posted on March 23, 2009 at 8:23 pm

i sit before my screen
like jehovah sitting before the void
on the day He created the world
so many possibilities
so much potential
i chase elusive memories in my mind
surely i havent told you everything…?
surely not in 3 and a half years….
so often i think of a story
oh i’ll have to tell ’em i think
bout now i sit here empty handed
i see my biography is coming out soon
gee i feel important
then he took this
then he wrote that
then he got poor
i could have given it a better ending
“in 2003 some idiot covered one of his songs
and kilbey made zillions n moved into a mansion
in vaucluse just opposite nielsens park
he spends most of his time
painting n doing yoga in his
“crystal japan ” gardens”
but no
it hadda be one of them
he blew it but hes at least not such a bad bloke now endings
oh ho
ha ha
someone in another room : its not over yet…..
yeah at least i can say
“have you read my biography?” as an icebreaker at gatherings
of more important immediate interest
my art exhibition at pittsburgh institute of washed up genii
man art n technology baybee
every pic got its own tale to tell plus music
you gonna wanna gotta get to pittsburgh p a
cos thats where its gonna manifest
soon soon oh so soon
for god sake re-stimulate my economy
and buy them all up
they will look so nice hanging in your living rooms
they will be worth a fortune in twenty thousand years time
when an antiquarian will find my self portrait
and say
they did have kings in those days
i imagine richard lionheart looked a little like me
with the beard and the searching pained grey eyes
and with the compassion and great wisdom of ye olde time monarch
and the charisma to draw a blurred crusade around him
of all the things to aim for
i never thought of kingly
but i look around
and i DO indeed see the occasional king amongst us
ah what is that regal quality
that faux-imperial graciousness
i imagine olde wenceslas
looking out at that deep crisp n even snow
fuck…the snow was deep crisp AND even..
how often do you see that…?
i know ive gone on about this before
but it was the feast of steven
the king
the snow
its all adding up to me
or am i just another crazy eccentric poet-fool
mixed up in some pseudo rex malarkey?
oh how often do we ask that question?
i note some of you
sit there with your morning cuppa n morning biccie or cookie
and you read my strained natterings
and you feel like
oh ah oh ah
a nice gentle warm feeling of familiarity
oh the beings having one of his raves
not at all offended
that i have the gall to compare myself to good king wenceslas
you are, au contraire, mildly amused
like watching any old day to day thing
and yes
cant you see
i’m deeply woven into the fabric of peoples lives
(and dont tell anyone but i’m inching back up the charts)
i have become that other strange thing
ive become all cozy
cozy corner
i should rename this blog
kick off yer shoes
get comfy
switch off all that rubbish on yer computer
on comes that familiar black screen with the white letters
(course it dont let me write it like that)
there i am fiddling with a booze-ooki or whatever it is
and hey presto
my most arrogant arcane and acute baloney awaits
you sip yer cawfee
you nibble yer biccie
if youre in the u.s. or can. you nibble yer cookie
and you say
oh how nice
the killer thinks he looks like a kingly dude from the olden days
and everything seems normal in your world
have i lost my power to amaze you
to shock you
to make you choke on that bloody cookie
and splutter on yer earl grey
(earl grey…dontcha see…its talking about me)
you are thoroughly used to my shenanigans
you smile absent mindedly at my sordid ups n downs
you chuckle at my tawdry admissions
you giggle when i admit to a murder
you sigh when i explode over a shaved fish
ah ha
tell me
what do you want from your time being?
more helpful hints on home economics
topography maps
articles about led zepplin
my social round-up
agonizing self analysis
numbers games
card tricks
poetic reminiscing about the golden days when i was fab
cautionary tales from stockholms smack underbelly
free spirited renditions of campfire songs
cops n robbers
mr weird
kathy kilbey and twin time
paintings of my infirmities
or none of the above
remember then
my exhibition in pittsburgh
my biography
buy 2 …cos youll wanna read it twice
thank you for your donations to the cause
just a dollar a week
aint that cheap?
dont ya wanna feel all cozy inside?
ah…..go on
nice, isnt it?

47 Responses to “act of creation”

  1. avatar
    veleska1970 | 23 March 2009 at 9:38 pm #

    “i see my biography is coming out soon”

  2. avatar
    Agfanassius Nerpath | 23 March 2009 at 9:43 pm #

    > have i lost my power to amaze you

    oh um…nothing…just…operetta rearranged my whole understanding of musical beauty.

    btw never any morning biccies…just always the last lines to read before deep sleep.

