JACK RHYMES ABOUT TIME IN THE OUT­BACK

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE -

BUSH poet Jack Drake has found his home among the gum trees and leaves of paper.

In­spired by the out­back, Mr Drake en­ter­tained the au­di­ence at the Camp Oven Com­edy with his spo­ken word.

It was a rev­e­la­tion when he was in­tro­duced to bush po­etry and he has been writ­ing ever since.

“When I was a kid my dad bought me a copy of Banjo Pat­ter­son’s po­ems and I thought they were the great­est thing since sliced bread,” Mr Drake said.

Mr Drake grew up in New Zealand on a sheep and cat­tle property and came to Aus­tralia when he was 19 to fol­low the rodeo cir­cuit.

Last Satur­day was his first time in Mono­go­rilby and he en­joyed per­form­ing and work­ing with the crowd.

“Some people have the abil­ity to write a line that can lift the hair on the back of your neck and that’s beau­ti­ful,” he said.

“An artist uses paint or char­coal; I try and paint word pic­tures.”

PHOTO: KATHER­INE KOKKO­NEN

ARTIST WITH WORDS: Bush poet Jack Drake en­ter­tained the au­di­ence at the Camp Oven Com­edy.

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