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Bloom is a conversations podcast featuring interviews with people who have led meaningful, interesting, and flourishing lives

Bloom Nick Fabbri

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Bloom is a conversations podcast featuring interviews with people who have led meaningful, interesting, and flourishing lives

    Dr. Paul Monk on the 'Addressable You' in Lyric Poetry

    Dr. Paul Monk on the 'Addressable You' in Lyric Poetry

    Originally published with transcript at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/paulmonklyricpoetry


     


    In this podcast, Nick and Paul discuss:



    Poetry’s Touch by Professor William Waters and its influence on Paul’s approach to lyric poetry





    The ‘addressable you’ in poetry





    Reflections on communicative intimacy and the idea of authentic understanding between people in romantic or other relationships





    A number of Paul’s poems from his published works Lyrical Epigrams, All The Bad Things, and Delphic Deixis





    Paul’s relationship with Claudia Alvarez





    Artwork in the Chauvet Caves, and human civilization and beings across time





    Paul’s experience of being catfished, and the creative inspiration that this generated





    New infatuations, muses and poems





    Dr Paul Monk is a poet, polymath and highly regarded Australian public intellectual. He has written an extraordinary range of books, from Sonnets to a Promiscuous Beauty (which resides in former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s library), to reflective essays on the riches of Western civilization in The West in a Nutshell, to a prescient 2005 treatise on the rise of China in Thunder from the Silent Zone: Rethinking China. 


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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Dr. Paul Monk on Overcoming Cancer

    Dr. Paul Monk on Overcoming Cancer

    Originally published with transcript at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/paulmonkoncancer


     




    In this podcast, Nick and Paul discuss:



    Paul's cancer journey and the odds of his survival





    The development of immunotherapy and other revolutionary cancer treatments





    Cancer research and the medical establishment





    The examples and books of Jimmy Stynes, Lance Armstrong, and Christopher Hitchens





    Reflections on mortality, death, and existential meaning and purpose





    The impact of Paul’s cancer journey on his relationships





    The 2016 International Cancer Conference in Brazil, and conversations with Dr. David Speakman, Chief Medical Officer of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre





    Reframing one’s priorities after living with cancer





    Dr Paul Monk is a poet, polymath and highly regarded Australian public intellectual. He has written an extraordinary range of books, from Sonnets to a Promiscuous Beauty (which resides in former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s library), to reflective essays on the riches of Western civilization in The West in a Nutshell, to a prescient 2005 treatise on the rise of China in Thunder from the Silent Zone: Rethinking China. 


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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Dr. Paul Monk on Mortality and Meaning

    Dr. Paul Monk on Mortality and Meaning

    Originally published with transcript at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/paulmonkmortalityandmeaning


     


    In this podcast, Nick and Paul discuss:



    The commemoration of the dead through religious rituals, such as the Kaddish





    Representations of mortality, death, and dying as expressed in poetry and literature





    Why death exists in the world at all, as a function of life and natural selection





    The intersection of the biological process of death and religious rituals around and for death





    Concern for the dead in classical works such as The Iliad and Antigone





    Paul’s journey with metastatic cancer and contemporary literature on mortality





    Reviewing one’s priorities after confronting one’s mortality





    Reflections on death and dying through everyday encounters with our built environment, such as cemeteries





    Oliver Sacks and gratitude for the gift of life and consciousness





    Dr Paul Monk is a poet, polymath and highly regarded Australian public intellectual. He has written an extraordinary range of books, from Sonnets to a Promiscuous Beauty (which resides in former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s library), to reflective essays on the riches of Western civilization in The West in a Nutshell, to a prescient 2005 treatise on the rise of China in Thunder from the Silent Zone: Rethinking China. 


