August 16

Recent Work Reading: Phillip Hall and Damen O’Brien (with open mic)

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76 Alinga Street
Canberra, ACT 2601 Australia
August 16, 2021
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As part of the That Poetry Thing readings, join us at Smith’s Alternative for the launch of two new Recent Work titles:

Cactus: Throughout his forties and fifties Phillip found himself on a sticky wicket: the grief for his baby son and younger brothers, suicide attempts, self-harming, the premature termination of his career, and the failure of religious belief to explain or console. In and out of psychiatric care, he has been treated for PTSD, severe depression and social anxiety. There are consolations: family, companion greyhounds, Sunshine, the Western Bulldogs and Australian Football, books, the fine and performing arts but, for Phillip, this remains a time of loss and despair. This is, therefore, a collection of lamentations, achingly focused on what it is to live with poor mental health, but it is also a defiant celebration of survival and the redeeming power of familial love, sport and the arts.

Animals with Human Voices : In Animals with Human Voices you will find worms that dream of god, jellyfish weary of immortality, a powerless Superman, some illogical observations on aliens’, a lightning conductor tired of lightning and the truth about Elvis.  In multi award-winning poet Damen O’Brien’s debut collection, his cinematic eye and love of nature deliver poems which are ciphers for the normal concerns of every human: love, life and death and what we leave behind.

Live Event: Due to ongoing Covid restrictions, and to avoid disappointment attendees should book tickets with Smith’s at the link below.

Open Mic: Limited to 10 poets reading for 3 mins each. Spaces can be reserved on the night, or pre-book by emailing [email protected]

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