This evening, as part of the Overload Poetry Festival, fortnightly poetry gig Passionate Tongues will feature Nathan Curnow, Cate Kennedy, Jennifer Compton and Miles Allinson. From Curnow’s haunted Ghost Poetry Project poems to Cate Kennedy’s joyflights, the evening is sure to be spectacular. Poet Michael Reynolds is the MC and founder of Passionate Tongues, and the Melbourne poetry scene’s unofficial photographer. If you come across a fantastically lit dramatically Artemisia Gentileschi-like photograph of a Melbourne poet at the mic, it is likely to have been captured by Reynolds. Reynolds’ photographic exhibition of Melbourne poets can be viewed at the Brunswick Hotel (home of Passionate Tongues) during Overload 2009. The Overland Overloaded team recently caught up with Michael:
When and where is the poetry night that you MC? Every second Monday at the Brunswick Hotel, 8:30pm-ish
Pardon? Here. Now.
People really want to hear poetry in Melbourne that often?
At least every two weeks, some even more often.
Yes. Beer helps.
No, seriously. How do you make them rock up?
The email group for Overload, flyers when my printer works, and word of mouth. About half of the crowd comes here each fortnight.
No other bribes?
Just good poetry and performance.
How long has it been running for?
Why is it even still running?
Good feature readers, a good venue and an open stage where people don’t feel threatened or judged
When will it ever stop?
As long as there is an appreciation for poetry out there it will never stop.
What better way is there to communicate and convey ideas?
Are you insane?
Are you sure?
Plug your venue
Brunswick Hotel 140 Sydney Road, Good Folk Club every other Monday, Roulette Open Stage every Wednesday and great bands each other night.
Plug it harder
BRUNSWICK HOTEL 140 SYDNEY ROAD ETC.www.brunswickhotel.net. Passionate Tongues Poetry every second Monday at the Brunswick Hotel, feature performers plus open stage, cost $2.50. That’s a lot of poetry for only $2.50!
Anything else you want to plug?
Check out the exhibition of photos of poets at the Brunswick Hotel during Overload week. Oh, and there is a CD of our tenth anniversary gig available as well. Did I mention I have a chapbook?
Break it down:
UPON FINDING A CHAIR IN THE FOREST
There is nobody else around
but you look about
for here is proof
somebody has been before
…curiosity and amusement draw you
to the metal and plastic chair
by no-one for everyone
and you think
of the crowded train
the one seat remaining
surely not for you
but your quick search
who the chair is for
it is yours
if you feel
-Upon Finding a Chair in the Forest is the title poem in Michael’s chapbook, published by the Melbourne Poets Union (2008).