sliiiiiding away without paying. I say this sincerely. You just can’t pin down the specifics of the em
Slamalamadingdong, Melbourne’s premiere poetry slam, run by one of the scene’s community building heavyweights, Michelle Dabrowski is back after a month long hiatus and boy did our calendar miss it. With a new look and poster, the June slam will feature “the daring, the fiery, the original Melbourne’s own Maxine Beneba Clark” alongside a limited slam of 7 competitors. It’s also the beginning of some exciting experimentation with the slam format. There’s a teaser for a ‘jam slam’ with musical accompaniment and later on, they’re going to be playing with the ‘interview slam’ format where competitors are interviewed after they perform and are scored.
Sign up is at 8pm sharp. Get there early. Facebook event is here and as always, keep up to date with upcoming events on our upcoming events page.