A Saturday afternoon seems like a strange time for poets to come out and speak, but the Visible Ink team’s fears were assuaged by the great turnout for our spoken word event, Visible Ink presents ‘The Spoken Word’—obviously we’re a very creative bunch when it comes to naming.
Our venue was the large but somehow cosy Compass Pizza in Brunswick. The red brick room and wood-fires gave the very cold afternoon a warm feel, especially when the lights dimmed and our MC Morgan Thistlethwaite took the stage to start the open mic. One of our own Chalise van Wyngaardt gave justice to the first slot. She was probably still coming off the high of making it to the finals of the newly reformatted three round Slamalamadingdong Poetry Slam.
The afternoon ripped on from there, poems ranged far and wide with amusement, heartbreak and the occasional political bent (us creative types think a lot, which does eventuate in us having a lot to say).
Our first feature of the night, Will Beale, brought music to the stage and into his poems. He pulled the audience into his poems by integrating our voices giving the raucous cry to ‘Jump’. The twenty-minute performance flew by, only hindered by one unfortunate low hanging chandelier above the stage.
Intermission saw people heading out to gorge themselves on pizza. Then we were back with two announcements. The first given by our co-managing editor Sam Connor that Visible Ink will be open for flash fiction submissions on our website (and will also promote those accepted through our various media channels).
Publishing manager Chaille Bos and e-book manager Marilyn Miller made the second announcement that, for the first time in 28 years, Visible Ink has produced an ebook. The great honour was bestowed on VI27 ‘Petrichor’, a book with great stories, poems and incredible artwork.
Then the open mics retook the stage, filling the room with commanding stories that lead to our last feature of the night Arielle Cottingham taking the stage. Arielle spoke powerfully about her cultural heritage, and brought rhythm to the stage in a poem about not dancing that, somehow, had the audience clutching the air in mimicry of her moves.
The afternoon was a fantastic success and Visible Ink was very proud to have given the Spoken Word scene in Melbourne another avenue to speak.
The Visible Ink Team
– Chaille Bos