April 2008 Archives

Cottonmouth IV, Thursday May 8

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Shake the dust. Carnivorous wordsmiths do descend from the North carrying heavy hocks of text and the sharpest pencils. Vegetarian journal-keepers are rising from the South with their rattle gun airborne verses. And somewhere in the middle the omnivorous poets protect a Kashmir tract where cottonmouth children play in the thick grass. Word wars are afoot.

Where better to avoid the shrapnel than at a Cottonmouth Night? Speaking in radioactive tongues at Cottonmouth IV are Nandi Chinna, Luke Ryan, Jason Mills, Bec Giggs, The Ponies' K, Nathan Christian-Savage, Mathas, Gosia Basinska and Christina Chau with projections by Gian Manik. Mr. Sean Pollard (New Rules for Boats) bookends our program with two, yes two, sets of music. The typewriter wall soaks up more of your excellent words and prepares to write its Great Australian Novel. The open mic tests all your old diary entries and film scripts. We may well play another 1950s film about urban planning over your heads. Iron your flak jacket! Prepare the turrets! Get ready for the 8TH OF MAY!

Cottonmouth IV takes place at the Rosemount's Bar 459, cnr. of Angove and Fitzgerald Streets on Thursday, May 8. Doors open at 7pm for open mic registration and the night kicks of with music by Mr. Pollard at 8 pm. Bring us your zines, buttons and chapbooks, bring us your ears.

Cottonmouth Zine: Issue 3

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We sold out of copies of our zine at this month's event, so for those of you who missed out, here it is in the form of elegant bitstream. This month we feature contributions from performers, both past and present, as well as a few voices from further afield, who we're glad to bring into the fold.

Enjoy, and get your contributions ready for the next issue, eh?

Download Cottonmouth Issue 3 (PDF)

The zine was edited by Scott-Patrick Mitchell, with layout by Patrick Pittman and illustrations of foetuses and pies by Jessyca Hutchens.

Cottonmouth IV: Open for Zine Submissions

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Cottonmouth is a new spoken word narrative art project coming out of Perth, Western Australia. In an attempt to break out from the isolation of this far flung city, Cottonmouth has adopted a very unique format - it is part performance night, part publicaiton, part podcast. This means that Cottonmouth has, at its heart, a national perspective. Therefore, we are looking for national content for our zine. This zine is now open for submissions. There are a few simple guidelines:

  • submit two poems of no more than 60 lines each.
  • submit four smaller poems if they are no more than 15 lines each.
  • submit ficition or non fiction of no more than 1200 words max.
  • submit up to four illustrations in black and white, 300dpi and suitable for publication.
  • ALL WORK must be accompanied with a 50 word bio. please remember to include weblinks in your bios if you wish to draw readers attention to your work online.
  • each piece submitted must be in a separate attachment.
  • bio can appear in body of email but must also appear as separate attachment also.
  • rtfs, word documents and jpegs are preferred form of attachment.

Please include postal address if you wish to receive a copy of the zine and you're unable to attend COTTONMOUTH, which occurs on the second thursday of every month at the rosemount hotel's bar 459 on the corner of fitzgerald and angove streets in north perth.

Please email all work to info@cottonmouth.org.au and remember that this is a monthly publication, so work may appear in one or two issues depending.

Cottonmouth III: Return of the Pegs

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April's Cottonmouth was, we'd say, the biggest and best yet. And we don't just say that in terms of press release speak -- we packed the 459 Bar to its rafters once more, and the performers were uniformly wonderful. Sadly, this month you won't get to catch any audio or video of the performances -- for this you can thank your friendly neighbourhood thieving junkies, who obliged us by kindly breaking our car window and carrying all of our gear off into the night. A shame, yes.

Anyway, the peg line was back, and you were as mad as ever, so please at least enjoy this gallery of your strange contributions. I know I did. Full service resumes next month -- more info later, but ink May 8 into your brain planners, and we'll see you there. And to our thieves -- we hope you're enjoying the performances as much as we did. Come back any time!


Cottonmouth III, Thursday April 10

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Here at Cottonmouth we keep our copy of Strunk & White in a glass cabinet mounted on the wall marked 'break in case of alphabet hazards'. Autumn is such a season of word-ish profligacy and immoderation. And we're reveling in it. Thank goodness there's a Cottonmouth night coming up to pour all your corrugated, rust-pretty words into.

Cottonmouth III will be held on Thursday April 10th at the Rosemount's Bar 459. Releasing their curious voices will be our featured performer, Vogel-winning Julienne Van Loon along with James Quinton, Matt Giles, MC Able, Joe McKee, Rabbit Island, Braydon Harriss, Janet Jackson and others. Musical performance shall be provided by Chris Cobilis (The Tigers). The Cottonmouth typewriter wall returns, there will be buttons and press to buy and a cake to crunch. 

Doors open at 7pm for open mic registration, with Mr. Cobilis kicking off the night at 8pm. $5.00 entry fee. 

If you'd like to speak to us about performing in future months, or selling your zines and wordy merch on the night, it's easy: get in touch