Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Otoliths Issue 47

I have two poems in issue 47 of Otoliths.

The works are based on writing to a series of images, primarily from Simon StÃ¥lenhag’s forthcoming book, the Electric State, and hiromi suzuki’s works, Black Sun and an untitled series centred on envelopes.


I did also include a range of other favourite famous and less well known images in the process. You can see most of them above.

Monday, October 30, 2017

The Tundish Review Issue 4 Launch


I am part of the 22 November launch of Brisbane zine, The Tundish Review. The editors were not only kind enough to accept two of my poems, but they also interviewed me for the edition.


Putting together any publication takes commitment and effort, and putting one together full of other writers, artists and performers deserves support. So get to Betty’s Espresso & Bar at 7:30pm on Wednesday 22 November to hear poetry from Ankita Bellary, Sean West, Shastra Deo, Jarad Bruinstroop, Juanita Simmonds, Sam Bolte and me. Then grab a copy of the zine. Thanks to the editors Katelyn & Nick.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Poems with Nuovi Argomenti

Three of my poems have been translated into Italian and published by Nuovi Argomenti. The poems are Art, Industry, Architecture and Pets, Spaceship Twang Dog and The Periphery, the first two where first published in English respectively by Today, the voice you speak with may not be your own and The Delinquent, all three appear in my book For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid), Bareknuckle Books.


Thank you to Massimiliano Mandorlo for his time and effort in translating these three poems, and thank you to Nuovi Argomenti for publishing the work. You can find the poems on the Nuovi Argomenti website, and you can find Massimiliano Mandorlo at his website.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

The Salt Room interviews – Joshua Bell

For the September 2017 edition of the Salt Room at the Gorman Arts Centre I interviewed each of our three performers, Joshua Bell, Sarah Rice and Tahi Atea. The interviews were to provide insight into their practice and themselves.

The questions were taken from A Conversation with Allen Ginsberg, by Harvey Kubernik. My second interview is with Joshua Bell.

An interview with Joshua Bell
(Interview by Andrew Galan)

Q: Didn’t you see The Beatles play, and there’s some poem you wrote about the event?
A: I saw the Beatles play once when I was little. I used to watch Ants follow each other too. It always struck me - this mess of a thing, this absolute chaos. But it was so calm and ordered as they went about their lives. The fact that they have lives. I used to try and imagine what it would be like to be a Beatle, or an Ant, or for that matter a Caterpillar. Really all of my poems are trying to capture that again. Like flying over a city. I don't think I've succeeded, or maybe ever will?

Q: You still read from text on stage, from a book or typewritten.  Do you ever read from memory?
A: There are only two poems of mine which I've memorised. But I find being with the physical poem comforting. I'm holding it in my hands, and I can trust it. My memory is faulty, and like a sieve. The words though? They are unchanging and loyal.

Q: Subject specific answer required:  You write something on a piece of paper.  Other people, musicians, come invited to participate and collaborate.  Does the original intention become a different trip once there is music and other elements involved?
A:
Firstly, I've never written anything down on a piece of paper - so how dare you?

Secondly, musicians are what poets wish they could be. It's less obtuse, and more abstract. You can really hit people in the feelings with music. Get to the stuff which can't be said with words. Words that are always just an approximation of meaning. You know that the reading will be different from the writing. And I suppose that's the magic of words. They're just full of so much potential.

Joshua Bell
Joshua Bell is a poet, nerd, and long-time performer in the Canberra theatre scene. His particular interest is experimental and improvised theatre. His most recent efforts are being one of the creative minds between pub theatre show, Roll For Intelligence, a live and improvised performance based on everyone’s favourite tabletop RPGs, and contributing his poetry to Canberra Youth Theatre’s production, poem every day.

You can find Joshua Bell as part of pub theatre show Roll For Intelligence as well as the Lightbulb Improv troupe.

The Salt Room
The Salt Room presents poetry in its many forms. Featuring national, international and Territory poets alongside performers from varied disciplines. Organised by BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! and curated by Andrew Galan, the event is supported by the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and runs from March to November.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Salt Room interviews - Sarah Rice

For the September 2017 edition of the Salt Room at the Gorman Arts Centre I interviewed each of our three performers, Joshua Bell, Sarah Rice and Tahi Atea. The interviews were to provide insight into their practice and themselves. 

The questions were taken from A Conversation with Allen Ginsberg, by Harvey Kubernik. My first interview is with Sarah Rice.

An interview with Sarah Rice
(Interview by Andrew Galan)

Q: Didn’t you see The Beatles play, and there’s some poem you wrote about the event?
A: Yes, in fact I am the walrus – really. No, not really. But I could imagine doing it. Theatre was in fact one of my first loves – probably because my mum was an actress in her early life, and my sister and I were brought up doing acting classes – and I even studied a year of theatre in Norway which I loved. I also used to teach music theatre programs for kids in Canberra. Theatre is one of the best ways of combining all the Arts in one place – music, song, dance, spoken word, poetry, action, design, etc. So in a way it is a good starting point for my life now – which involves art, poetry, music, song, craft etc etc.

