posted on September 3, 2007 at 3:47 am

let me look thru the olde kilbey calendar here
poetry festival in brizzy coming up
starts this thursday night with a party
guess i can manage that….
partying with the poets
but what is a poet
who is a poet
are you a poet if you say you are
or is it a title to be conferred?
its a funny word
poetrys funny stuff
not that popular these days
i guess song lyrics have taken poetrys place
fair enough i suppose
there almost the same thing aint they?
no not really
theyre not really the same thing at all
and being good at one
dont necessarily make you good at the other
the poet reconstitutes all available words into marvellous assemblages
poets do love to blab on about poets though
it justifies their own damaged esteem in this philistine world
lyricists got it easy
thats where the money is
and the glory
everyone loves a good song, right?
anyhow whatever babykins
im straddling the borderline at the festival
singing 2 lenny co-hen songs
a song-righting seminar
reading all of froot mashine in one go
attending parties etc
i’ll be networking with the poets
picking up new poetic vocab
and soaking up the general poetic bonhomie
but i dont like that much poetry per se
i love the greats of course
i can give them a little plug here
dylan thomas (fucking unbelievable)
bob calvert
jim morrison(yes!)
breton(for his manifestos and nadja)
antonin artaud crazy poet/visionary
rumi (very trendy)
jesus and buddha
their parables n sutras are spoken performance poems
homer of course an epic poet
wilfrid owens and some of the other 1st w w poets
im afraid everything comes up against my question
“is it marvellous or at least about the marvellous?”
which rules out much of the poetry out there in poetryland
of course everybody isnt after the marvellous
they never really were
the hoi polloi want the obvious and they do indeed get it
in spades
there is always a small group who do want the marvellous tho
and an even smaller group
who can actually occaisionally produce it
this is my thing
my field of expertise….
country poets
lesbian poets
funny poets
rap poets
yeah ok but no thanks
its gotta do this thing i cant define
its gotta transport me
its gotta be extra ordinary
its gotta be far out
or else why bother
if that beauty aint gonna convulse
anyway this is my narrow niche
i guess not everybody else
would by any means think im dabbling in the marvellous
the thing that most interests me
bores most others , im sure, im certain
that weird peculiar thing
that those master poets can do
they can throw you round all over the place
just with words arranged on a page
no music n voice to deliver it
no razzamatazzski
thats a real art
not many do it for me as i say
that shivery weird feeling you can get
when you read something real good
when the masters lay down their coolest word groove
there in black n white on a page
or on a screen
poetry hits your heart first
poetry you can do anything
poetry for everybody
poetry ah whos listening
can poetry ever come back?
i dunno
i dont know if its instantaneous enough for thesedays
its like croquet is to golf
is poetry to lyrics
very similar
but enormously different
one obscure n perceived as antiquated
the other a billion dollar biz
why cant poetry recapture its former position?
im sorry but i dont think poetry ever was that popular
i just cant see it
i think its pretty much always been pretty elitist-ish
the common man aint been quotin’ the poets of his day
i betcha
its worth while
i mean
the qld po fest is a blessing in an arid land
an opportunity to see if there is any marvellous stuff out there
put on a beret and smoke pot on the balcony
drink a champers and get your book signed by pierre the poet
yawn and fidget thru the boring bastards (like me….for some)
flog a copy of yer latest booklet
and talk about yer poems in hi falutin’ terms
im sure i’ll get real envious
when someone points out some boring olde boar
tediously reading out his ball numbing twaddle
and says
“he just got a grant for 200 grande to write that!”
oooh that gets me going…
govt funded poets
unless its me of course
i could be into it then
i’d churn out some poetry for em
if they paid me to do it
theyd get all my best epistles
funny how a little huge grant would lubricate my poetic-ness
how can ya pay em to write poetry….?
imagine if rimbaud was getting paid to write illuminations
some public servant overseeing the whole thing
this bits too rude
this bit doesnt make sense
this bit is un pc
this bit will upset the pope
this bit is too sketchy
if the minister for poetry
in queenzland or any where else
is looking for a good little poet
to bestow some whacking great grant on
then this is my submission
(is that the right word)
this is my application
just comment below
how much you have in mind
and i’ll start on new prose poem cycle
*my memories of the abyss and violet ray*
its brilliant da da or utter tripe, who can tell
not the guy dishing out the grants
thats for sure

40 Responses to “lookalike”

  1. avatar
    skyintheairwaves | 3 September 2007 at 5:10 am #

    my fav poem is by spike milligan

    The wiggle woggle said
    when i’m standing on my head
    I can see the coast of china
    and its very very red.

