Join us for a night of women’s poetry from the Canberra region and reaching out across the world: the launch of Issue 2 of Not Very Quiet, a twice-yearly online journal for women's poetry, guest edited by Anita Patel. Features readings from:
- Anita Patel,
- NVQ editors-in-chief Sandra Renew and Moya Pacey,
- Canberra region poets whose work appears in Issue 2, and
- invited readers sharing the work of international poets from Issue 2
For Issue 2, poets were encouraged to respond to a quote from Arundhati Roy, (ending with the line "Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing") and an image of the goddess Kali.
As Anita says: 'Kali is known as a fierce and powerful warrior who slayed demons and danced on their corpses. She is also worshipped as a great and loving primordial Mother Goddess, Kali Ma – protector and nurturer. Kali is shakti (female energy) incarnate. She is the consummate representation of the classic power of the Divine Female – the power to give birth, to bring death and to regenerate. I feel that Kali is the perfect character to complement this quote by the writer and activist, Arundhati Roy. Another world is possible and we will need the indomitable spirit of Kali to lead the charge towards it and to dance on the corpse of empire. We will need the nurturing spirit of Kali to regenerate, cherish and speak our stories.'