Second annual ‘Odd Fish’ poetry slam a hoot | PHOTOS

The Odd Fish 2 Poetry Slam saw Kangaroo Island’s finest wordsmiths perform their work.

The second Odd Fish slam poetry event took place at Boomerbank Gallery at Pelican Lagoon on Saturday evening. 

Boomerbank is Indiana James' and Linda Jenkins' studio venue.

Indiana took to the stage to welcome the self-catering crowd of around 40, seated outside the gallery.

After all was said and done, Alice Teasdale won the coveted “Seal of Approval” trophy with her poem “All in the Mind” about a swarm of Ligurian bees building their hive in her bedroom.

The “Ray of Potential” runner up trophy was tightly contested with a three-way tie.

Musician Richard Glatz performed a topical and political number about the grass replacing nature at the proposed golf course just over the horizon from Boomerbank.

Richard performs

Jill Gloyne from the Dudley Writers did a wicked sonnet entitled “Let’s not Compare”, while young Rose Kemp recited her climate-change themed poem.

In the end, it was deemed the youngest should win and Rose went home with the Ray.

Also performing in the Odd Fish Slam were her sister Grace Kemp with her “Teen Crush” song, Ants Harris did a version of Humpty Dumpty cracking an egg on his head for effect and Indiana did a very short poem just to join in.

Last year’s winner Scott McDonald also of Pelican Lagoon performed two poems inspired by the Middle East.

 And kicking off the event in the difficult ask of first to read was Sue Merchant with her timely poem about proposed development at Sandy Bay in Flinders Chase National Park. 

Meanwhile inside the gallery, the poets could have taken inspiration from the “Something From Nothing” art exhibition featuring artworks made from flotsam and jetsam, many of them fish.

The hardy the stuck around for the open mic, which saw more poetry, another song by Grace Kemp and Indiana taking on the much-fraught subject of shooting kangaroos, while holding a wooden kangaroo head crafted by retired pelican man John Ayliffe. 

Indiana is hoping to make the poetry slam a regular occurrence, possibly twice a year. 

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