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Note on the Poetry Launch

I went to Lynda Hawryluk's launch of Sub-Urban Poems, which was a nice, friendly affair all up, but with a really quite odd moment in the launch of the actual collection. It was launched by a poet called Tug Dumbly, who I'd not heard of before then, but who I think has an unfortunate stage name... anyhow he stands up, in front of people, a middle aged man in black, fairly nondescript in this environment, and he walks up to the little podium, taps the microphone, and begins to talk about the collection and Lynda, as you do in these things, except that after about five minutes he stops and says he is going to read a poem.

I thought to myself, Well, it's probably going to be a poem about Lynda or the book or some such thing.

But no.

It was just his own every day, average, a few moments of funny but nothing that funny quite long poem about a giant joint that had nothing to do with the book or poet being launched. In the end, he spent about twice the time reading his own poem that had nothing to do with Lynda or the book, than he did talking about either. It was just a bit odd, really, and like nothing I'd seen before.

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ashamel
Dec. 5th, 2004 06:49 pm (UTC)
Tug used to do weekly poems on Triple J, and some of them were indeed very funny. Sounds like a bit of an odd thing here, though.
benpeek
Dec. 5th, 2004 07:31 pm (UTC)
yeah, i heard he was on triple j at one stage. *shrug* however, have you noticed (unrelated to this) that triple j's love for australian hip hop promotion is making it largely unlistenable at times?
ashamel
Dec. 7th, 2004 04:06 am (UTC)
I must admit I have listened to tripleJ very little in recent months, although I don't think that's hip hop. Just me trying to reduce clutter.

So why am I surfing the web at this hour, when I should be in bed, reading about celts? Hmmm...
benpeek
Dec. 7th, 2004 04:14 am (UTC)
because celts didn't have the web?
ashamel
Dec. 7th, 2004 04:19 am (UTC)
No wonder the Romans did them in!

(Going to bed now)
joey_j0jo
Dec. 5th, 2004 09:28 pm (UTC)
He likes to spit whilst reciting poems. He spat all over my friend. He also wore green nail polish on his toes.
benpeek
Dec. 5th, 2004 09:40 pm (UTC)
ew to the spitting.
joey_j0jo
Dec. 6th, 2004 12:36 am (UTC)
=)
drjon
Dec. 6th, 2004 03:48 am (UTC)
Sounds like he needs Deconstructing With Extreme Prejudice...
benpeek
Dec. 6th, 2004 05:09 am (UTC)
ew. deconstructing.
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