Thank you to everyone who has come along to enjoy SpeedPoets at the Hideaway. To all the open mic’ers, all the new voices, the musicians, the crazies, the hecklers, the pop-in-and-lend-an-ear’ers, thank you. thank you thank you. Thank you Jimmy and The Hideaway for your support and having us perform each month. It’s been a treat.
Went out with a hoot last Saturday. A lively variety at the open mic including the return of a prodigal sausage roll – a bunch of new voices (great to see) – many regulars throwing their final versed words into the comfy Hideaway atmosphere (including masked-Shanti) – Betsy Turcot performing her lyrical journey from ‘hugging the yellow line’ and Kevin Smith delivered a narrative with a spectacular Australian voice – and finally, long time SpeedPoet and award winning poet, Vanessa Page was chosen as Callback poet to feature in the November final.
Vanessa Page is a Cashmere-based poet who hails from Toowoomba in Queensland. She has published two collections of poetry: ‘Feeding Paper Tigers’ (ALS Press, 2011) and ‘Confessional Box’ (Walleah Press, 2013). Confessional Box was the winner of the Anne Elder Award in 2013. She has twice been named runner-up in the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript, and in 2013 was runner-up in the John Knight Memorial Prize.
You’d brought home a string of coloured lights
and crafted a beautiful mess
a complex frippery
hanging like an imago garland
in the exhausted landscape we’d created
our CD collections had been making love for months
behind a smokescreen of conversation
and the endless scraping of deck chairs
now, only screeching rosellas create the static
our signals have been switched off
and we wait at ten paces, armed with
our own scorched earth policies
wondering, who will keep the strange ceramic bull
on the mantle when it all becomes final?
We hope you all make it along again to SpeedPoets at our new venue across the river at the Lucky Duck cafe, 15 Gladstone Rd, Highgate Hill. I’ll post more about it soon. But here’s a link for now: