Poetry is rad
Especially haikus be-
Cos syllables rule
It’s a well known fact that poetry is sexy. Children memorise limericks to steal a kiss from their primary school sweethearts, uni men don berets and recite Byron to the adoring eyes of uni women, even the oldies love to pull out a bit of bush poetry in order to rekindle that gravy-making fire. Turns out Shakespeare knew what he was talking about when he said “Write that bitch a sonnet. Bitches love sonnets.”
Canberra, being the sexy city that it is, is alive with poetry.
Here are some of the regular live-reading performance-poetry events happening around town.
Where: The Phoenix
When: The 3rd Wednesday of every month
What: Mayhem. Resident poets Adam ‘Hadley’ Hadley, Andrew Galan and the Master of Conflict try to keep the peace as the drunks of the Phoenix pass judgement on poetry. This is not for the easily offended, nor the shy performer.
Where: The Front Cafe and Gallery
When: last Friday of the month
What: Sitting and listening. Julian Fleetwood hosts the evening which features poetry of all topics, recited to an audience who listen attentively and clap respectfully. Nice for people who like to be listened to.
Where: Different venue every time
When: every three months or so
What: A showcase of local and national writers. Panel discussions on topics to do with writing. Possibly the trendiest of all poetry readings.
Do you know of any other poetry events where people can poeticise their poems?