Zoomuse with Mardijah Simpson
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About the event
Enjoy poetry in its finest, and listen to your brothers and sisters reading their poems. Upcoming Fridays join poetry readings from Subud members all over the world. Emmanuel Williams, Renata Reid, Colin Oliver, Daphne Alexopoulou, Rasunah Marsden, Paul Nelson, Miranda Hampton, Reynold Weissinger, Harris Smart, Marius Grose, and many more will give you a Poetry special in a new way.
Every week another poet will read his poems live on Zoom and each will share their work for around 20 minutes.
Saturday, 1 August, the Poet will be Mardijah Simpson
"I found Subud in London and was opened there in 1964. Came to Sydney, Australia with my family in 1970. I have been involved in community development projects professionally. Served as a local helper, National helper, with ISC, editing Subud News and on the World Congress team when it was in Sydney and as International Helper over the years.
I have always loved reading and writing. I moved to Central Australia in 1996 and was involved with a dynamic writers group helping form a publishing enterprise - Ptilotus Press. My work was published in our anthologies: Living Room,The Milk in the Sky and Fishtails in the Dust. I have also had poetry published in Shifting Ground, Poets Union Anthologies, SWIM Anthologies, Landmark, Northern Perspective, Yellow Moon and Overland. Plus broadcast on Radio National's Poetica, read at Darwin Writer Festival, Alice Springs Writers Festival and Varuna, in the Blue Mountains. Now I live in the green river delta of the Shoalhaven in southern New South Wales."
Sample Poem - (in memory of Ramdahn Simpson)
Farewell to a Mariner
Last night the sun set and the moon rose
sailing the soft ocean of the western skies
fragile as a Viking ship carved from a walrus tusk
carrying your warrior's soul to safe harbour.
Last year I planted jacarandas: seed children of your tree
in memory - to mark each corner of your green land
then rode the descendant of a Dyak death ship
up the green arterial waterworld of your lagoon.
Two years back I launched your husk snug in its craft
into the arms of the silver sand beside the big blue bay
but in my heart I saw the proud black prow bursting the
waves as the flames waved farewell to your soaring spirit.
Next year I will go to the beach where our children played
fold a flotilla of paper boats (remember the story?)
wax night lights for cargo. Lit and launched at dusk
they will jewel the velvet sea until they burn and drown.
- Mardijah Simpson
Do you want to take part?
Please register and you will then receive the invitation link for the live Zoom Call.
Find your local time here:
Los Angeles - Friday, July 31th - 9 pm
Sydney / Australia - Saturday, August 1st - 2 pm
London - Saturday, August 1st - 5 am