Canberra Creatives: The Poets

ArrEmm 5 March 2012 5

bad slam

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.

Traverse Poetry

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.

Scissors Paper Pen

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.

Other poetry events can occasionally be found at Smith’s Alternative Bookshop in the City, and through the Writers Centre.

Do you know of any other poetry events where people can poeticise their poems?

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5 Responses to Canberra Creatives: The Poets
loresev loresev 9:50 am 16 Sep 12

There is also Speakeasy at 39 Steps Wine Bar Cafe at O’Connor shops last Sunday of the month starting at 2pm. This gig welcomes young and old and is kid and female friendly and is NOT a slam .. some of the slams around town are a bit ‘running the angry young man gauntlet’ for some of us. This months (Sept 2012) theme is 50 Shades of WHAT THE? Bring a favourite erotic prose or poetry reading or your own work. Hosted by Lorese Vera and Robin Davidson, see details at ACT Writers Editors & Artists network at …

Hadley Hadley 4:11 pm 05 Mar 12

I LOVE POSTING — heads up, BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! is on the 2nd wednesday in March (March 14) because it’s a part of You Are Here!

Also part of You Are Here is Poetry Is The Real Winner, a sausage fest (mostly!) showcase of local performance poets is on Sunday March 18, from 4 – 6 at The Phoenix Bar.

poetix poetix 11:12 am 05 Mar 12

Don’t forget to buy a poetry book and support your local poet of the kind who writes books. Smiths has a good choice. You don’t have to count syllables in haiku, Arr Emm. But it is fun.

Counting syllables
your brain becomes abacus
thoughtless little rounds

PS Alive with poetry sounds like a bad case of nits. And some ‘bitches’ love their own sonnets, I’ve heard.

As to your question about other performances, some *wonderful* poets read their work at The Gods cafe. That series is invitation only, and details are given at The Gods site.

Hadley Hadley 11:02 am 05 Mar 12

Also, I’ve been to Traverse slams were the audience has been pretty rowdy. And I’m pretty sure Scissors / Paper / Pen is a story telling night. I guess it’s all spoken word when you get down to it!

Hadley Hadley 11:01 am 05 Mar 12

Actually, we have about 3 – 6 first time poets at every Bad!Slam!, and the howling audience of drunks are almost always really supportive of poets, especially first timers.

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