  3. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 March 2009 at 9:52 pm #

    Oh , sweet lost you, you, you. My favourite subject. Sorry, because you lead to me, me, me. I’ll dare to tell you how you can leave #23 and hit #1 (after all, you’re a king): write an erotica tale, Aura Sovereign, Untitled Emperor. Amphibian words to complement the vision of your red towel, your solid arm defining the body of your bride out of thin air, your entwine-ing with your bass in muscled minuscule movements. You will sure surprise your audience, Minucia Lunaris. I guess “baby” was almost what they needed but not quite.
    Have you ever noticed that the big red K of “RocKwiz” was exactly above your head during that show? It matched you and your unbelievable competitionlibido quite well. And you always get your crown, humpf.

  4. avatar
    princey | 23 March 2009 at 10:17 pm #

    I’m happy to read anything that comes out of that brain of yours sk, whether it’s cozy, crazy, fact, fiction, past, present. Just to have you here everyday with me is enough really.
    You’re one of a kind King Kilbey!!!
    I do miss feeling the warm and fuzzies from your poetry tho, maybe fire up that bouzouki and contact the ancient world of the gods and their shenanigans:)))
    Can’t wait to read the biography and find out all the deep, dark secrets of the on eand only Steven J Kilbey, yeah!!!

    Have a lovely day Killsy, I feel all warm’n’cozy inside now, thanx once again.
    love Amanda

  5. avatar
    Thelonious | 23 March 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    Your the man SK. Great to see you back in tip top form.

  6. avatar
    esne snoner | 23 March 2009 at 10:22 pm #

    nice one sk – which suggests that the substances are still banned from being imbibed – my thinking that it is surely going to have an effect on the blogging – an ocassional stumble for what to have a rave about

    more power to ya – there’s no end of things you can sermonise on – from the glories of church-dom to tales of your mate mal and everything in-between and beyond

    though currently how about picking a line from any of the superb tunes on untitled #23 and tell us ‘one of a hundred possible stories’

    subscription renewed and thanks for continuing to provide a now necessary and enjoyable start-of-day activity

  7. avatar
    EDD | 23 March 2009 at 10:23 pm #

    You forgot household tips. Can club soda really get stains out of silk?

  8. avatar
    EDD | 23 March 2009 at 10:26 pm #

    We just wanna live vicariously through you. You want me to tell you how fucked up I am(or any of us?) just ask. Do you read and comment on your readers blogs? You should. You could be their “anon” HAHAHAHAHa

  9. avatar
    Anonymous | 23 March 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    “biccie”?I’m not the world’s greatest spell-a-fuier,but doesn’t the “cc”make a “ch”sound?;).A bicky is a bicky is a bicky,maybe others are biccies.:) Be good,good King.,xoIt be very goode.

  10. avatar
    Richard | 23 March 2009 at 11:04 pm #

    yeah at least i can say
    “have you read my biography?” as an icebreaker at gatherings

    what if they answer
    “really? who’s it about?”?

  11. avatar
    K.P.BUK | 23 March 2009 at 11:36 pm #



















    so fuknn’



    no more…



  12. avatar
    restaurant mark | 23 March 2009 at 11:56 pm #

    ah come on steve…you’re still fab!

    take care

  13. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 March 2009 at 12:17 am #

    Hi Steve,

    You sum up my mornings so succinctly! I’m smiling still as i write this, coffee in hand (even tho i’m a tea drinker!?)…oh so cozy indeed. I’m listening to Tiare’s beautiful music in the background – Matardor of love, ooh…now comes coffee song/hounds of love ep…mmm, can it get anymore warm and fuzzy?

    Absolutely loving U-23#, a masterpiece perhaps? Some real standouts come to mind immediately ie. Anchorage, Operetta, Deadman’s Hand, Pangaea, though all the songs are really good in their own way (hate to single out any song in particular as each has a ‘specialness’ and a perfect moment all of its own)…***** Five well earned Stars!

    Thanks for Barwon Heads and all that it entailed (both you and Marty were incredible hosts – very generous – thankyou)…sorry no review was forthcoming as i was away camping after the gig (nursing a hangover too!) and then i was busy with party preparations for my 40th, and then this, and then that…AND THEN, after finally catching up with all the blogs i’d missed, i was absolutely HORRIFIED to see that you’d had that blackout/illness on my actual birthday! I can’t even begin to contemplate if…no, i won’t go there. I’m sure things on your side of the fence were unimaginably extreme to say the least! Stay well please…

    Lastly, thanks to you – initially for helping motivate me via your blog(s)- my love for yoga grows and grows…i’ve got a good teached too…

    Must get back to work now.


    Jon from Geelong.

    P.s. Only heard just the other day about how close it came to ‘what/who might have been’ at my 40th…oowee, now that would’ve absolutely floored me, i had no idea… šŸ™‚ Thanks Steve for trying, it means so much.

