But..... is it Poetry ?
On Sunday afternoon the 5th of November 5-7pm
In the Thornbury Local 635 High St, Thornbury
This question will be addressed by the Citizens Band (Anna Fern, Sjaak de Jong, Bernadette Brogan and Graham Twist) , jeltje + friends, George O'Hara and Marty Monstar
But... is it poetry ?
Do words set to music qualify as poetry? The original meaning
of lyrics is poetry accompanied by the lyre, that is, poetry
performed to music. Which is more important to the listener, the words or the music?
Are these lyrics from Billy Thorpe's 1964 hit 'Mashed Potatoes' necessarily poetry?
mashed potatoes yeah 9x
mashed potatoes yeah mashed potatoes oh yeah 3x
repeat all of the above 5 x
They might be labelled minimal, or sound poetry, but is it
stretching it to call these lyrics poetry? What about the songs of Bob Dylan
that earned him the Nobel Laureate for literature?
The Welsh word cerdd can be translated as both 'verse' and 'music'. Historically, the great bards performed their poetry with musical accompaniment. Music, poetry, spoken word and performance have been entwined for centuries, often as part of
more comprehensive rituals.
The increased specialisation of occupations within capitalist societies has included a separation of many art forms (composer, librettist, performer etc.). Various art movements, such as Dada and Fluxus, have rejected this process, viewing art as a creative process and way of being in the world in which we can all participate, rather than being the realm of the expert.
The Citizens Band will perform some of our favourite songs
that we think cross the divide of musical domination, into the sunny uplands
where poetry plays an equal, if not more significant role. We love the lyrics
of songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt, Elvis Costello, Patsy Kline, and
of course, Bob. But... is it poetry?
You be the judge!
Poetry and music – jeltje and friends
Performing poetry and music is like putting the icing on the cake… creating a sparkling setting for the words to come across.
At times, the music has influenced the form
of the poem, giving it, for example, a heartening verse-and-chorus-like structure.
times, the form was already there and the poem performed as a counterpoint to the music… it feels a bit like I’m dancing with words. Or the music comes in and out as short musical interludes, runs underneath the poetry, like a musical Leitmotif.
Unlike sound-poetry, which is often also scripted in one form or another, poetry and music, as an art-form, survives only in recordings.
However, the poetry holds its own, as text, in other publications.
My poetry has been shaped by the seventies
jumped off the page, to find a wider audience.
A recurring series of performances the first (inaugural) event
took place in the" Dancing Dog" Footscray Thursday the 6th of Oct
Next ......we went to ”Some Velvet Morning” Clifton Hill , Wednesday the 9th of Nov,"Bar 303" 303 High Street Northcote
Friday the 3rd of February 2017, than to Long Play 18th of April
The circus is currently in recess and will resume performances in the spring 2018
Come join the circus
Get some post-modern retro-sixties music, add carefully selected shades of poetry, flavour cautiously with dashes of DADA, a flourish of Fluxus and ... you will get a heady (but nevertheless accessible)
cabaret of the absurd called
Some Previous Events
2015 CD was released and was promoted in a number
of events during 2016 which will
also celebrated the 100 year aniversary of the birth of the DADA movement called
"DADA LIVES" (click here for details)
First one of these took place on the 5th
of Feb 2016 around 7.30 pm. (celebrating the first Cabaret Voltaire)
It was held in "Some Velvet Morning" Queens Parade Clifton Hill
The second one of these events took place on the afternoon of 23rd of June 2016 from 6 till 7.30
It celebrated the first performance of a number of sound poems
by Hugo Ball (such as "Gadji Beri Bamba"). It was held in the City Library
253 Flinders Lane Melbourne
There is also a new release of UQ (Unamunos Quorum)
Some Previous Events
Jeltje's Poem "Lifesaving Inuendoes" appeared on
which was launched at the 29th of Jan @ 7:00pm
@ Under the Hammer 158 Sydney Road Coburg
you can get copies from Melbourne Spoken Word
One hundred years ago the poster below signalled the first evening of cabaret Voltaire which was also the start of the DADA movement, come help us celebrate the anniversary of this event
In “Some Velvet Morning” 123 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill.
Soundpoetry at Sappho in Sydney
July the 16th
Featuring : jeltje, Anna Fern, Ashley Higgs and Sjaak de Jong
Launch of jeltje’s latest collection of poems, Princes by night
This was a joint launch with N.S.W. Poet Phillip Hammial as the Melbourne
launch of the books published by
Island Press Cooperative, in 2015.
Friday, 27 March, 2015 (6-9pm), Collected Works Bookshop
(1st Floor Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Tel. 03 9654 8873)
Princes by night
by Jeltje Fanoy ( Island Press Co-operative, 2015)
At the crossroads of myth and actuality, Princes by night is an exploration,
in poetry, of some very complex post-colonial realities. From the long-buried
stories of jeltje’s
parents and long-lost cousins, seemingly trivial accounts of childhood memories mirror what has been expressed, also, in more recent Dutch post-colonial histories of the
former “Dutch East Indies”. As the poems evolve, a light is cast, for brief but intensely lived moments, on long-ago, divided colonial worlds brought together within a
tradition of theatrical gesturing.
ISBN 978 0 909771 89 8
jeltje and Sjaak performed at the
Perth Poetry festival
from Thursday 14th August till Sunday 17th August