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Poems and their inspiration can come from many different places, reveals Adelaide’s Elaine Fardell in this week’s Poet’s Corner.

Inspired by a Poetry Reading
at Ancient World in Hindley St


Last Friday a performance poetry gig
Called “Draw your (s)words”
At Ancient World in Hindley St
I wasn’t expecting very much
But the venue, tiny and intimate in a recycled sort of way
And the poets themselves – shone out
So much so I felt moved
To write a poem of my own
Oh goodness
I haven’t written
Any poems since I was sixteen
(I won’t say how long ago)
But the night inspired me

Ban the bomb
Flower power
Civil rights
Student riots
The newsreels of my growing years flashed past
As I listened to the hearts and souls laid bare
Of a new generation who care
Diffident, powerful
Self-effacing, unafraid
In a world made ugly by greed and despair,
My heart was gladdened by poets who care.

Elaine Fardell is an administration & finance manager with an Adelaide printing and cross media services company. She has studied at the Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, as well as Open University, and has been a school librarian in Lennox Head NSW.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to A poetry book will be awarded to each contributor.


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