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    • 1 hr
    Dr. Paul Monk on the rise of Xi's China

    Dr. Paul Monk on the rise of Xi's China

    Originally published with transcript at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/paulmonkonchina


    In this episode, Nick and Paul discuss:



    Paul’s book Thunder From the Silent Zone, and four possible futures for China





    The history and legacy of Hu Yaobang, the "conscience" of the Chinese Communist Party





    The history of democracy in China, and the possibility of political reform or democratisation





    Xi Jinping and his designs on Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Tibet, and Taiwan





    China’s rapid militarisation under Xi, and implications for Australia and the regional order





    Exercises in thinking: adopting the world view and perspectives of Chinese communist nationalists in regard to the current geopolitical order





    The Thucydides Trap, and the prospect of conflict between China and the United States





    The COVID-19 pandemic and China





    The diplomatic and trade war between China and Australia





    Literature on the implications of China’s rise





    Dr Paul Monk is a poet, polymath and highly regarded Australian public intellectual. He has written an extraordinary range of books, from Sonnets to a Promiscuous Beauty (which resides in former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s library), to reflective essays on the riches of Western civilization in The West in a Nutshell, to a prescient 2005 treatise on the rise of China in Thunder from the Silent Zone: Rethinking China. 


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    Father Frank Brennan SJ AO on Faith, Law, Social Justice, and Australia

    Father Frank Brennan SJ AO on Faith, Law, Social Justice, and Australia

    Originally published with transcript at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/frankbrennan


     


    In this interview, Nick and Frank discuss:



    Frank’s early life and education in Queensland, and the influences of his mother and father on his life





    Frank’s ordination within the Catholic Church and the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits)





    The impact of Jesuit Pope Francis on the Catholic Church, particularly with regard to environmental issues





    The future of the Catholic Church globally





    Frank’s early work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in Redfern, Sydney, and the influence of Father Ted Kennedy on Frank’s formation





    The development of Australian land law, with reference to the Australian High Court’s Mabo and Wik Peoples decisions





    Practical policy steps towards Reconciliation, the Australian Constitution, and First Nations Peoples





    Frank’s work with refugees and asylum seekers, and his experiences in East Timor and with the 2001 Tampa case





    Migration policy changes for a more humane and ethical Australia





    Frank’s understanding of Jesus Christ, and how this has informed his work with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in our communities





    The daily work of a priest, and death and dying in the COVID-19 pandemic





    Frank’s views on education in the 21st century, and his hopes and vision for Newman College





    Follow Fr Frank Brennan on Facebook and Twitter


     


    Father Frank Brennan is a Jesuit priest and the current Rector of Newman College within the University of Melbourne. He is a man of many talents and interests, having worked variously as a Jesuit priest within the Catholic Church, a human rights lawyer, a professor of law at Australian Catholic University, and CEO of Catholic Social Services Australia. He is a National Living Treasure, and widely known to the Australian public through his long career of leadership and advocacy on a range of human rights and social justice issues relating to asylum seekers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, and the poor, vulnerable and disadvantaged both in Australia and abroad.






     

    • 55 min
    Benson Saulo on Identity, Faith, Family, Social Impact and Living Courageously

    Benson Saulo on Identity, Faith, Family, Social Impact and Living Courageously

    Originally published with transcript at: https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/bensonsaulo


    Benson Saulo is an inspirational and trailblazing 32 year old Australian, who has had a wide and diverse career across the social purpose sector, consulting, banking and finance, diplomacy and advocacy. Benson has recently been appointed as the first Indigenous Consul-General to the United States, where he will take up his post in Houston, Texas at the end of 2020 along with his wife Kate and daughter Anais. 
     
    In this interview, Nick and Benson discuss:



    Benson’s early life in Tamworth in rural NSW, and his early career in the banking and finance industry following moves to Sydney and then Melbourne





    The importance of culture and identity, growing up as the son of an Indigenous mother and a Papua New Guinean father





    Becoming a husband and a father, and the role of family in Benson’s life





    Walking the Camino de Santiago and the importance of faith, spirituality, and mindfulness





    Benson’s year as the Australian Youth Representative to the United Nations in 2011, and the powerful stories that have stayed with him from travelling around Australia





    The social purpose/impact space in Australia, and Benson’s work with the National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy and other organisations





    Benson’s appointment as the first Indigenous Consul-General to the United States, and his upcoming move to Houston, Texas to represent Australia





    The current state of affairs in the US, with the COVID-19 pandemic, mass civic unrest, and economic devastation





    What kind of an impact Benson would like to make in the future





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