    Political, absurdist, observational, etc

    top that!

  2. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 5:16 am #

    Ha ha ha you make me laugh sk with your “poetic” ways, “ball numbing twaddle”, there’s no doubt there will heaps of that, but not from the one and only, no way! Have fun at the festival, I’m sure you’ll fit in with the in crowd… beret, beard and bubbly, it’s all ya need baby!

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    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 5:35 am #

    Shore enough SK, I can see you getting into those rather yawny parti partis. I don’t meet many poets here…film-makers more than any other occupation for some reason! Although, I used to run around with a group like that back in University…they put out a book of naughty erotics, them posing beside their poems in the nude. The novella is still in my library; I wonder where those ‘poets’ are at now?! Shock value for you, ha.

    Anyway, drop a name like Zoetrope (Francis Ford Copella’s place) readings on first Tuesdays in San Fran. See what your gurus say to that! Guess you’d better get your application out!

    I’m selective about poetry as well…I really like Robert Frost and William Blake.


  4. avatar
    Olde Amps | 3 September 2007 at 5:46 am #

    Here is a poem
    To be read by you all
    Before the poets in Queensland
    Begin numbing your balls

  5. avatar
    The Queensland Minister for Poetry and Nether Regional Anaesthetics | 3 September 2007 at 5:53 am #


  6. avatar
    verdelay | 3 September 2007 at 6:15 am #

    Good luck to all those 200 grande poetry grantees, I say. Better that thy hard-earned taxes are spent on some ponce with a pen than 1/300th of a tank or 1.5m of freeway, no?

    Unshackle those would-be poets from their desks and telephones, their 5 day on/2 day off monotony; set them free so they can go and smoke pot on the balcony of some poetry gab fest.

    Or do we want to let the market decide who is the poet and who is the poseur?

    No sir.

  7. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 6:21 am #

    SK…give em some marvellous spirals from the vast vault of your creative genius!….now,that’s some poetry worth talking about!…you rock Mr.K..!!..have a brillig night.!,as always,gen xxxxx

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    damien | 3 September 2007 at 7:20 am #

    What about The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Steve?

    I’d have thought you’d love your Coleridges, Byrons and Shelleys.

    Not to mention your Blakes.

  9. avatar
    steve kilbey | 3 September 2007 at 7:33 am #

    i love my lentils

  10. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 7:39 am #

    Jesus!I think I just saw Jesus!

  11. avatar
    Faye | 3 September 2007 at 10:06 am #

    There once was a farmer,who took a young miss,to the back of the barnyard where he gave her a……lecture on horses,and chickens and eggs,and told her that she had such beautiful……manners,befitting a girl of her charms,a girl that he wanted to take in his…….washing and ironing,and then if she did,then they would get married and have lots of…..sweet violets,sweeter than the roses.covered all over from head to toe..covered all over with sweet violets! that’s an oldie..your mum would probably know that one!….xo

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 10:14 am #

    well, i think a government grant to nurture your artistic pursuits would be a helluva lot more worthwhile than some of the utter SHIT that gets grants…
    i rather enjoy ts eliot and blake, myself, although i also love reading haiku poetry…
    love always
    -The Hellbound Heart

  13. avatar
    mattdavison | 3 September 2007 at 10:43 am #

    ya didnt mention me in yr list..

    one of mine just got nominated by as a finalist in the best ten in America.funny that when I am a kiwi. ha! Anyone want to hear it?? I got a book “vast and tiny universe” out soon, happy to put a few here from time to time.

    GW Bush will be only a few ks from you tmrw sk, don’t go out my friend
    KEEP AWAY FROM HIS BAD VIBE. good luk in Briszo!!


  14. avatar
    Daberhasher | 3 September 2007 at 11:13 am #

    so you’re looking for a little grant green are you… jazz fiend…


  15. avatar
    lily was here | 3 September 2007 at 11:32 am #

    Stretch into the Stars – now that’s gorgeous poetry of the musical kind m’lord .. please dont kick Martin’s arse! Well, you cant seeing as you two dont have a physical relationship yet.

    Sue x

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 1:11 pm #

    lentils for everyone!

    lick that chalice and wet those lips theres a poem heres a poem wheres a poem this.

  17. avatar
    Candy | 3 September 2007 at 1:38 pm #

    sweet SK …sweet slumber{poetic,huh?}…sweetest spirited night to you ..they gonna LOVE you at the poetry festival! X

  18. avatar
    Rimbaud coming to the rescue | 3 September 2007 at 1:45 pm #

    Well have fun, just don’t pretend you know anything about contemporary poetry unless you’ve actually read or watched enough of it to know.

