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FSP City Meeting, 7 June 2016: Gala Launch of Anthology #40

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The FSP June City Meeting will be devoted to the launch of Friendly Street Poets Anthology 40 “Many Eyes, Many Voices” edited by Murray Alfredson and Margaret Clark. 

To mark the auspicious occasion of 40 years of continuous publication of Friendly Street Poets, the collection will be launched by FSP founding member, Richard Tipping.

Consequently, there will be no open mic at this meeting!

Please bring along a small plate of food or non-alcoholic drink to share.

Copies of the new Anthology will be available on the night for $25 (cash sales only).

Doors open at 6:00 pm for a 6:30 pm start at our usual venue:
SA Writers’ Centre
2nd Floor, 187 Rundle St, Adelaide, SA 5001

Poem of the Month: April 2016

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The FSP Poem of the Month selected from the April readings by editors Edie Eicas and David Harris is Screaming At The Ceiling by Nigel Ford.


Screaming At The Ceiling

I’m standing in the middle of the room
fists clenched
muscles tensed
unable and unwilling
to stop myself screaming at the ceiling
in my frustration at the unfairness of it all
not knowing which way my divided loyalties should fall
with my Mum under an imminent death sentence
and my daughter so very heavily pregnant.
Do I stay or do I go?
I’ve got no idea, I just don’t know.
So I’m standing in the middle of the room
brain stunned
mind numbed
wishing and needing
to stop myself screaming at the ceiling
and make the decision to go or stay
a choice to be made almost right away.
Then my Mum said,
‘You’ve missed out on so much already
you’ve missed out on being a real daddy
so you’ve got to go son
be with your girl and her new born one
then take a good photo and send it back to me
so Great Grandpa can hold it up for me to see
and although I won’t be there to share the celebration
I’ll die content knowing there was a new generation.’

Then that next week when my mum passed away
and my daughter lost her baby the very next day
I found myself standing in the middle of the room
Fists Clenched
Muscles Tensed
Brain Stunned
Mind Numbed
Unable and Unwilling
To Stop Myself Screaming At The Ceiling.

Nigel Ford © 2016

Pic courtesy of Martin Christmas

Editors’ Blog #4

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Our 2016 Anthology Editors, Edie Eicas and David Harris, have a new blog post as they reflect on the interactions between author and reader.  You can read it here.

Join FSP for 2016!

FSP Membership fees are now due for 2016!

$25/$15 for the year gives you eligibility for publication in the annual FSP Anthology, competitions, and other FSP activities. Most importantly, your fees are essential in keeping FSP running on only its own resources. For an additional $40/year, you can have a subscription for a full year of door-entry fees.

Follow this link for details and membership forms.

FSP Featured Poet Series @ The Halifax Cafe, 25th May 2016: Jill Jones & Thom Sullivan

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Leading off the return series of FSP Featured Poets at the wonderful Halifax Cafe, two of Adelaide’s best known and successful poets, Jill Jones and Thom Sullivan.

Jill Jones has published nine books of poetry, and a number of chapbooks. Her latest books are Breaking the Days (Whitmore Press), and The Beautiful Anxiety (Puncher and Wattmann), which won the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry. Her work is represented in a number of major anthologies including the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian LiteratureThe Turnrow Anthology of Contemporary Australian Poetry and The Penguin Anthology of Australian PoetryHer poems have been translated into a number of languages including Chinese, French, Czech and Spanish. She is a member of the J.M. Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice, University of Adelaide.

Thom Sullivan grew up on a farm in Wistow/Bugle Ranges in the Adelaide Hills. He had a short collection of poems, Airborne, published in FSP New Poets 14 (Wakefield, 2009). Since then he has edited or co-edited seven published books of poetry. Most recently, his poems have appeared in The Best Australian Poems 2014The Best Australian Poems 2015Australian Love Poems, and as part of Australian Book Review’s “States of Poetry” series. He was a featured writer at Adelaide Writers’ Week in 2016. Website: thomsullivanpoet.com Twitter: @thomsullivansa.

Come early, stay late, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere, excellent food and a most fitting range of beverages offered by the Halifax Cafe. Support the venues that support poetry!

Poetry goes from about 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm.

Halifax Cafe
187 Halifax St, Adelaide SA 5001.