When it rains, it pours, or so the saying goes. Or perhaps it looks like it’s especially pouring after a drought. A fair bit of good news came my way over the last few weeks. I thought I’d share it one single self-obsessed post to update you all and wave my own banner.
From last Thursday to Saturday night, I performed poetry at the Empire Cafe as a support act for Ezekiel Ox’s spoken word show, Blowtorch. I did 5 shows, read a whole range of poems, and met a new audience outside of the usual poetry scene. And there may be more at the Empire in the future, so stay tuned.
On Monday afternoon, I found out I got into RMIT to study a Bachelor of Arts (Creative Writing) which is very exciting news. I think I mostly took the course as a signal to the people around me that for me, writing is serious business and a major part of my life, but learning and developing my skills will be a major benefit.
I had a post published on the Overland Blog looking at the hardcore band La Dispute and the links between spoken word and hardcore music.
This morning, I was on the 3CR spoken word program with Santo Cazatti where I read some poetry and answered some questions about writing, poetry and of course, politics. I’ve uploaded it on SoundCloud for everyone to listen.
Me and Santo are holding the first ever Percy Shelley Poetry Slam at Dexter Cafe/Bar in Clifton Hill on Tuesday, March 13 from 7.30pm. It’s a fundraiser for the Marxism 2012 conference in Easter and a chance to present left-wing spoken word. We’ll both be doing a few poems around the mock competition, with hopefully some new poets and some more experienced poets. It’ll be in style of the original slam originating from Chicago construction workers, where it mimicked a competition as a way to bring poetry to a broader audience.