    In Chile of course Pablo Naruda is a national hero
    here poets are often disrespected
    here filmmakers scrabble for crumbs, seeing films dissolve from lack of finace or belief in our culture – let the almighty dollar rule
    musicians are helped along by the throb and rub of alcohol
    an accompaniment to a night’s drinking
    here actors turn hungrily to the public service
    here artists have day jobs to pay the soaring rent
    here we have had the John Howard government for 11 years
    here art is a dog that has outgrown its collar, but no-one has noticed

    no poet in Australia gets $200,000 grants!
    no artist from any field ever, ever gets granted money like that Steve Kilbey
    most are paying to create
    the poets most of all
    not all are great
    but Melbourne is a thriving hub of poets
    you don’t live here
    Sydney has almost no poetry venues
    Melbourne has scores

    Here are some bloody brilliant Australian poets:

    Jennifer Harrison

    Andy Jackson

    ha ha me (when I’m not being ordinary… when the muse is kind)

    my daughter

    Ian McBryde

    alicia sometimes

    ern malley

    Mike Ladd

    Robert Adamson

    Amelia Walker

    Jill Jones

    Anthony Laurence

    Joel Deane

    ha… that’ll do for a start

    write on – you are a poet, yes indeedy, and worthy of the name

  19. avatar
    grateful | 3 September 2007 at 2:04 pm #

    the things you say you need from poetry are the very things I get from your songs. Thank you so much for everything you’ve given us. If you’d had even half as much financial reward out of it as I’ve had pleasure from it you’d be a rich man. I only wish that were so. Thanks won’t pay the rent – but thanks.

  20. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 2:47 pm #

    funny how often the word Grant comes up in this missive – now there’s a poet! Riddle in the Rain, Black Mule, Open Invitation are just three of his which spring to mind immediately – oh, Boundary Rider might be one as well – shortened from the sung version

    I like Samuel Wagan Watson – contemporary Oz poet from Queensland; and even (ducks) Les Murray; love Ern Malley!…and of the oldies, John Donne…. what a benchmark is “like gold to airy thinness beat..”…ahhhh

    there’s bloody hundreds! Long Live Poetry! Go the poets! -oh, not forgetting the Last Poets – the first and last word in rap – oh; what about GrandMaster Flash – that “don’t push me cause I’m close to tha..eeedge.. is a classic urban angst poem –

    anyway, wasn’t Rimbaud a public servant and army officer as well? of them guys anyways

    ya got me going now killer; and you anon 1:45 re the contemporary others – will check them out ta – but does your daughter have a name or does she only exist as a product of you? (and how much is “enough to know”?)

    poetry is precious

    wish i was in Brisbane


  21. avatar
    restaurant mark | 3 September 2007 at 2:57 pm #

    would vote for you to get the grant…most definately…but you might want to lose the beret.
    however…it does scream poet though. might not qualify without the beret? oh well…keep it then!

    take care


  22. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 4:18 pm #

    @11:45. au contraire to the artists getting grant monies over 200K. There’s plenty of competitions in the private sector with well over that amount to each artist! Double, triple!

  23. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 4:22 pm #

    beautiful steve,sentient beings are blessed with the gifts of insight,the knowledge of the human heart,and condition,and the words wrapped in magic,your poetry will break through,even the most “elitist-ish” have a rare gift for the words,it’s your magic that makes them fly!’ll be great!{and have a big giggle too!}{quietly of course}sometimes the Poetry folk can be as intense as the new age hippycrits/wine n food buffs..nothing new!..just a new light in which to throw out the honesty,and simply mat..I love your poetry SK!..much love,and a kiss to the gifts for peaceful sleep tonight…./jb

  24. avatar
    where left meets right | 3 September 2007 at 4:56 pm #

    sleepy,but not..good night XO

  25. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 3 September 2007 at 5:20 pm #

    I hope SK can read his July 31 “uplifting blogge”.

    “Remindlessness” and “Narcosis +” sound like late 1960’s collaborations between Syd Barret, John Lennon and SK. CDS cannot get any trippier than these but the refined musical and vocal integrity remains intact throughout. Two insane CDs that are imperative to own. For me “Unearthed” marked the advent of SK’s paramount vocal virtuosity. “The Slow Crack” is trippy, austere and splenderous”. All the SK solo Cds are “far out”, sterling endeavors.

  26. avatar
    timf | 3 September 2007 at 7:10 pm #

    on this topic I prefer to quote Ani Difranco

    “Sometimes the beauty is easy. Sometimes you don’t have to try at all. Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake. Sometimes there’s poetry written right on the bathroom wall.”

