Once someone said to Andrew they wanted to go to an event, ‘because a bespoke poem had been written for a pop-up venue’ and Andrew wanted to punch that person in the face. Instead he wrote a poem about carpets. He questions, is there a need to fight poetry, how violent do we need to be with poetry, does poetry afflict the comfortable and comfort the afflicted or is it the reverse, and is it just too easy to go with aggression? Fighting poetry isn’t a lifelong commitment, it is bloody victory and whimpering defeat.
ArtistAndrew Galan is an internationally published poet and co-producer of renowned poetry event BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!. Described by reviewers as ‘riddled with satire’, his poetry is gut, direct, and imagination and reality meeting to eat and fight. Showcased at events including the Woodford, National Folk and Queensland Poetry festivals, and Chicago’s Uptown Poetry Slam, his verse appears in journals such as the Best Australian Poems, Otoliths, Verity La and Cordite. That Place of Infested Roads (Life During Wartime) – KF&S Press, 2013 – is his first book. His latest is For All The Veronicas (The Dog Who Staid) – Bareknuckle Books, 2016.