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The first poem that I ever heard Bob Bush read was a reflection on his father's life and the passing of a father without the words "I love you" being spoken between father and son. This wasn't unusual for a father and son of Bob's generation. What was unusual was the depth of the emotion that the poem conveyed.

 

I first heard this poem when Bob gave a presentation to a Club (Toastmasters) that we were both members of. I was impressed. My mate had talent.

 

It's possibly twenty years later and Bob Bush has already published four poetry books and a CD of a selection of his poems. He is a highly regarded speaker / entertainer and a respected member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (FAW).

 

 

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Bob writes rhyming poetry. He says of his work:

 

"My aim is to entertain by creating a story that the audience or the reader can enjoy. I first started writing poetry on a Simpson Desert crossing where I was the passenger in a convoy of six vehicles. I wrote about the days events in rhyming verse and would then relate them that night around the camp fire."

 

The Australian character shines through when Bob is talking. He is very much at home around a camp fire, country-style hat protecting his head from the Australian sun, telling stories or reading a poem in a relaxed laid-back manner - and holding a cold beer. His poetry sounds like a good yarn and the listeners soon forget that they are listening to rhyme and become enthralled in the tale. That doesn't mean that writing poetry comes from a relaxed state. Bob is a member of a writers' group and is constantly challenged by the group exercises that are set (often by him) and by his own drive to achieve that special poem that will make them laugh or make them cry. He enters poetry competitions to push himself further and he is constantly in search of valuable feedback.

 

He spent many years in a Toastmasters Club to learn the skills of speaking to an audience and to overcome the fears, which most of us have, of standing in front of a group and being the entertainer. Bob is now a highly sought-after Performance Poet and has a relaxed style in front of varied audiences.

 

"I would like to say that my work happens spontaneously but, unfortunately, it usually involves much preparation and much forethought. There is one poem that stands out as an exception to that rule, and that is The Journal. (You can listen to Bob Bush reading The Journal by clicking on the Play Button, below. Ed.) The Journal came to me in virtually one night and the completed work was not as I would have imagined when I started to write it. It was as if I was guided."

 

Ed:  Bob, do you have a favourite poem from another Poet?

 

Bob:  "The Man From Snowy River (Banjo Paterson) is probably a favourite. Mainly because of the movie and television series that supports it. Also, I have always admired the underdog, or the little fella, and enjoyed it when they finally break through."

 

Bob's choice of a Banjo poem is probably not unpredictable. Like Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson, Bob loves Australia and feels a connectedness with the stories of the Bush. He confided "I quite often get tears when I read some poems."

 

 

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And the final advice for the reader who wants to write and perform Australian Rhyming Poetry: "Work on the syllable count of your poem and read it out aloud to yourself many times over."

 

(Wayne – Ed.)

 

 

 

There are Audio Readings by Bob Bush below.

Change’ and ‘The Journal’)

 

OR

 

You can view a video of

‘The Ball You Cannot Lose’.

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright is held by Bob Bush. Reproduction in any form, other than for the personal, non-profit review by subscribers to the Reflective Bubble Magazine, is not permitted.

 

 

 

 

CHANGE by Bob Bush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE JOURNAL by Bob Bush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BALL YOU CANNOT LOSE by Bob Bush

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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