Arty Farty with Cameron Semmens

Today a poem for you from Cameron called:  Let’s Get this Arty Started 

But First a bit about Cam:

Cameron is a Melbourne-based, award-winning poet and performer, with 15 books and 4 CDs of his poetry published to date. He makes his living through words: running workshops, writing books and performing live throughout Australia. Cameron is a ‘Vision Artist’ with World Vision Australia.  To purchase any of his amazing work click the link above and it will take you to his website.  

1. Poetry Performance

Cameron is a highly experienced and award winning performance poet. Doing on average 50 gigs a year at a wide range of venues and events, for adults and kids alike. So, if you’re looking for thoughtful, meaningful entertainment – Cam’s your man!

2. Poetry workshops:

Cameron regularly runs poetry workshops for children, teens and adults. So, if you’re looking for a poet to inspire and enable others – get onto him! For teachers: go to the Schools Poetry Workshops page. For aspiring writers: check out the Gigs page for workshops he himself is putting on.

I met Cameron about 6 years ago through at an event I attended.  Since then I’ve booked Cameron for many gigs that I’ve worked on over the years and have always been handstand happy with his ability to engage an audience and take you on a journey of laughter and deep thought.

Cameron is just an all round amazing guy, incredibly talented humble, happy with a touch of eccentric.


Here’s a Poem from Cameron for today called:

Let’s Get This ARTY Started!


Create a garden.

Create a community.

Create a culture of yoghurt.


Create a rhyme to remember your family’s birthdays.

Create a planter box for couch potatoes.

Create a gallery of broken hearts and Hyundai parts.


Create the permission to smile whatever the weather.

Create umbrellas out of aspirins and parasols out of ice-cream.

Create cubbies from cardboard boxes and telescopes out of toilet rolls.


Create jewellery out of cutlery,

make cutlery out of celery,

grow celery from the seed.

And don’t stop there!

Keep on going!

On through the far-reaches of creativity into ART!

Highbrow art, lowbrow art, eyebrow art, symphonies in cow farts.



It’s anti-glum fun!

It’s appealingly healing!

It’s a grief relief!

It’s a coy ahoy to joy!

It’s a humble stumble into screaming meaning!

And it’s surprisingly easy.

Turn that pain into paintings.

Turn that humiliation into humour and claymation.

Turn that cold, empty heart of yours into an esky

for the soft cheese of someone else’s hopes.

Turn the rubble of your dreams into landfill

for sculpting the dreamscape of your future.


Don’t be ruled by fear.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the right gear.

Just be curious!

Be yourself!

Be boldly vulnerable!

Wallow in wonder!

Linger longer

in the random, rampant spasms

of imagination!


It brings colour to black-and-white thinking;

it wraps sledgehammers in bubble wrap;

prune-like, it brings relief

to the cognitively constipated.

‘Cos if you’re not

truly expressing

you’re probably

unduly repressing,

cruelly oppressing, or

really depressing to be with.

From the bottom of my art

I beg of you –


like your life depends on it

(‘cos it does)


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