  14. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 March 2009 at 12:59 am #

    This is difficult for me to write, i and my longtime gal suze went north of brisbane to see the church at maroochydore, we went a week early , it rained all that week, even if it hadnt, the beaches were all closed because of an oil spill of disasterous proportion’s. We arrived at the gig to find that Steve was in hospital, Grand end to a week away, that night my gal swallowed a heaps of my painkillers to end it all while drunk, i kept her alive and in the morning while i was out getting her yet more lemonade to replace her electrolytes her sister took time off from beign a test [pilot at the local broom factory to take her home, which is a remote property north of gympie. i had to hitchike home, was pick upped by a seweradge truck with a foul half drunk blitherring idiot who wanted to give my teh full benefit of his inexperience. i arrived home to find on my answerring machien that while hitching my grrl had passed away on her property of heart failure. today i buried her, we played “It’s no reason”
    Again, jai une ame solitaire.

  15. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 24 March 2009 at 1:38 am #

    Sk is one of the most enigmatic, expansive and intriguing people I’ve ever encountered. Can a biography actually encapsulate him ? Can Gandhi and Jim Morrison be merged into one being? An existential, spiritual, bipolar oracle with doubts, self-confidence, self-recrimations and delusions of grandeur. A paramount talent who hovers one floor over insanity. A humane vegan who harbors animosity against man’s best friend (canines). He’s sooooo complicated, enduring and ultimately endearing.

  16. avatar
    seoigh | 24 March 2009 at 1:40 am #

    What do I want? Why of course, an article about Led Zeppelin! Nothing thrills me more than the tales (and tails) of English stoners singing about hobbits whilst their fans go on about how “important” it all is.

    Pittsburgh, eh? Not too, too terribly far from where this rock and roll ghost finds himself these days…

  17. avatar
    loolaabillions | 24 March 2009 at 2:10 am #

    lisa says she
    promises to be
    a loyal subject
    to king steve…xx

  18. avatar
    jhaas | 24 March 2009 at 2:13 am #

    sk, we’d pay good money for your biography… and other ways to preen and pet yer ego too!

    cuz we loves ya, dammit.

    whatever form it may take
    free form
    and flowing
    a bit like this blog here
    (not this comment yer readin now)
    [this is just a clever lifting]
    {of our aggregate host}

    but gosh it’s good for the mind to stretch and think a little bit


  19. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 March 2009 at 3:03 am #

    I would enjoy some good vegan recipes

  20. avatar
    glynnisjohns | 24 March 2009 at 3:45 am #

    Or we HAVE paid good money for your biography (sheesh!)

    To the coolest uncle i never had

    pontificate forever,

    question your (loco) motive,

    tongue lash the cretins to the mast,

    continue to beat the living piss out a that fender,

    keep having twins,

    just don’t stop

    it is important to me


  21. avatar
    melissa | 24 March 2009 at 7:20 am #

    SK, the TB is really the only worthwhile thing to read in cyberland šŸ˜€

    Can’t wait to read the biography too!


  22. avatar
    davem | 24 March 2009 at 7:43 am #

    I remain your humble subject.

  23. avatar
    Thomas Thomsen, Denmark | 24 March 2009 at 7:46 am #

    I’ve been waiting for “No Strings Attached” for what feels like forever, so I am most definately going to order a copy as soon as it is available.

  24. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 March 2009 at 8:21 am #

    Sipping tea on the ringside and watching Kilbey having strokes.

    ..A panther on TV, a proxy life.

    Donating would be good, for the sheer voyerism and strain of managing it.

  25. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 March 2009 at 9:01 am #

    You guys nailed it with Untitled 23…Just as complete and compelling as P=A

  26. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 March 2009 at 9:23 am #

    Philosopher King, more like.
    Renaissance Man, in truth.
    Magus, to those who know.

  27. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 24 March 2009 at 10:06 am #

    biccie? bicky?
    i thought it was bikky….
    love always…

  28. avatar
    Hellbound Heart | 24 March 2009 at 10:09 am #

    got my goodies in the mail today….
    where do i start listening???
    shriek cd?
    back with two beasts?
    untitled #23?
    or maybe just the two ep’s?????
    YAHHHHHHHH!!!!! I DUNNO!!!!!

  29. avatar
    El genio descuidado | 24 March 2009 at 11:04 am #

    “in 2003 some idiot covered one of his songs
    and kilbey made zillions n moved into a mansion”

    That happened to Nick Lowe with “The bodyguard”, but I don’t know if he’s living in a mansion. I forgot to ask him.

