Friday, May 8 @ 7:30pm
Melbourne Physical & Natural Studio
Fitzroy VIC AU
Has an Open Mic?
Mother Tongue is a monthly intimate and gentle evening of Passionate, Powerful, Vulnerable and Honest womens spoken word. From rap to storytelling, poetry to monologues this night embodies every genre of “Spoken Word” and attempts to represent every aspect of “woman” from student to housewife, transgender to straight CIS, nice girl to erotic demoness and everything in between. It is a mixed gender audience with a cosy, living room atmosphere, that gives a space for 8 open mic slots and two feature artist to inspire and be inspired, to share in a safe place, to push boundaries and to have boundaries pushed…. and to top it all off there is vegan treats and chai too.
Zainab Zahra Syed
Zainab Zahra Syed is a Pakistani activist and spoken word poet. She graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a degree in Political Science. Zainab won the College Unions Poetry Slam at Brown University in 2012 and has performed at venues in the US, Pakistan and Australia and will be going on a European Tour in June. She has worked as a poetry workshop facilitator at the women’s prisons in Rhode Island and at schools in Lahore and Islamabad teaching storytelling as healing. Her scholarship and poetry focuses on the Middle East and South Asia, with specific attention paid to humanized politics. Her first full length manuscript weaves the history of the Pakistani Partition with personal narrative in an attempt to reconcile memory and the act of remembering.
Lana Woolf is a writer, spoken word artist, radio producer and activist among many other things. She has won the annual Percy Shelly Poetry Slam two years running (2012/2013), has placed in both storytelling and performance poetry at the Sydney Rd Writers Festival (2013), has featured at Keep Left (2012), JOY 94.9 International Lesbian Day Show (2012 & 2014), House of Bricks (2013), Laughs for Diversity (2014), The annual Percy Shelly Poetry Slam (2014) JOY 94.9, International Women’s Day Event (2014) University of Melbourne, Judy Punch magazine launch (2014), Out In The Open (2014). Lana’s collective work is self reflective and often examines the experiences of racism, sexism and homophobia that exist in the world in which we live.
We Work This Shop is a place for poets and spoken word artists of all styles and levels to bring their work for feedback and workshopping in a supportive environment.
Whether you’re an experienced poet who wants to try out your latest piece on a small audience for performance feedback, or if you’ve got a piece you want to test run before trying the open mic for the first time, or something you want to edit closely, to see if it makes sense, the place is open, especially for those new to spoken word.
We start with a short writing exercise to get your writing brain moving, and then everyone gets a turn to share their piece for feedback. Bring extra copies if you can, so people can make notes and suggestions.
Entry is free but donations are encouraged to help pay for the room.
Love, loss, and loneliness all pop up in Kendra Keller’s (aka Lady Longdrop) lively and tender first collection of poems Hey Moon! Lady Longdrop demands a conversation that leads us away from an elusive state. With an active, empowered voice, she uses the moon the way many of us use it – to connect to the hidden self from, the self that is terrified of being seen. Poetry to her is a form of meditation.
In the section ‘Moon Poems’, she takes the reader out to see the moon, and in the poem, ‘Full-of-it’ lies a powerfully vulnerable question that requires sight:
Great fat moon
Why do you look at me and ask
Whether I am as fully human as you are fully stone
What would it take for many of us to articulate the pain our mothers and fathers caused us? To articulate back, to them, their state, and ours, through a question? Lady Longdrop insists that we rest before this journey – to connect with our larger selves.
What would it feel like if we took our problems to the moon, then feasted on her light as the narrator of the book does? Would we perceive love in ways suggested in ‘Love Is’?
A forgotten dream
Would we then dig deeper into our memories, and say:
Love is some clothes I threw out cos they didn’t fit anymore
Love is some papers
Dusty with nostalgia
That I had to burn
Where would we go? The ocean?
If we are to find ourselves, to find where we belong, we must find the things that truly know themselves. In her poem ‘As Though it is OK’, Lady Longdrop poetically displays the human demise when we compare ourselves to others without the knowledge of our capacity to transcend our conditions.
You hang there
As though it is ok
As though there are humans who can cope with your perfect
mirroring of yourself
Lady Longdrop consistently draws attention to the possibility of opening up
Ziimusic performs ‘Black Don’t Crack’ at the Slamalamadingdong Grand Slam in May. Ziimusic is on the 2018 Slamalamadingdong National Poetry Slam team travelling to Chicago in August.
ZIIMUSIC, is a Naarm based creative blending his artistry into a soulful experience. Originally from Zimbabwe, ZIIMUSIC began his creative career as a rapper and musician. He has had the privilege of performing in and around Naarm where his band have performed at festivals and sold out venues. 2017 saw ZIIMUSIC step into the Spoken Word scene as he was part of the Band Of Brothaz compromising of Naarms most decorated spoken word artists.