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Interviews with poets from Australia and overseas about what they read and how they write.

Latest Episodes

Ep 119. Hypochondria vs Poetry

EI used to be (still am?) a hypochondriac. When I read Anne Boyer’s new book The Undying recently, I was reminded of some long months (years?) spent trawling online health information for a sense of comfort—and not finding it. In Anne’s work, I saw again how poetry resists the flat, reductive language we read and … Continue reading "Ep 119. Hypochondria vs Poetry"

23 MIN1 w ago
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Ep 119. Hypochondria vs Poetry

Ep 118. Alison Whittaker on First Nations poetry and unanswerable questions

E‘If this book can be a memory for us, then I would consider it successful.’ So says Alison Whittaker of the new anthology Fire Front: First Nations poetry and power today, just out from UQP. In this episode, Alison and I talk about everything that went into creating this new collection and why it was … Continue reading "Ep 118. Alison Whittaker on First Nations poetry and unanswerable questions"

48 MIN3 w ago
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Ep 118. Alison Whittaker on First Nations poetry and unanswerable questions

Ep 117. David Stavanger on community, self-care, burnout and dog minding

E‘The poetry community is a living thing,’ David Stavanger says. With all in-person poetry events on hold when we recorded this interview, that statement has never felt more true. David and I talk about his latest book, ‘Case Notes’, along with the joys and challenges of being a producer in the arts, the work of … Continue reading "Ep 117. David Stavanger on community, self-care, burnout and dog minding"

54 MINAPR 21
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Ep 117. David Stavanger on community, self-care, burnout and dog minding

Ep 116. Daniel Swain: Straight men, tarantulas and institutional absurdity

EDaniel Swain describes himself as ‘a gay man but also so much less than that.’ Self-depreciation aside, Daniel is just as funny and intriguing as the poems in his new chapbook You Deserve Every Happiness But I Deserve More. In this episode we talk about life in isolation, the absurdity of higher education, why straight … Continue reading "Ep 116. Daniel Swain: Straight men, tarantulas and institutional absurdity"

56 MINAPR 7
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Ep 116. Daniel Swain: Straight men, tarantulas and institutional absurdity

Ep 115. Michael Farrell & the swimming pool of poetry

EOn March 19th, 2020 I sat under a tree with Michael Farrell – one of the most influential poets working in Australia today. We were meeting at a strange moment in history, but spent a lot of our time laughing. We discussed everything from One Direction to the role of Catholicism in Michael’s poetry, the … Continue reading "Ep 115. Michael Farrell & the swimming pool of poetry"

61 MINMAR 24
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Ep 115. Michael Farrell & the swimming pool of poetry

Ep 114. On publication

EThere are as many paths to publication as there are writers. Still, I wanted to share the process of bringing my first full-length collection, The Empty Show, into the world. I’m not the best at discussing my own achievements, but I hope this episode is useful to those who want to see their own collection … Continue reading "Ep 114. On publication"

28 MINMAR 10
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Ep 114. On publication

Ep 113. Rejection.

ERejection is part of writing for publication. Here are my strategies for dealing with it, thoughts on how it can function in poets’ lives, and an example of how not to deal with rejection.

26 MINFEB 25
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Ep 113. Rejection.

Ep 112. Laurie Duggan: ‘Fragments, fragments, thefts and blunders.’

EI had the chance to talk with Laurie Duggan at the end of 2019 on a smokey day in Sydney. We began with the Malley poems (what else?). From there we covered how Laurie gathers and shapes his poetic material, what the Sydney poetry scene was like when he first arrived (and how he sees … Continue reading "Ep 112. Laurie Duggan: ‘Fragments, fragments, thefts and blunders.’"

63 MINFEB 11
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Ep 112. Laurie Duggan: ‘Fragments, fragments, thefts and blunders.’

Ep 111. Poems that got me through 2019

EI’ve keep these poems within reach all year. Here are my 2019 go-to poems and the reasons why they’ve been so important to me. Show notes Walt Whitman’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Ashbery’s Some Trees W. S. Merwin’s Berryman Hannah Gamble’s Growing a Bear and my episode about it Morgan Parker’s Now More Than Ever and … Continue reading "Ep 111. Poems that got me through 2019"

23 MIN2019 NOV 18
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Ep 111. Poems that got me through 2019

Ep 110. Elena Gomez on Marxist feminism and Friday Night Lights

EIn this chat with Body of Work author Elena Gomez (which also features my cat early in the piece), we dive deep into the thinking behind this intriguing collection. Elena talks about confronting feelings of perfectionism and inadequacy, the book’s relationship to technology/late capitalism, and breaks down what a Marxist feminist poetics might look like … Continue reading "Ep 110. Elena Gomez on Marxist feminism and Friday Night Lights"

49 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Ep 110. Elena Gomez on Marxist feminism and Friday Night Lights
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Latest Episodes

