Writer proves point

MONICA TISCHLER
Last updated 05:00 12/02/2013
Andie Spargo
GOOD HUMOUR: Andie Spargo will present his show There’s no such word as c#nt at the Auckland Fringe Festival.

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Andie Spargo's put pen to paper in the past 80 days writing a collection of poems, limericks and even raps.

The 43-year-old Glendene resident will feature in the Auckland Fringe Festival with his show There's no such word as c#nt. The c-word here being the shortened word of cannot.

He's using social media as inspiration for his material and aims to have created 100 different works in 100 days.

"I love having something to do. I'm not an outdoorsy person. I don't go jogging, biking, or running but I feel guilty if I'm sitting doing nothing," he says.

"I love to read and write. I got into poetry because it was something I had never done before. I fell in head first."

Mr Spargo is using statuses posted by friends on Facebook as inspiration for his poems and writes one poem a day.

He's written about body shape and not feeling comfortable in one's skin and peanut allergies.

"I wanted something that people could provide without having to ask them to do it.

"People write the craziest things on Facebook. There's a never-ending supply of inspiration," Mr Spargo says.

And there's another catch to his work - he only has 24 hours to write each one.

"Sometimes it takes me a minute. For example, I wrote a poem called I don't want to do this anymore. And that was the poem.

"Then some days, I write poems that are pages long. That's the thing with the creative process; when it's flowing, it's flowing. When it's not, there's no point fighting it," Mr Spargo says.

The idea of the 100 day challenge came about one Sunday evening when his partner Bronnie told him he wouldn't be able to write 100 poems in 100 days.

His show proves there's no such word as can't.

The Auckland Fringe Festival runs from February 15 to March 10 and is an open access arts festival.

It is a partnership between The Edge and Auckland Arts Festival and was established in 2009 to provide a platform for practitioners to present innovative work in an environment of artistic freedom.

Benjii Jackson from Elephant publicity says the festival showcases a diverse range of artists.

"There's a lot more comedy this year," he says.

"It's refreshing to have Andie and the festival will be an ideal platform for him to demonstrate how clever and witty he can be."

There's no such word as c#nt will feature a ukulele and a looping station which puts beats and lyrics together.

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