Continuing, he maintained the conventional media-television, theatres, broadcasts- had been conventional , cautious , if not corrupt , lacking innovation and originality . "I do not suggest that the readings every Friday midnight in the Café L'absurd can make up for the deplorable state, but they are at least a drop in the ocean , the ocean of commercial crudity and banality we are daily confronted with . As such they are and hopefully will remain a refreshing experiment . "
Café proprietor Michael Ahearn , photograph by Judo Gemes.
Poets who performed there included Rae Desmond Jones, Chris Mansell, Nigel Roberts , Richard Tipping , Anna Couani , Andrew McDonald and Cornelis Vleeskens . Interstate and international readers also contributed from time to time . Café L'absurd moved to Newtown and became New Partz, the Sydney centre of performed poetry.--( Ponsonby Willis special .)