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Just recently I attended Writers Victoria’s workshop titled ‘Poetry The Foundations’ at the Wheeler Centre, Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne – Australia. The day long session was conducted by Ali Alizadeh – tutor. The workshop covered: “(1) what is poetry, and what makes it a unique form of writing; (2) what is contemporary poetry; (3) what are the most important forms of poetry in Australia today; (4) how to begin and complete writing a poem; and (5) how to find an audience for our poetry” (Writers Victoria 2017).
‘BOURKE STREET’ PROSE POEM INSPIRATION
During the second half of the day, we were given the opportunity to write our own poem/prose based on a selection of prompts given to the group by Ali. I chose ‘Bourke Street’ as this immediately resonated with me, as it did with others in the group as well. Melbourne on 20 January, 2017 experienced a dreadful road trauma event in the heart of our city and had deeply affected Victorians. After the session, I walked to the Bourke Street Mall where there laid thousands of Floral Tributes. It was a very sad sight and deeply moving…
After further work on my prose poem, I felt I had reached a point where no more needed to be done, or at least no more that I wanted to do. I titled the prose poem ‘Bourke Street’ and is featured here below.
— Bourke Street —
the news charged into my space demanding my immediate attention my response ‘no - not in my town my city’ screaming now from within me the memory of my son killed in road trauma my senses heightened I find myself again saying ‘no - not in my town my city’ this Bourke Street driver killed and maimed without a thought one baby one child and 4 others run down, slaughtered in my town, my city. Melbourne now mourns cries in disbelief while loved ones crumble in their despair yes — in my town, my city. - o - Prose Poem © Karen Robinson - January 2017
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To those who lost loved ones on that day, my deepest condolences. To those who experienced injury, I wish for you a speedy recovery, and to the family and friends directly impacted by this dreadful act – my thoughts are with you…
NB: A special thank you to Judy Bird who continues to provide me with ongoing support with my creative writing efforts.
© Karen Robinson – February 2017
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