Riverbend Poetry Series

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


1 Response to “Riverbend Poetry Series”

  1. May 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    It was good to meet you at Speedpoets Vanessa and Riverbend was a really special night. The rain added to the atmosphere on the deck with the bamboo leaning in to listen also (that sounds corny but I’m certain it’s true). I loved the mix of poets on the night. There seemed to be some kind of thread of love poems weaving amongst each poet’s set as if the night was drawing them out of you all. Can’t wait for the next Riverbend.


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