Hollowed Out Lungs
(Released 27th June 2018)
When the writer comes to the page they do not just share words and ideas, they share the very essence of their vulnerable self. They open up their insides and ask the world to take a look. They allow themselves to be hollowed out and writ across the page.
The poems found on these pages therefore are the inner lives of writers Joel McKerrow and Zoe Boyle. They are the writings of their everyday reality. They are the hoping and the doubting and the shame and the courage poured straight out upon the paper. So please enter. Find your own yearnings expressed. For the knife that carves these writers hollow is the same that carves you.
Joel McKerrow's third published work of poetry. Hollowed out Lungs is co-written with Zoe Boyle and features inspiring and challenging writing from both writers.
"Hollowed Out Lungs holds the breath of two people – Joel and Zoe – working out their days, watching their God, learning their bodies, and loving their families. They traverse identity through encounters with strangers and friends. They dissect the very big things and very small things, calling on the simplicity of nature, of death, of children, of love. In an act of wild sacrifice, they have turned themselves inside out – their furiously working bodily organs spilling out onto these pages. They are in process, and they are proud of it. As you read the insides of these poets, may their holy mess enter into your holy mess. May they get under your skin and into your system. May they fill you with desire, anger, grief and pure joy." (From the foreword by Anna McGahan).
by Joel McKerrow & the Mysterious Few
Released in 2016 there is not really even a specific genre for what Joel McKerrow & the Mysterious Few created here. It could be called something like acoustic-driven, intimate, folk rock poetry; a mash up of Passenger, Sigur Ros, Daughter sitting beneath passionately delivered spoken word.
Whatever it is Joel McKerrow and the Mysterious Few are pioneering a unique meeting place of artistic forms through an explosion of poetic verse, impassioned performance, soaring vocals and intricate musicality. The songs/poems (or pongs for short) are both inspiring and moving, attention grabbing and thoughtful, articulate and powerful, in-your-face and under-your-skin. This is not just poetry with a thin musical veneer, this is music perfectly and intentionally woven in with spoken word.
Accompanying the lyricism of frontman poet Joel McKerrow is a host of musicians at the top of their game. Josh Furhrmeister (guitars, keys), Richelle Boer (vocals and guitars), Jhana Allan (Violin) and Leah Scholes (Percussion).
“...perhaps the loveliest thing you have ever heard. If you know the work of Joel McKerrow you expect lovely, you expect inspiring, you expect lump-in-your-throat beauty. But all that has been kicked up a notch.”
~ Indie-feed Performance Poetry Podcast ~
(Released 26th October 2018)
Hollowed Out Lungs
Live in Melbourne
Recorded LIVE at the launch night of Hollowed Out Lungs (The Book). This is a performative exploration of loss, pain, anger, doubt, hope, creativity and beginning again. Accompanied by Meena Shamaly on piano and long-time collaborator Richelle Boer on guitars and female vocals, once again Joel McKerrow pushes the performance poetry envelope in fascinating directions.
These Wandering Feet (Book)
In the frenetic restlessness of Western Society, our lives have grown too busy, our attention too lazy. We have lost the sacred art of being present — to the fire that burns inside us, to the wind that blows above us, to the water that flows between us, to the earth that stands below us. We have ceased to see the deeper reality, the ‘mountain behind the mountain’, the soul of our landscape and our connection with it.
It is time to open our eyes, to come to attention.
These Wandering Feet is a poetic exploration through the sacred lands of pilgrimage. Australian poet Joel McKerrow invites the reader to join him as he traverses outer landscapes from Australia to North America, Europe and the United Kingdom; while at the same time walking the inner landscapes of shadow and faith, doubt and light, presence and absence. From unfolding with the questions to wrestling with the unknown, it is a journey of depth into what it means to truly see and to truly listen— in a world that is always speaking.
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These Wandering Feet (Album)
These Wandering Feet is Joel’s second studio album, debut release with The Poatina Tree Label and first collaboration with Tasmanian based producer and composer Spike Mason.
An assortment of other musicians have come on board for this exciting project incorporating twenty two tracks of the passionate spoken word of Joel McKerrow with the beautiful sounds of piano, viola, acoustic and classical guitar, clarinet, duduk, percussion and trumpet. This musical score takes Joel’s inspiring poetry and embodies it with stirring melodies and wistful strings.
Written throughout a worldwide trip taken by Joel in 2012-13 the album is a poetic exploration through the sacred lands of pilgrimage. Wrestling with themes of spirituality, relationships, self-identity and connection to the land it holds out a challenge to come to attention to a world that is always speaking.
One Foot in the Clay
‘One foot in the Clay’ is Joel McKerrow’s debut spoken word album. Sixteen tracks, many backed by the breath-taking musical soundscapes of Meena Shamaly, this album captures some of Joel’s most profound and passionate spoken word poetry. From the spiritual journeyings of ‘Table’ and ‘God’, to the lamenting Confessions series, to the social wrestlings of ‘exile’ and the explosive ‘Boomsha’, this album will challenge and inspire and leave you with a deeper understanding of life and a greater yearning for something more.
Beyond Rhetoric: Writings in the Tradition of Kahlil Gibran
‘Beyond Rhetoric: Writings in the tradition of Kahlil Gibran’ is a book of poetic and mystic ponderings crafted around the story of a homeless prophet and those that gather to listen to his wisdom. It is a modern fable in the same vein as the work of the late poet and philosopher, Kahlil Gibran and brings together a critique of modern society with the whisperings of a new social and personal reality. Weaving together action and contemplation, the aesthetic and the analytical, self-understanding and social engagement, it is a holistic dive into themes of power, faith, peace, justice, truth, freedom and sexuality. This is a book that will touch more than just your intellect, it shall bring together the gap between your heart space and the actions of your hands. With stunning illustrations by Elise Hanscamp and foreword by Franciscan priest Father Richard Rohr.
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Maybe wisdom is recognized first by those who love beauty. We Franciscans frequently believe that beauty might, in fact, be the truest name for God. You will find such wisdom beauty here.
~ Father Richard Rohr ~