Sunday, September 2, 2012

Yours and Owls, 25 August 2012

I was very fortunate to be the feature poet at the relatively new monthly slam in Wollongong. Hosted by Poetry in Wollongong and held in the appropriately bohemian Yours and Owls, the slam has been running for five months and has gathered a sizeable audience. The place was full.

I performed ten poems:

We are the poem
Kingsford Smith was a mystic
Tipping or rocking may cause injury of death
I'm too boring to make good art
Driving phrase trains off the track
Hunger trilogy
The sound of a fish jumping
The laying on of hands
Two doors down from billy-cart hill
The most awesome party ever

The audience was fantastic and attentive. A pleasure to perform in front of.

Five poets too part in the slam. Three of them did two poems each. The quality was very high.

One of the competitors, Adam Formosa, is a nationally published poet. His work has appeared in Overland and in The Best Australian Poems 2010. Adam's poems display a very strong sense of place and identity. Here is his contribution to Overland.

Adam's poem in the 2010 annual can also be read through the Google preview function on the Black Inc. page here.

These are the best parts of being a performance poet - connecting with others and being exposed in turn to more poetry. I have been very happy to see the depth of art and performance in Canberra and the event at Yours and Owls showed me Wollongong too has a lot going for it.

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