Saturday, December 9 @ 2:00pm
Collected Works Bookshop
1 37 Swanston Street
Has an Open Mic?
Join Andy Jackson and Hunter Publishers to celebrate the launch of Andy Jackson’s latest collection of poems, “Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold.”
Andy Jackson is the author of “Among the Regulars” (2010) which was shortlisted for the the Kenneth Slessor Prize, and “the thin bridge” (2014) which won the Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize. He has featured at literary events and arts festivals in Australia, India, USA and Ireland.
“Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold” will be launched by Joel Deane, acclaimed poet, novelist and speechwriter.
Each of these poems is a portrait of someone with, or reputed to have had, Marfan Syndrome. Many of the poems emerge out of personal interviews, while others are portraits of public figures: Abraham Lincoln, Akhenaten, Mary Queen of Scots, Edith Sitwell, Niccolo Paganini, John Tavener, Sergei Rachmaninov, and Robert Johnson, among others.
Marfan troubles the boundaries between ‘disability’ and ‘extraordinary ability’, and illustrates the complex relationship between the individual body and the social world. These poems recognise the complexities of difference, bringing each person’s distinct voice into visceral and moving poetic forms.
“’Music Our Bodies Can’t Hold’ is a book of masks, thudding hearts, lovers, doctors, bodies and their question marks; speaking beyond places where ‘the only human forms/ are all the same’, Andy Jackson’s angular ventriloquisms are canny, fearless inventions.” – Dan Disney
“…a rare and important collection of poems… as generous as they are compelling.” – Pam Brown
“…Beauty, imagination, understanding, empathy, recognition – this book is a perfect example of what poetry can do and what poetry is…” – Heather Taylor Johnson
The winner of The 2017 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize is Alan Pentland with his piece, ‘Darwin’s Human Race’ performed on Friday, December 1, 2017 at The Wheeler Centre.
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Alan was a teen poet qualified as an architect and became a comedian. He ran Melbourne’s first stand up club Le Joke and was a core member of the award-winning TV comedy Fast Forward. His written work has won awards at international film festivals and in business. A radio ad sold lots of hot water systems.
In 2016 Alan returned to his roots, writing and performing spoken word in small sweaty venues. It’s become an exciting journey in words and ideas. Alan struggles however with grammar rhymes badly, and has no, idea where, to put commas.
Slamalamadingdong winner Nour Abouzeid performs ‘Talking Politics’ on November 30, 2017.
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Adelin Zipman performs ‘Scared’ at Slamalamadingdong on September 24, 2017 at The Melba Spiegeltent.
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Adelin Zipman is a 14 going on 15 Melbourne poet. Born to Russian-Jewish parents, she takes pride in her heritage and has a great passion for learning languages and different cultures. Adelin is a bright newcomer to the Melbourne poetry scene having only started in July of 2017. Since then, she has attended open mics almost every single week or as often as she can. She likes reading, linguistics, watching YouTube and cooking without a recipe.