The ‘Fit of Passion’ Archive: the performance poems #7

Kim Downs, ‘Smooth Guys’:  For the Shy Boys.   Liz Hall- Downs. ‘Debeaked and Dangerous’. “I wrote this in the mid to late 80s.  Some hard times in inner Melbourne. Three minutes of urban nihilism, existential angst, squat and sharehouse fatigue, and a whole lot of unpleasant memories. Fake leather jacket optional. It was published […]

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The ‘Fit of Passion’ Archive: the performance poems #5

  Kim Downs, ‘Epitaph for Barbie’ “Inspired by a newpaper article on Barbie’s 35th Birthday, describing her many incarnations over the years and including some of my suggestions for further questionable sales tactics.”   Liz Hall-Downs: ”I wanted to write a tribute poem to women, and used the image of the hands of my mother, my […]

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The ‘Fit of Passion’ Archive: the performance poems #4

Two more pieces from the ‘Fit of Passion’ show. My ‘Bitchpoem’ always made an impression. I performed it regularly between the time of writing (around 1986) and throughout the 1990s. Oddly enough, I found both men AND women responded well to it. Over the years it’s been published in my own books, and in literary and […]

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Writing your Truth, Staring Down Censure

Recently, in an online women writers’ group I frequent, someone asked if others had experienced friends and family members becoming upset at things we had written and published, even when it made no mention of them, or anything directly affecting them. This sounded all-too-familiar, so I wrote this response: TRUTH IS … Before we couldn’t […]

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The ‘Fit of Passion’ Archive: the performance poems #3

Two more back to back performance poems. ’My Sister Has a New Set of Breasts’ was my early 1990s response to the increasing normalisation of plastic surgery being done to perfectly healthy, functional bodies. It poses the question, ‘If our bodies aren’t perfect in the way society currently envisions that notion, are we therefore unloveable?’ […]

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