Ep 119. Hypochondria vs Poetry

EI used to be (still am?) a hypochondriac. When I read Anne Boyer’s new book The Undying recently, I was reminded of some long months (years?) spent trawling online health information for a sense of comfort—and not finding it. In Anne’s work, I saw again how poetry resists the flat, reductive language we read and … Continue reading "Ep 119. Hypochondria vs Poetry"

23 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Ep 119. Hypochondria vs Poetry

Ep 118. Alison Whittaker on First Nations poetry and unanswerable questions

E‘If this book can be a memory for us, then I would consider it successful.’ So says Alison Whittaker of the new anthology Fire Front: First Nations poetry and power today, just out from UQP. In this episode, Alison and I talk about everything that went into creating this new collection and why it was … Continue reading "Ep 118. Alison Whittaker on First Nations poetry and unanswerable questions"

48 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Ep 118. Alison Whittaker on First Nations poetry and unanswerable questions

Ep 117. David Stavanger on community, self-care, burnout and dog minding

E‘The poetry community is a living thing,’ David Stavanger says. With all in-person poetry events on hold when we recorded this interview, that statement has never felt more true. David and I talk about his latest book, ‘Case Notes’, along with the joys and challenges of being a producer in the arts, the work of … Continue reading "Ep 117. David Stavanger on community, self-care, burnout and dog minding"

54 MINAPR 21
Comments
Ep 117. David Stavanger on community, self-care, burnout and dog minding

Ep 116. Daniel Swain: Straight men, tarantulas and institutional absurdity

EDaniel Swain describes himself as ‘a gay man but also so much less than that.’ Self-depreciation aside, Daniel is just as funny and intriguing as the poems in his new chapbook You Deserve Every Happiness But I Deserve More. In this episode we talk about life in isolation, the absurdity of higher education, why straight … Continue reading "Ep 116. Daniel Swain: Straight men, tarantulas and institutional absurdity"

56 MINAPR 7
Comments
Ep 116. Daniel Swain: Straight men, tarantulas and institutional absurdity

Ep 115. Michael Farrell & the swimming pool of poetry

EOn March 19th, 2020 I sat under a tree with Michael Farrell – one of the most influential poets working in Australia today. We were meeting at a strange moment in history, but spent a lot of our time laughing. We discussed everything from One Direction to the role of Catholicism in Michael’s poetry, the … Continue reading "Ep 115. Michael Farrell & the swimming pool of poetry"

61 MINMAR 24
Comments
Ep 115. Michael Farrell & the swimming pool of poetry

Ep 114. On publication

EThere are as many paths to publication as there are writers. Still, I wanted to share the process of bringing my first full-length collection, The Empty Show, into the world. I’m not the best at discussing my own achievements, but I hope this episode is useful to those who want to see their own collection … Continue reading "Ep 114. On publication"

28 MINMAR 10
Comments
Ep 114. On publication

Ep 113. Rejection.

ERejection is part of writing for publication. Here are my strategies for dealing with it, thoughts on how it can function in poets’ lives, and an example of how not to deal with rejection.

26 MINFEB 25
Comments
Ep 113. Rejection.

Ep 112. Laurie Duggan: ‘Fragments, fragments, thefts and blunders.’

EI had the chance to talk with Laurie Duggan at the end of 2019 on a smokey day in Sydney. We began with the Malley poems (what else?). From there we covered how Laurie gathers and shapes his poetic material, what the Sydney poetry scene was like when he first arrived (and how he sees … Continue reading "Ep 112. Laurie Duggan: ‘Fragments, fragments, thefts and blunders.’"

63 MINFEB 11
Comments
Ep 112. Laurie Duggan: ‘Fragments, fragments, thefts and blunders.’

Ep 111. Poems that got me through 2019

EI’ve keep these poems within reach all year. Here are my 2019 go-to poems and the reasons why they’ve been so important to me. Show notes Walt Whitman’s Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Ashbery’s Some Trees W. S. Merwin’s Berryman Hannah Gamble’s Growing a Bear and my episode about it Morgan Parker’s Now More Than Ever and … Continue reading "Ep 111. Poems that got me through 2019"

23 MIN2019 NOV 18
Comments
Ep 111. Poems that got me through 2019

Ep 110. Elena Gomez on Marxist feminism and Friday Night Lights

EIn this chat with Body of Work author Elena Gomez (which also features my cat early in the piece), we dive deep into the thinking behind this intriguing collection. Elena talks about confronting feelings of perfectionism and inadequacy, the book’s relationship to technology/late capitalism, and breaks down what a Marxist feminist poetics might look like … Continue reading "Ep 110. Elena Gomez on Marxist feminism and Friday Night Lights"

49 MIN2019 NOV 4
Comments
Ep 110. Elena Gomez on Marxist feminism and Friday Night Lights
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