Thursday, October 4 @ 7:00pm
Tolarno Eating House & Bar
42 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
Has an Open Mic?
Melbourne Spoken Word presents a sampler of Melbourne’s eclectic spoken word community, with writers who use the power of their voice and performance to highlight their words.
88 Miles proudly presents Memoirs of a Decent Man as part of this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival.
Tenda McFly is an accomplished rapper and poet whose unconventional approach allows for a mesmerising and thought provoking analysis of current issues. There is an accessible youthful intelligence in this show that is both representative of his life experience and that of his generation.
This intimate show unites elements of rap, spoken word poetry, theatre & visual art as a guide through the Memoirs of a Decent Man. It explores themes of love, identity and belonging.
Creative Direction by Felicity Mashuro Lights & Projection by Isaiah Morris Music Direction by ZIIMUSIC Written & Performed By Tenda McFly
Warning: Contains strobe lighting, moderate coarse language
This show will be presented as part of Critical Mass over 3 consecutive nights.
Accessibility: Testing Grounds venue is wheelchair accessible. People using wheelchairs enter through the main entrance.
Photography by Thomas Oliver
Slamalamadingdong is Melbourne’s premiere poetry slam, being the only slam in Australia currently PSI-certified, with three rounds and high-calibre nationally and internationally recognised feature artists that push the boundaries of spoken word. Slama usually runs on the last Thursday of every month, with slammers competing for cash, a published video of their work, performance opportunities and the chance to represent Slama at the National Poetry Slam in the United States each year.
You know this story like the back of your hand: a first date, a runaway heart. Scott Wings sets out on a bodily odyssey to catch Heart and its suitcase full of memories.
WHIPLASH is a playful and blistering portrayal of modern masculinity bottled into neurotic poetry and movement. It’s a battle for the body – saying yes to too much ice cream, fighting the urge to sleep in and dragging yourself off to the gym in the cold. A proud proclamation of “I don’t know – help!”
Scott enchants audiences with his trademark mode of storytelling – playful, physical, and unshakably earnest. After initial showings earlier this year at The Butterfly Club, WHIPLASH is Scott’s triumphant return to Melbourne Fringe.
Tariro Mavondo performs ‘Black Boy’ at the closing night of the Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival at Howler Melbourne on June 3, 2018.
Tariro is a Melbourne/Naarm based artist who uses multiple disciplines to connect through creativity. Tariro writes and performs poetry as well as facilitates workshops around Australia. She sees art as a conversation, a dialogue and her practice focuses on creativity as a facilitator of change. She also works as an actor on the Australian stage (MTC, STC, Bell Shakespeare, Belvoir, Red Stitch) and screen (Neighbours, Winners and Losers), has been an actor in the internationally acclaimed, awarding winning web series Shakespeare Republic and has done voice overs for La Trobe, AFLW and Thomas The Tank Engine (UK).
Peter Bakowski performs a few short poems and an aphoristic one at the opening night of The Melbourne Spoken Word & Poetry Festival at The Toff In Town on May 17, 2018.
Peter Bakowski has been writing poems for 35 years, has received the Victorian Premiers Award for Poetry and writer’s residencies in Rome, Paris, Macau, Suzhou and throughout Australia. His poems continue to appear in literary journals worldwide. Peter writes clear accessible poetry. No matter how many books he writes in his lifetime they’ll all be about what it’s like to be a human being.
How can you truly review a piece of art that comes from a close, spiritual place? Specifically, how do you critique a work of art that was created as a medium to critique itself? It has been challenging to put words to how I feel, but only because this long poem truly is something great.
A large part of this is Symons’ understanding of the use of space, and the positioning of the poems on the page. This is helped further through the illustration of Lital Weizman. The impact this juxtaposition has on the pieces at large quite staggering. The stanzas flow from line to line, breathing, and pace back and forth, fall down and crumble, and then are brought up again. This – combined with the images of scriptures, young students, teenagers pairing off at camp, create a wonderful piece of art in itself.
The piece hints at the ekphrastic; a dramatic description of a work of art, the medium in this case being poetry. I say ‘hints’ as the poems aren’t exactly describing the works of art that accompany them. They feel more like a collaboration of ideas and images, worked out via words and ink.
The whole poem itself stands out alongside the art; I loved its natural flow, its even tempo, and satisfying feel to read:
physical contact can make me awkward.
It centres itself on the questioning of a shared faith. Throughout the poem, the poet eventually turns away from an old, conservative religion, to a more open and free spiritual society. The whale is a powerful symbol, and has obviously been used in many famous pieces of fiction, and this is because the whale is an awe-inspiring creature. The whale in this instance is an existential metaphor, one that is gesturing towards something we as a people can have:
out there in the ocean the whale evolved who sings subtle songs that are so much sweeter than even the sublimest human poetry
The personal nature of the poem is another
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