Borrowed light

15/05/2011 § Leave a comment

I witness an experiential mirror
it stands in another realm – you see?

It makes me feel and think that I can touch what is of another space and time.
I have been and I have seen but yet hard to phenom that that’s all real.

When I can see the light of spring dawn into view of cyber cams
while I wrap anticipating winter’s chill.
I see fresh faced relatives in their morning light,
while I’ve just seen the setting sun.
They have just witnessed melting snow and freshly opened leaves,
while I prepare for winter’s rest, I smell their smells.

I am the foreign neighbour of their flesh
seeking refuge from orphaned life.


Thoughts of the week:

11/03/2011 § Leave a comment


Its not easy realising that you can never be happy in any one place.


I was talking ‘culture’ with someone the other day.
She thought it was knowing your history.
And I said that I had though it was so much more.
I said it was manerisms, cusine, the little things, the practical things.. I halted after I heard myself say
‘its part of your presence.’

Doesnt that sum it up nicely?

It seems innate, out of control and ephemral, all at the same time.


If the cycle of life states: you have to loose in order to recieve
then it seems that you have to loose some of one presence to gain some of another.

..that seems reasonable.

But then that also means that if you gain some of one kind of presence then you also have to….
it means you loose some of the original kind of presence.

..and that seems unfair.



The Herd

01/02/2011 § Leave a comment

“The Herd are an Australian hip hop outfit from Sydney. Unusual for a hip-hop outfit they have a full band format which permits more dynamic live shows. The Herd are composed of MCs Ozi BatlaUrthboy and BerzerkatronUnkle Ho (beats), Traksewt(piano accordion, clarinet and beats), Sulo (beats and guitar), Toe-fu (guitar), Rok Poshtya (bass) and singer Jane Tyrrell. Their songs often feature politically-oriented lyrics.


Traksewt (Kenny Sabir)
Rok Poshtya (Dale Harrison)
Ozi Batla (Shannon Kennedy)
Urthboy (Tim Levinson)
Unkle Ho (Kaho Cheung)
Toe-Fu (Byron Williams)
Sulo (Richard Tamplenizza)
Jane Tyrrell

The Herd’s first single to attract Triple J airplay was Scallops in 2001, a song about ordering food at a take-away shop. Later tracks included “77%” which featured the line ‘77% of Aussies are racist’, referring to the number of Australians announced in a survey that agreed with the Australian Federal Government’s response to the Tampa affair, and Burn Down the Parliament, which was to be interpreted metaphorically, but was released the same week as the Canberra bushfires of 2003.”

Source: Wikipedia!

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Books to collect

04/07/2010 § Leave a comment

by Svetlana Boym

– fantastic, has already seeped into the glossary definitions on the site.

by Michael Hanne

NON-PLACES: introduction to anthropology of supermodernity
by Marc Auge


by Kapka Kassabova

click here to play an audio file of poem: “My Life in Two Parts” HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Zim Poetry Slamming Strong

19/03/2010 § Leave a comment

From BBC Strand in March 2010: click here to listen

Vibrant piece from inside a cafe in Harare, a collage of interview and the poems performed. A place where pro government voices are not excluded, where everyone comes to have fun and to share.

“…so when people are coming out in these numbers, where there is really not much for a lot of them to get out of this, for me this mean its passion, and passion is something you can’t kill.” – FlowChild
“…because ideals are what define me not our P. I. G. M. E. N. T. our rivers will rise soon and then you’ll see!”

My favourite part here, ive transcribed for the day that the link no longer works.

Spoken word artist from Zimbabwe – Comrade Fatso

What’s my identity,
Whats my identity meant to be
Is my identity meant to be white boy from Zimbabwe,
Is my identity meant to be felt skins and rugby.
Or is my identity meant to be an English boy drinking tea,
Watching Arsenal on tv listening to rock and reg beats,
Shopping on Oxford streets.
Or should my identity defy expectation,
Defy nation,
Defy time and place
Defy class and race.

An Exerpt

03/12/2009 § Leave a comment

This is an expert from “Speaking in Colour, Conversations with artists of Pacific Island heritage”.    Here the conversation with John Ioane continues and is ended by a poem from Helen Shawn.

Taken from:

Mallon, Sean and Pandora F. Pereira. Speaking in Colour, Conversations with artists of Pacific Islandheritage. Wellington: Te Papa Press, 1997

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