Since their inception, cafés have been meeting places for scheming revolutionaries, rendezvousing lovers and the creative avant-garde alike.
A great café is more than the sum of its parts - a cup of coffee, a hot meal and a place to consume it. Whether it’s the décor, the ambience or something intangible, like the idea that we are more than what we eat, we need places that nourish our minds – not just our bodies. Thanks in part to the caffeine and people-watching opportunities, cafés are also stimulating places to work.
I came to The Moat Café as resident poet. Australian Poetry decided to give me the opportunity, over six months, to pen words at The Moat and mingle with the public (in an official capacity of course). The Australia-wide Café Poet program is doing its bit to reinstate the idea that cafes are important cultural meeting places.
The Wheeler Centre, which houses the AP office and The Moat, is a handsome 19th-century bluestone building. Sitting just above subterranean level, The Moat has romance - between the red walls and their slight revolutionary wink and the overall nod to nostalgia. If I squint, (and I may be taking a bit of poetic licence here), I can almost see the Stray Dog Café – a St Petersburg institution that hosted the Acmeist poets.
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Varia Karipoff will be the resident Café Poet from June through November.
May 30, 2012, 3 pm
The Moat Cafe
The Wheeler Centre, 176 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Australia, 3000
Come along for a relaxing afternoon in The Wheeler Centre’s Café, The Moat.
Current cafe poets will talk of their experiences and read poetry, and we launch a brand new cafe poet at the Moat.