Q: You still read from text on stage, from a book or typewritten.  Do you ever read from memory?
A: Actually most of the time I ‘read’ from memory. For one, my eyesight is very poor and it is tricky to concentrate on the words on the page as well as performing them to the public. The other thing is that once the words are a part of your body, your breath, your very cells, you can focus on the expression and the connection with your audience. When I am reading work I haven’t already recited, I try to do a mix of memory with bits of prompting – and in a busy schedule and with more and more readings to give to keep the work fresh, I can’t always take the time to memorise the works – but that is my ideal.

Q: Subject specific answer required:  You write something on a piece of paper.  Other people, musicians, come invited to participate and collaborate.  Does the original intention become a different trip once there is music and other elements involved?

A: Definitely – I have learnt this over and over in many of the collaborations I have taken part in – particularly with visual artists. Perhaps the most recent and most concrete example of this was my collaboration with a glass artist to turn my poetry into neon (for the You Are Here and Noted Festivals last year) – that was certainly a fun trip! – but it was also a marvellous lesson in minimalism and round-the-corner thinking – I had of course assumed at the start that I would write a poem and she would simply work the magic of turning the words into little lit glass tubes – that is until I tried it myself! Just making one letter was impossible – I had to completely rethink the structure of the poem, the content, the visual mode of it and work with simplified repeated elements. I think that for a successful collaboration, each person’s contribution needs to remain quite loose and open in order to have as many possible ways of intersecting. That way what is created is a completely new ‘third’ thing.

SARAH RICE
Sarah Rice won the 2014 Ron Pretty Poetry Award and the 2014 Bruce Dawe poetry prize; co-won the 2011 Gwen Harwood; and was placed third in the 2014 FAW Shoalhaven Literary Awards. She was also shortlisted in the 2014 ACU, 2014 Axel Clark, 2013 Montreal, 2013 Tom Howard, 2013 Jean Cecily Drake-Brockman, 2011 CJ Dennis and 2011 Michael Thwaites poetry awards. Her limited-edition, art-book of poetry Those Who Travel (prints by Patsy Payne, Ampersand Duck 2010), is held in the National Gallery of Australia and other institutions and libraries. Publications include the Global Poetry Anthology 2013, Award Winning Australian Writing and Best Australian Poetry 2012, Long Glances: A Snapshot of new Australian Poetry 2013, The House is Not Quiet and the World is Not Calm: Poetry from Canberra, Island, Southerly, Contrappasso, and Australian Poetry Journal.

You can find Sarah's latest book, Fingertip of the Tongue, at UWA Publishing.

The Salt Room
The Salt Room presents poetry in its many forms. Featuring national, international and Territory poets alongside performers from varied disciplines. Organised by BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! and curated by Andrew Galan, the event is supported by the Ainslie and Gorman Arts Centres and runs from March to November.


Sunday, August 13, 2017

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! in the Phoenix Pub on Wednesday 16 August

BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! WANTS YOU IN THE PHOENIX PUB FOR POETRY SLAM

Yes you read right! BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! wants you in the pub for Poetry Slam!
In August!

Be there for the 1st prizes, the glory, defeat, the barflies, the yelling, cheering, the heckling and poetry!

And because this is poetry slam we have rules! 2 minutes, no props, no music, your original material, all for 1st prizes!
1ST PRIZES

And we have judges, five, from the audience, to judgment the poetry or whatever they feel like judgementing!
JUDGEMENTING

And we have The Master of Conflict who will challenge the poets to conflict!
CONFLICT

Because poetry slam!
POETRY SLAM

And we have feature acts!

FEATURE ACT A: Sierra DeMulder
Sierra DeMulder is an internationally touring performance poet and educator, a two-time US National Poetry Slam champion, and a four-time published author. Her work has been featured by National Public Radio, Huffington Post, Nike, To Write Love On Her Arms, and more. In addition to performing, Sierra is also the curriculum director of the Slam Camp at Indiana University, an annual writing summer camp for high school students, and one of the founders of Button Poetry, the largest digital distributor of spoken word in the world. Her latest full-length collection, Today Means Amen, was released in 2016 by Andrews McMeel Publishing.

FEATURE ACT G: Petre out
Petre Out is folk office punk Canberra.

So join The Master of Conflict, The Score Adder, The Sacrificial Poet, Andrew Gayland, the audience, the poets, the judges, and be the BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! in the Phoenix Pub in the Civic Bus Interchange that you want to be!

Sign up from 7:30pm or when the Score Adder demands it!
Poetry Slam from 8pm!
Victory and/or defeat!

It is all over by 11:30pm!