Carmen Main / Thirty, thirty one

Carmen Main and her poem ‘Thirty, thirty one’ was awarded one of the honourable mentions from The 2015 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize. Performed at Library at the Dock, Docklands on December 4, 2015.

Video produced by Melbourne Spoken Word. Thanks to Jez Speelman for filming.

About Carmen Main
Best described as crepuscular, not-for-profit employee by day and occasional spoken word smith by eve, Carmen (from Melbourne’s inner North) takes slices of the everyday, distills them, ferments them, then presents her findings.

Carmen had taken a break from performing (featured at The Dan, Passionate Tongues, Spinning Room, and Overload Poetry Festival Showcases in 2008/09). She is keen to return with some new work- focusing on love, it’s loss and it’s loose associations.

“Carmen Main returns to Melbourne’s grassroots poetry scene after an absence of a few years (the great thing about our scene is that we can actually disappear for a while and come back to find everything as lively as ever). In Carmen’s case, her poetic insights, internal emotional explorations and subtly sharp tongue have returned with greater concentration and compelling urgency,” Santo Cazzati (MC, House of Bricks; Presenter, 3CR Spoken Word)

Annie Solah