FSP at St Peters Library: Saturday 4th February, 2017

Friendly Street Poets Community Reading

2pm – 4pm, Saturday, 4th February, 2017
St Peters Library
101 Payneham Road, St Peters

The afternoon features poet Mike Hopkins.  Mike’s poetry has been published in journals and magazines in Australia and Europe and has featured on both local and national radio. His chapbook, Selfish Bastards, was published by Garron Press in 2016.

Other guest readers include Jill Gower, Darrell Coggins, Louise McKenna and Ian Gibbins (MC).

You are invited to read your own poetry at the open mic section part of the program following afternoon tea, or just relax and listen.

Any poem read at the reading is eligible for selection by our editors for the annual Friendly Street anthology. You can renew your membership to Friendly Street Poets or join for the first time.

Supported by FSP and the City of Norwood Payneham and St Peters.

Bookings: 8334 0200 or online www.npsp.sa.gov.au/events. Click here for more info.

Poetry on the Fleurieu: Sunday 12th February, 2017.

Get your monthly fix of poetry down at Goolwa!

Signal Point Art Gallery Theatrette

Laurie Lane, Goolwa (between the Goolwa RSL & the old Goolwa Courthouse / Police Station).

Sunday, 12th February, 2017

1:00 – 3:00 pm.

featuring  Martin Christmas, who will be launching his new poetry book.

$5 to read your own poetry or FREE to kick back & enjoy the words of others. Raffles for book prizes.

This poetry event is brought to you by Alexandrina Council, Friendly Street Poets & Nigel Ford Life Poet.

For more info, including a map, click here.



TramsEnd Poets

TramsEnd Poets is a friendly poetry critique group for beginners and seasoned poets alike. If you love poetry, you are welcome.

Time:    10 am – 12 pm, third Saturday of every month, except December.

Venue:  Mocking Bird Lounge, 63A Broadway Glenelg 5045

Cost:     $8 venue fee that includes great coffee or tea

Contact:  Lindy Warrell on 0419 817 275 or lindy[dot]warrell[at]gmail[dot]com

Format:  As a critique group, we invite our poets to engage in a constructive process of analysis and discussion through which we can collaboratively learn more about the art and craft of poetry and improve our work. At each meeting one member will act as Chair to keep us to time and do a short, five-minute presentation on a favorite or inspirational poet. Then, after we read our own poem to the group, all members take time to write considered comments to share one-on-one with you (bring copies).  Do not fear, we do look after newbies and those who are unfamiliar with the art of critique, which, BTW, never means criticism!

Poem of the Month: Geoff Hastwell

Leonard Cohen Leaving

by Geoff Hastwell

Suddenly the air seemed so much colder;
Someone asked the poet about his heart;
“You want it darker, dear,” he gently told her,
“That dark is here now; now I must depart……”

Though ev’rybody knew this time was coming
For final summons on Apollo’s lyre,
Nobody heard the poet softly humming
’bout God and ashes and that cruel, bright fire.

He’d sent a letter to his dying lover,
The woman he’d known a thousand kisses deep;
Sad that she was weaker – he one other,
To follow soon for that eternal sleep……

Now he’s residing somewhere in the Tower,
In a lofty room he’d felt was undeserved;
But when welcomed by the Sun-God to that bower,
The poet accepts the place for him reserved.

And because we’ve had the honour of his singing,
And by that singing, know what truths remain,
We wish Godspeed to Leonard as he’s winging,
With Apollo out across the darkening plain.


Vale, poet, tho’ you might regret us grieving,
Still, sadness settles, as it’s wont to do;
A hummingbird ascends the clear, cold evening –
It’s Leonard Cohen, bidding us adieu;
We cry and laugh and cry as he is leaving –
Leonard Cohen bids us all adieu;
Leonard Cohen bids us all adieu…….