WHAT DO YOU ENJOY MOST ABOUT POETRY?
I love vulnerability and I’m really interested in pushing my own boundaries and challenging myself to talk about uncomfortable things in my work, especially if I think the discomfort has been taught to me. For example, I have a poem about my period that feels uncomfortable to read in front of a group of strangers but I’m almost certain that society (patriarchy) has taught me to feel that discomfort and that I need to unteach myself. I think that almost everything is better when we talk about it out loud.
I also love unexpected concrete imagery and metaphor and I love the break in between poems or an intermission during a reading, where you have the chance to meet the poets you love and to tell them how great they were.
FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T EXPERIENCED A SLAM, CAN YOU TELL US WHAT IT'S LIKE?
They’re like a lounge room sleepover with fifty of your besties but instead of horror films, you’re watching your friends say the things they always wanted to say to you but couldn’t. You’re watching them feel the rush of adrenaline at being seen and heard, you’re watching them feel relieved and supported and loved and inspired. The audience at a slam gets super involved by clicking for their favourite poems and also judging the poems on a scale from 1-10 (to one decimal place) and the highest scoring poet wins a silly prize. Our host Bella Luna loves Brooklyn Nine-Nine, so if any of the judges score a 9.9, the whole audience screams “Nine-Nine!” There’s a bunch of cute traditions like that.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO ANY ASPIRING POETS AND WRITERS OUT THERE?
Your writing doesn’t have to be a solo act. Come and test it out on us, we welcome all first drafts. Before I wrote poetry, I didn’t know that a writing community could exist. Now, writing community is almost more important to me than writing. We run a free workshop each month as well as a bunch of partnership events outside of the slam. The best way to improve your writing is for other people to read or hear it and the best way to improve yourself is to have loving and supportive writer friends.
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