Well it was a wet, rainy night for the Riverbend Poetry Series II at Bulimba, but it was lovely to see so many poetry lovers out at the event and I have a great time reading some of my poems. It definitely is getting easier! I very much enjoyed the performances of fellow poets David Stavanger, Julie Beveridge and Max Ryan. So many unique voices on the one bill. I will post up some photos in the next couple of days but in the meantime you can head to the Queensland Poetry Festival website: http://www.queenslandpoetryfestival.com to see coverage of the event. Unfortunately Memory Bone was not available for purchase on the night, but once it is available I will post details on how to obtain a copy.
In the meantime, here’s a new poem which I performed at Riverbend:
Oh how this leaden aching
has short changed memory
tonight, only the
silhouettes of us remain
two beige truths,
pummelled slowly into a fiction
and when I peel you down to
heartwood to bury you at last
I am punch-drunk by
the idea of permanence
So, will any of this even matter?
For when the stars stand a little brighter,
marking out our previous conversations
the sky will still haemorrhage with light.
Vanessa Page, 2011