Poetry takes the stage at Brew, Burnett Lane

Poetry takes the stage at Brew, Burnett Lane

“Angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night.” Allen Ginsberg first spoke these words from the heart at a poetry reading at Six Gallery in California in 1955. Fast-forward to today and modern-day beatniks and enthusiastic scribblers of poetry and prose are still reading their beautifully curated words aloud in underground mood-lit bars to crowds of entranced ears.

SpeedPoets is Brisbane’s monthly open-mic poetry-reading night, taking the stage at Brew Cafe Tapas Bar in Lower Burnett Lane. Now in its 11th year, SpeedPoets continues to draw fresh faces to the first-Saturday-of-the-month crowd, some to merely watch and some to experiment with the spontaneous spoken word.

The May line-up welcomes back founding member Rowan Donovan to the bill, as well as the premiere reading of Nathan Shepherdson’s new work clouds in another’s blood. With regular musician Sheish Money strumming some tunes and the open-mic section giving newbie scribblers a voice, pop along to Brew on Saturday afternoon and commence the long weekend with a little literary wonderment.

Image via The Globe and Mail.

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