Robin Archbold will be one of the contestants vying for the 17th annual Lismore Poetry Cup tonight.
Robin Archbold will be one of the contestants vying for the 17th annual Lismore Poetry Cup tonight. The Northern Star

Poets roll up for Lismore Cup

FORMER Nimbin real estate agent turned performance poet, Robin Archbold, will be one of the contestants vying for the 17th annual Lismore Poetry Cup at the Rous Hotel tonight.

Mr Archbold, or 'Archie' as he calls himself on stage, is the current Woodford Folk Festival poetry slam champion, and was a finalist in the Australian Poetry Slam competition last year.

Two years ago he sold his 20-year-old real estate business and, after 'dabbling' in poetry for 10 years, he published his first book of poems, called Small Enormous Things, in August last year. But it is the thrill of performing, rather than the printed word, that really excites him.

“I used to read my poems, but what I wanted to do was perform without the safety of the page, which is a very big step,” he said. “It becomes a real performance.

“You have to be braver. I think I've got something to say and I want there to be the least amount of misinterpretation, so I try to deliver it exactly how I picture and hear it.”

Mr Archbold said his poems were about 'romance, road kill, love, sexual politics, suicide, snake oil, strange and perverted philosophy, vasectomy, tantric sex and human idiosyncrasies in general'.

Mr Archbold won the Lismore Poetry Cup in 2006 and hopes 2008 could be his year again.

The trophy is provided by The Northern Star and there are prizes of $200 for the winner, $100 for the People's Choice Award and several runners-up prizes.

Entrants must present an original poem in less than two minutes. Spaces are limited, so call David on (02) 6688 6485.



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