Monday, September 14 @ 7:00pm
La Mama Courthouse Theatre
349 Drummond Street Carlton
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Monday & Tuesday September 14 & 15 at La Mama Courthouse:
What is a poem worth? uses direct reporting of poetry value from the Melbourne poetry community and the author’s own responses to produce a multi-voiced reading of results. Here, a graph can be a concrete poem. Content analysis can produce sound poetry. Driven by the rhythmic insistence of Whitman, Ginsberg and Australian bush balladry, it explores the human experience of access to value, to being of value. It is more poem than play, more play than recitation. It celebrates the call of the page, the voice of poetry, the sounds of answers.
What is a poem worth? is supported by Monash Academy of Performing Arts as the final public presentation of a practice-led PhD thesis on the evaluation of contemporary Australian poetry.
Writer: Kerry Loughrey
Director: Alison Richards
Set: Stuart Spenser, Anna Loughrey, Tim Oddie
Afro Hub is a monthly open mic where poets can share their work. It’s aimed at encouraging African poets in particular but others are able to jump up as well. Performers can register on the day, everyone that registers has a chance to share.
Omar Sakr performs ‘Ghosting the Ghetto’ at Melbourne Spoken Word presents Luka Lesson, at Howler on March 26, 2017.
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Omar Sakr is an Arab Australian poet from Western Sydney, and the current Poetry Editor of The Lifted Brow. His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Island, Overland, Meanjin, Mascara Literary Review, Verity La, Strange Horizons, Red Room Company, Tincture, and Antic, among many others. He received the runner-up award in the Judith Wright Poetry Prize for New and Emerging Poets (2015), and his debut collection, These Wild Houses, is out now with Cordite Books. His poetry has been translated into Arabic as well as Spanish, and anthologised in Best Australian Poems 2016 (Black Inc) and Contemporary Australian Poetry.
Julia Prendergast performing ‘A Dedicated Poem’ at the Slamalamadingdong Anything Goes Slam on June 22, 2017.
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Julia Prendergast is a New Zealand born poet, raised around small country towns in Australia. After first discovering a poetry slam in 2012 she has only recently started to share her work. Although primarily being a fine artist, she cannot deny her hand from pen, paper, words, and eventually a stage. Her poetry is a form of expression and consolidation around topics which she finds necessary to create a conversation around. Through lived experiences with mental health, many of her poems invites you into the un-comfort that is the therapy room she wish she had. Julia believes that if you have a platform to stand on, use it to create change and to start a debate with everyone you may or may never meet.