Interviews with poets from Australia and overseas about what they read and how they write.
Ep 150. Nerding out with Eleanor
My dear friend Eleanor Smagarinsky joined me for this episode, in which we gossip and laugh about workshops that work, workshops that don’t work, and the erotics of language. Also, James Schuyler. Show notes A previous chat with Eleanor in which I yell at her to throw her poetry books out. ModPo Brooklyn Poets Joshua … Continue reading "Ep 150. Nerding out with Eleanor"
Ep 149. Maddie Godfrey on teaching & joy
The inimitable Maddie Godfrey shares their thoughts on poetry’s public profile, what’s exciting about hearing new poets share their work for the first time, resilience versus joy, and what we don’t talk about when we talk about poetry.
Ep 148. Loki Liddle: ‘There are no Aboriginals in On The Road’
Loki Liddle is a self-described mischief maker, so I thought I’d I ask him whether he ever gets any pushback for not being ‘serious enough’ in his work. He also talks about satire, playfulness, the role of the MC, and how his poems have been received (and, once, totally misinterpreted). Before that, I go on … Continue reading "Ep 148. Loki Liddle: ‘There are no Aboriginals in On The Road’"
Ep 147. Dan Hogan: ‘Somewhere a landlord is kissing another landlord’
‘Work sucks. Do a PhD.’ So my big sister advised me, and I don’t think she was wrong (at least about the first part). In this episode I talk about grappling with work in poems, and chat with Dan Hogan about what it is to write against the backdrop of ‘multiple, overlapping crises’. (If someone … Continue reading "Ep 147. Dan Hogan: ‘Somewhere a landlord is kissing another landlord’"
Ep 146. Maxine Beneba Clarke: ‘Art does not live on art alone.’
I went into this interview with Maxine Beneba Clarke with a bunch of very earnest questions. Our conversation reminded me that it’s ok to have fun, even in poetry. Even, or maybe especially, right now. We also get into whether we need a poet laureate, what you can learn from bad poetry open mics, and … Continue reading "Ep 146. Maxine Beneba Clarke: ‘Art does not live on art alone.’"
Ep 145. John Kinsella on community & empathy
In my first interview for Red Room’s Poetry Month, I spoke with John Kinsella about why poetry needs many voices, the critical response to False Claims of Colonial Thieves, travel, how his thoughts on poetry and writing have changed, and finding empathy late in the game. Show notes ‘Graphology Endgame 100: I am a d******d’ … Continue reading "Ep 145. John Kinsella on community & empathy"
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The way Alice tackles poem readings is so interesting and her style is really personal and not academic or dry at all. The interviews she has are really interesting, it's fascinating hearing poets talk about the poems they love! Would recommend to anyone even if (like me) they're not a "poetry person".