The must-listen to poetry podcast that finds out what goes on in poets’ minds and how they deal with writer’s block. Host Indrani Perera brings you interviews with established poets and explains the techniques used in writing poetry. For all those interesting in improving their craft or anyone wanting to learn more about poetry.
Episode 15: An Interview with Dominique Hecq - Part Two Winning Awards
Content warning: cancer, death, grief
Dominique Hecq returns to Pocketry Presents to share her experience of entering competitions and winning awards. She talks about writing in French and English, responsibility to the people you're writing about, the liberating effect of time, testing other audiences, the gamble and thrill of entering competitions, judges and the judging process, choosing competitions, feedback and review, rejection, vanity vs validation plus great tips for entering competitions.
Episode 14: An Interview with Dominique Hecq - Part One The Creative Process
Content Warning: grief, death, SIDs
Belgian-born poet and scholar, Dominique Hecq talks about silence and sunshine, prose vs poetry, the materiality of language, writing through the night, sequences and triptychs, getting stuck, rhythm vs images, sounds and movement, hearing what the poem wants, first drafts and mess, crossing borders of art and language, loss and grief, languages and translation, appropriation, imagination and creativity as well as tips for revising poetry and generating ideas. Dominique's recent collection, Tracks, can be purchased from Recent Work Press www.recentworkpress.com/product/tracks/.
Episode 13: What We Know by Kevin Brophy
Warning: this episode contains mature themes and parental guidance may be required
In this episode, we hear Kevin Brophy read his poem What We Know from the collection, This Is What Gives Us Time. We look at how the poem is structured and learn about the technique of anaphora used in the poem. Kevin's latest book, In This Part of the World, was published by Melbourne Poet's Union in 2020 and can be purchased from Brunswick Bound Bookshop.
Episode 12: An Interview with Scott-Patrick Mitchell - Part Two Getting Published
Content Warning: addiction, recovery and self-harm
In this honest and far ranging episode of Pocketry Presents, Scott-Patrick Mitchell takes great care in dealing with the issues surrounding the publication of their debut collection, Clean, forthcoming with Upswell Publishing in 2022. They talk about the Port Augusta train station and the Indian Pacific, the stars and writing your own creation myths, the magic of writing, coming up with your own language for poetry, homophobia and the publishing world, stage jam and sonically burlesque fringe shows, duty of care, gender identity and expression, grief and letting go, the ebb and flow of success and failure, the dangers of comparison and reading as a tool to develop care and compassion.
Episode 11: An Interview with Scott-Patrick Mitchell - Part One The Creative Process
Poet and spoken word artist, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, talks about page poetry and spoken word, memorisation and fragments, writing routines and the critical voice, movement as an editing tool, art as inspiration, writing for journal themes, LQBTA+ identity activism and archive, ecological disaster and climate change, always learning, honouring a poem's ecology, recognising the ummms and errs of your writing and a strategy to overcome writer's block. Scott-Patrick's debut collection of poetry, Clean, is forthcoming in 2022 with Upswell publishing.
Episode 10: A Guide To Getting Published
Editor of The Pocketry Almanack, Indrani Perera, gives indispensable advice and practical tips for emerging poets wanting to get published in literary journals. You’ll discover the biggest mistake made by emerging poets when sending in their work for publication and learn what you can do to make sure your work is read by the editors of literary journals. Visit www.indraniperera.com/subscribe.html to sign up for Indrani Perera's The Poet's Express e-mail newsletter.
Thoughtful and inspiring
Thoughtful and inspiring and in nice digestible bites. A fantastic new poetry podcast.
Moved and inspired
After recently reading some of Indrani’s work I was both moved by her words and inspired to explore poetry as a medium for my own expression. I’m looking forward to delving into the episodes now that I’ve been introduced through the trailer.