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Recently, I had the good fortune to be drawn as a 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize ‘wildcard’ poet. This meant that I was able to read one of my poems along with 29 other Melbourne poets showcasing their poetry at Melbourne Spoken Word Prize (MSW) end of year competition gala event held at 75 on Reid, Fitzroy North. Poets were shortlisted by gig conveners around Melbourne, with wildcard spots. Each poet was limited to one poem each with a performance limit of 3 minutes, and no props or costumes allowed. Five judges from the spoken word scene: Michael Reynolds (Passionate Tongues), Libby Charlton (Dan Poets), Michelle Dabrowski (Slamalamadingdong), Amanda Anastasi (La Mama Poetica) and Ebony MonCrief (Voices in the Attic) selected the best performance on the night based on a combination of writing and performance (MSW 2016). The event was hosted by Anthony O’Sullivan and Benjamin Solah is the founder and Director of MSW.
THE WINNER OF THE 2016 MELBOURNE SPOKEN WORD PRIZE – Kylie Supski
“The winner of The 2016 Melbourne Spoken Word Prize, Kylie Supski performing ‘Graffiti Walls’ at 75 on Reid, North Fitzroy on December 2, 2016 (MSW 2016)”. Kylie was certainly a standout on the night and well deserving of being the winner of this prize. Below is what Melbourne Spoken Word had to say about Kylie and the YouTube features her performance on the night.
“Kylie Supski is a Polish-Australian poet and spoken word performer. Kylie’s inspiration comes from her personal experiences, all aspects of her life, and the people she is surrounded by. Kylie is greatly concerned with using art as a method of speaking out about global economic and political inequality. She encourages her audiences towards critical thinking, and to consider the weight of their own powers as citizens with specific regard to the inhumane policies backed by the Australian government controlled by less than ‘The 1%’. Kylie however, enjoys a diverse repertoire and is passionate about exploring the beauty of being alive (MSW 2016).”
AS A WILDCARD POET READING MY PROSE POEM TILED ‘A GOOD CONVERSATION’
It was an amazing opportunity to read my prose poem at the MSW event. The Poet community was well represented within the audience, along with family and friends offering support to all the poets that read. I had decided before the event to just enjoy the experience, I was glad to be there and able to read, that was more than enough for me on this night! My dear husband, using my mobile phone kindly recorded my humble performance and is here below – NB: Apologies for the poor sound.
— A Good Conversation —
We talked about the-everyday-things, a catch-up conversation, mostly predictable, between us, as mother and daughter. Then I asked her, “How is work?” She surprisingly revealed that things were not good. After listening to her for a while, I realised that I had little to offer in the way of remedies or good advice, even though as her mother, it should have been expected. There was a sadness a feeling of helplessness within me that said I cannot make this right! She spoke of the challenges, she spoke of the injustices, she spoke of personal anguish, she spoke of disappointment, she spoke of sadness and grief. She just spoke. I was there to listen. I was grateful that, as her mother, I was there, able to listen. I saw pain on her face, heard it in her voice. I saw her relieved that she could share with me, knowing, without asking, that I would be non-judgemental. It was a good conversation. While her problems, concerns, and anxiety still remained, I was able to offer a silent assurance that no matter what, I will be there, that my love for her, my daughter, is truly unconditional. With this the pain slipped away from her face, her anxiety put to rest for another time; the injustices explored and clarified so that they were now manageable, and her challenges cast aside to be revisited at another time. On this day, her problems became smaller as our time shared together became bigger. It was a good conversation; a precious time between us as mother and daughter. – ο – Prose Poem © Karen Robinson - November 2016
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We really enjoyed the evening! A man came up to me afterwards and said “you made me want to ring my mother and I don’t even get along with her”. Just those words from this man made me think “wow so good to think that by sharing can get people thinking about their lives” – art for therapy at it’s best for sure!
© Karen Robinson – December 2016
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What an affirming experience. I am happy you got to participate. And your poem spoke to me as well.
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Hi Claudia, thank you for taking the time to read this blog. It is always so good to hear that my poem has had an impact and hopefully a positive one at that….warm regards Karen
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