LITERATURE
Poetry d'Amour: Love Poetry Under the Stars
Japanese Gardens, Perth Zoo
Review: Emma Kroeger

Poetry about love is difficult. As a poet you are attempting to convey the most intense of all human experiences, something transcendent that every person experiences differently.

In addition, it is undoubtedly the most oft-broached subject throughout the history of literature. When the likes of Shakespeare, Yeats and Donne are among your predecessors, you had better make sure you're original.

When done well, love poetry is enthralling, but when it doesn't live up to the challenge it presents, it is difficult to receive.

Lovebirds and lovers of poetry gathered on the lawns of the Japanese Garden at the Perth Zoo for this second annual Valentine's Day event run by WA Poets inc.

The evening saw a vast range of poems and, indeed, of talent. While the evening got off to a slow start with an anthology of heavy breathing, microphone feedback and nature simile cliches, poets later in the bill redeemed the evening with some enthralling, moving and incredibly original material.

Perth's poetry stalwart and the brain behind the Perth poetry club, Jackson had the audience enrapt and chuckling with her trademark matter-of-fact delivery, while experimental poet Scott-Patrick Mitchell's difficult work soared, as always, into the stratosphere.

The true highlight of the evening came from Sydney's lyrical performance poet and winner of the 2012 World Poetry Cup, Candy Royalle. The entire audience sat in silent awe as Candy delivered her intense and masterful poems in an entrancing rhythm on the border of hip-hop, singing and spoken-word. Candy is well deserving of her own Fringe World slot and, indeed, her contemporary poetic stylings would be a welcome addition to any fringe festival the world over.

Poetry d'Amour: Love Poetry Under the Stars was held on February 14.

The West Australian

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