    “Art is why I get up in the morning; my definition ends there. You know it doesn’t seem fair, that I’m living for something I can’t even define. And there you are right there, in the mean time.”

    Have a great po-fest…i’m sure most of the “poets” will be in awe..

    luv tim

  27. avatar
    JONNY NOT YET SO HOLLYWOODISH | 3 September 2007 at 7:44 pm #

    knock ’em dead at your poetry festival esskay…
    The Dead Poet

  28. avatar
    davem | 3 September 2007 at 8:31 pm #

    I think you span the disatnce between lyric and poetry well. It’s partly why I’ve stuck with you for years.
    Your words are intriguing and worthy of spending some time with. Yet whilst the images soak in there’s that voice…those sounds.
    Imagery on two levels…words and music…close your eyes and you get the other dimensions.
    How is “Invisible” not you setting poetry to music? It is!! Perhaps an obvious example but true nonetheless.
    I love listening to stuff like Supper’s Ready too. The marriage of the chords and words is just magical – it can’t be explained. That’s the power of music. You’ve done that loads of times….. Jazz, Saturation, Aura, Myrrh, A Month of Sunday’s, Radiance, Telepath, June, Disappear, Destination, Two Places At Once, Grind, Day 5… marvellous…G’night SK

  29. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 8:38 pm #

    How many days to the Po Fest?…you’ll have a great time Killer!* X…/ChW`

  30. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 11:35 pm #

    my favourite poet is ….Anonymous

  31. avatar
    Anonymous | 3 September 2007 at 11:48 pm #

    Morning sk, have you decided which 2 LCohen songs you’re going to play at the festival?? And since we’re talking poetry, can you write poem for us today? If you’re in the mood that is. And just one more thing, are the Church starting THE recording this month as promised???? (I know,I know, tooooooooo many questions that you won’t even answer, worth a try I suppose)
    Luv Amanda

  32. avatar
    a play for today | 4 September 2007 at 12:32 am #

    the day finds itself glorious,the sun in full bloom, the cup being not half,but almost gone,not quite full,in it’s gloom.the wine,dwindles,and the j’s are never long enough..on days like today…I am a poet..sweet beauty,,the longing,the lifetime of one minute.the breath washes through me,.oh,I’m so lost in it…..

  33. avatar
    JJ | 4 September 2007 at 3:27 am #

    Ah, Damien…Coleridge is one of my faves, and James Douglas Morrison. And a certain Mr. Kilbey. Take any lyric from Priest = Aura; it stands alone even without the music. With the music – well, taken to another level.

    Wish I could make it to Brissy…..I’d love to be in the audience. Funny, I was coming back from my “Labor Day” mountain retreat this weekend, and went by Carl Sandberg’s home in Flat Rock, N.C. I was truly amazed at how many people were there visiting his home; I didn’t expect a poet to draw such a crowd, and he’s been dead for quite some time.

    I visited Keats’ house when I was in the UK once. Asked directions from a girl in a local shop, and she looked at me with a most puzzled look, finding no recognition of the name at all; she didn’t know. Turned out it was just up the hill and down a side street.

  34. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 September 2007 at 3:38 am #

    5{tavio Paz:

    “Our senses
    our instincts
    our imagination
    are always a step ahead
    of our reason”

    John Ruskin also comes to mind, along with his paintings and treatises.
    Do all the greek and roman philosophers count for anything?


    PS The music fest “summer of love” in SF went malade…lots of political 1/2 hour rants between bands. ug.

  35. avatar
    PAGEY | 4 September 2007 at 4:28 am #


  36. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 September 2007 at 4:35 am #

    good afternoon Mr. Kilbey!…I do hope that you are having the most spectacular,and marvellous day!….are we getting another cyberspiece of you this afternoon?..Toosday blog,I can feel it in the winds…tis going to be a goodie!…xxxxx to you,as always,gen x

  37. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 September 2007 at 6:14 am #

    PSS Matt D, I for one would like to see more poetry…

  38. avatar
    Anonymous | 4 September 2007 at 6:44 am #

    NICE ONE,SK!..You are an incredibly talented poet..but your gifts of other arts,well,on top of that?..some would say that’s biased on the god’s behalf!…./jb

  39. avatar
    mtv | 4 September 2007 at 4:40 pm #

    coolest word groove… i like that.

    see you friday Mr Kilbey!

  40. avatar
    Anonymous | 5 September 2007 at 1:07 pm #

    YES! Bob FUCKING Calvert! You just made it all better

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