[title] – New Chapbook!

I wrote a little orange chapbook called [title] that I quite enjoy. It’s a collection of new poems for the page, with a throughline of the poet’s process, and attempting to deal with poetry’s innate inability to succeed.

I’ll ship it out quick-smart if you buy one! Just $10 from the Bandcamp page! Check it out.

-Scott Sandwich

 

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THE EPIC: $-for-$ MATCH Funding! Help!

Okay. So. It is time for this. It is TIME.

Design by Desmond Tan

THE EPIC – Design by Desmond Tan

The full length show THE EPIC is finally here! Myself and Finn O’Branagain have been putting this show together over the last two years and now we’re launching it as part of The Blue Room Theatre’s season, in June, in Perth, WA – before looking to tour it allllll over the place. So it is going to be on stage… but only with your help. Spiritually, and monetarily. Luckily we’ve also scored MATCH funding for it thanks to Creative Partnerships… So if you donate $50, we get $100!

We’re just looking for $4000 to cover all our costs and pay all our related creatives (including our designer Desmond Tan, our dramaturg/mentors Jeffrey Jay Fowler & Andrea Gibbs, our publicist Very Serious… So please help us make this show totally badass.

CLICK HERE and check out our pitch! Take a reward! Receive updates. All that.

– Scott Sandwich

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Poem: Trees & The Environment

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Trees are pretty weird, don’t you think?

(How’s this poem going so far? Off to a good start? I mean, I know it’s a bit of a vague introduction, and I haven’t rhymed yet, but it’s only the first line, so… just go with it. I promise I’ll explain the whole tree thing. Wait, let me start again.)

Trees are weird.

One of the most magical things I’ve ever seen was my nephew, at the age of two, discovering his hands for the first time. Gorgeous. I remember it so well. It happened when he was playing with this little toy blue steamroller he got at Christmas, and it rolled just out of reach. And he stretched his right arm out in front of himself, then stopped, and I saw his eyes go wide, and he just… stopped.

He drew his right hand closer to his face. He slowly turned it around. He wiggled his thumb. He wiggled each finger. He kept turning it over. And he made this really strange sound, like “wa wa wa”, which is the kind of sound that you’d find in a terrible daytime science fiction movie without a budget for sound designer. “Wa wa wa”. You know the one. Anyway, he started making this sound and making a fist and unclenching, and going “Wa wa wa”.

And I heard him, and said, “Figberry”, which was his name. His entire life is a joke now, by the way. Who knows what my sister was thinking when she named him. “Figberry” I said, again, “What is it Figberry?” as if I was talking to a dog.

But I wasn’t talking to a dog. I was talking to a child. But I treat Figberry like a dog because children at that age are total idiots and I have no respect for them. People keep telling me that children are the future, but I’d prefer to leave the future up to people who are a little bit older and a little more experienced.

Now, at that moment, “Wa wa wa”, he realised he had two of these magical freaky things on the ends of his arms that he could control. So he pulled his left arm up off the ground, but he forgot that his left arm was helping him sit upright and he fell over and hit his head and started crying, and I, obviously, started laughing saying “Figberry! Oh, Figberry you piece of shit!”

Now, I should point a couple of things:

The first thing is that I realise I promised to explain why trees are weird, but I got sidetracked. I will probably never mention trees again, so don’t hold your breath.

The second thing is that I didn’t actually laugh and call Figberry a piece of shit. In fact, Figberry isn’t even his real name. Come to think of it, I don’t even have a nephew. I do have a sister though, and she’s in love, so there’s definitely potential for a child. So I’m not a total liar.

Thirdly, and most importantly, poetry can be a lie. But even during the lie, it can mean something.

Fourthly, this particular poem does not mean anything. And I’m sorry about that. I think. Actually, I don’t care.

Fifthly, trees are weird. And I don’t think I have to justify that. We all know that trees are weird. They’re an actual living organism, that can’t talk, and they’re made of wood, and they have leaves on them, and we didn’t build them, and we turn them into paper, and we turn them into matches, and we use matches to start fires using bits of other trees.

Now if that isn’t poetry, then what is?

– Scott Sandwich

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Upcoming Gig: Sydney Festival’s Late Night Library

I’ll be performing at SlamRant, as part of Late Night Library for Sydney Festival on January 20th (7-8pm)! I have no idea what I’m performing yet, but it will sound a lot like me.
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Good things come in threes. Three slam poets and three ranters will lay down rhymes and reason that will have you laughing at the world at the same time as you curse it at this special edition of Late Night Library at the Sydney Festival Village. Featuring hosts David Henley (Art Director and Producer of Seizure) and Zohab Zee Khan (Australian Poetry Slam National Champion) as well as slammers, Sarah Connor and Scott Sandwich and ranters, Zoe Norton Lodge and Sunil Badami. Visit the Sydney Festival page for more information!

– Scott Sandwich

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Obscure Music History update: Sallow – “Leave A Glass Of Whiskey For Santa” (1942)

And you thought Christmas only came once a year? Not when there are so many members in the band! Check out the seminal Sallow recording, from 1942 – “Leave A Glass Of Whiskey For Santa (Leave The Bottle Out For Me)”!

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Special thanks to Ellie Downing for helping me find this track from the archives and digitising it.

– Scott Sandwich

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Obscure Music History update: Sallow – “The Fourth Wise Man” (1971)

Because one holiday song isn’t enough to listen to on loop… check out this 1971 zinger from Sallow – “The Fourth Wise Man”!

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– Scott Sandwich

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Obscure Music History update: Sallow – “Lost In December” (2001)

Not sure how your holiday season is going, but it probably can’t be as bad as this hidden Christmas gem from the ultimate elusive musician Sallow. Check out the 2001 single ‘Lost In December’ here!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

– Scott Sandwich

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