  30. avatar
    Jen Jewel Brown | 24 March 2009 at 11:42 am #

    Xtian, if that is real that is terribly, terribly horrible. Words won’t suffice.

  31. avatar
    Freddie | 24 March 2009 at 12:32 pm #

    I can see you as a king, King Steven šŸ™‚
    Oh, definitely topographic maps!
    I have a vision of me out hiking with a Kilbey topographic
    Iā€™m finding all sorts of wondrous things I didnā€™t notice before
    but I have no idea how to get back home.

  32. avatar
    catchow | 24 March 2009 at 12:40 pm #

    your biography’s finaly coming up!
    how fine!
    i ‘ve been waiting for it !
    sure,buy 1,first of all…don’t worry:money makes money…
    Do you really think you’ve lost
    your power to amaze us?…
    …nooooooooooooooo!i never know
    where i stand with you…
    What do i(we) want from time being?
    any thing’s running through your head! i’m always greatly interested
    in your blog…

  33. avatar
    Altres | 24 March 2009 at 12:52 pm #

    Thought this was interesting. I wonder what the impact of a vegetarian (Ok, with some seafood!) diet is?


  34. avatar
    verdelay | 24 March 2009 at 1:38 pm #

    Xtian, what you wrote is inconsolably sad. My deepest and most profound sympathies to you.


  35. avatar
    CSTCoach | 24 March 2009 at 3:13 pm #

    ahh yes, the bio. pre-ordered that years ago. nice to see it’s finally surfaced. the world of publishing is a creaky thing. wouldna wanna move to fast lest something dry and brittle snap.

    Looking fwd to the book. And hey, that could lead to a whole new slew of blogs as you refute the vile rumours and malicious spins put on your life story by others (just for the sake of being contradictory). Perhaps you could even come up with your own volume in reply. My Other Life or some such thing. Twist the tale with surrealism, magical realism and a good old dash of bullshit or two so no one can sort it out.

    Looking fwd to the new album and ep’s. Been waiting a couple weeks to place my order – moving soon, and don’t want any fuckups with the post. Meanwhile, bought pangaea single download and enjoying that and happenstance. a dose each day keeps the muse hanging about.

    “it hadda be one of them
    he blew it but hes at least not such a bad bloke now endings”

    Art exhibits, plays, new Church and solo albums, an unbelievable flood of amazing collaborations. No, it ain’t over yet. That was just the first half of the bio.

  36. avatar
    A.M. | 24 March 2009 at 4:03 pm #

    Oh how nice! The killer thinks he looks like a kingly dude from the olden days. Yet nothing seems normal in my world.

    I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere along the way. hmmmm…


  37. avatar
    scott | 24 March 2009 at 4:50 pm #

    i wanna hear bout those lazy hazy opiate days

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 24 March 2009 at 5:45 pm #


    Sincere condolences


  39. avatar
    Kate | 24 March 2009 at 7:18 pm #

    Good Morning,me Lawd.Coffee???Tea?????me??;) xo

  40. avatar
    the dean | 24 March 2009 at 8:22 pm #

    Perhaps you are a king of sorts.
    But what sort of king have you become, a benevolent dispenser of alms and wisdom or a tyrant who dispatches dirision with distain?
    Is it that your subjects have become desensitied or afraid?
    Now that the horrid jester’s throat has been cut.

  41. avatar
    Cee | 24 March 2009 at 8:33 pm #


  42. avatar
    EDD | 24 March 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    Awww…… who’d wanna be a king these days?

  43. avatar
    iseult | 24 March 2009 at 9:39 pm #

    SK very amusing and spot on as always

    Richard the loss of your sailing friends’ daughter was tragic and Xtian very sad about your girlfriend I hope you are OK

  44. avatar
    Buckles | 25 March 2009 at 4:02 am #

    For real, you don’t really think you’de be happier sitting in a crystal palace doing yoga.

    Just a glass house in isolation. Same place we’re all in, no matter what. Just coming to terms with it…satisfaction.


  45. avatar
    EDD | 25 March 2009 at 9:06 am #

    Steve ,if it makes you feel any better, I Don’t have morning coffee while I read your blog. I gets mighty drunk and when my buzz kicks in I laugh and wonder why you’d thank everybody for carin in one blog then complain about how people like to have morning coffee with you in another.
    Colour me puzzled. BEB

  46. avatar
    lily was here | 25 March 2009 at 1:44 pm #

    Xtian, that is sad beyond belief. Be strong.

  47. avatar
    Eve | 27 March 2009 at 1:25 am #

    Pittsburgh? Where oh where in Pittsburgh? (Eve…in Pittsburgh)

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