Wednesday 3 February 2016
Poetry, wine and cheese
Alwyn Marriage (UK), Jackson, and more
Mattie Furphy House, cnr Clare Copse and Kirkland Road, Swanbourne
Hear UK poet Alwyn Marriage — who will share some of her poems and her insights on the UK poetry publishing scene — plus myself and other local poets (I don’t know who, sorry!).
See the Facebook event for more info about Alwyn Marriage.
This year I won’t stand under the railway bridge when the trains
are going across, she said, even though it thrills me so,
the adrenaline secret of the huge metal body
roaring above me. This year I won’t, won’t, she said, because
every time I do it, the thrill is a little smaller,
the thrumming struts and howling iron breath more familiar.
This year I will hang back, I will wait, I will let the train
rumble on without my small gasp and shiver below it.
It makes no difference to the train, she said, so this year I
will simply watch, then pass beneath the emptied bridge and go.
said the teacher,
is the mind
in the breaths
that make a
1-4pm Wednesday 18 November 2015
at Edith Cowan University Mount Lawley,
Building 6, Room 6.114
Enjoy an afternoon of poetic storytelling. We will present some of our poetry and discuss the stories behind it.
The International Centre for Landscape and Language is hosting an event focusing on the idea of storied poetry. As the art of distilling and crystallising language, the writing of poetry often involves stories that inspired, informed or impinge upon the final work. Such stories can be implicit parts of the background or subtext of poems. They are often tacit, implied or adumbrated — not fully revealed in the verse itself.
The stories could include a poet’s experiences that instigated the writing, knowledge of the natural environment that figures into the verse, or uncanny communications from other worlds, regions or time periods. The stories could be humorous or serious, light or tragic, mundane or profound, spiritual or material, conceptual or empirical. They could be conveyed in verbal language, visual images, or sensory evocations. They could pertain to process or outcome.