10 episodes

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

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

    Ep 125. Letter from Melbourne

    Ep 125. Letter from Melbourne

    Mid-August, 2020. Some thoughts on energy, podcasting, poetry, the news, and why I dropped out of journalism school. Show notes The Poetry Gods Ocean Vuong ‘Extraordinary Voices for Extraordinary Times’ Ep 1. with Ellen van Neerven and Eunice Andrada If You Are Over Staying Woke by Morgan Parker Self-Portrait as Kendrick Lamar, Laughing to the … Continue reading "Ep 125. Letter from Melbourne"

    • 14 min
    Ep 124. Gayatri Nair reports from Western Sydney

    Ep 124. Gayatri Nair reports from Western Sydney

    Gayatri Nair is one of the many women of colour who are part of Sweatshop—a literacy movement out of Western Sydney that aims to empower ‘culturally and linguistically diverse communities through reading, writing and critical thinking’. We talk about how a community like this can support new writers, why critical feedback on your work is … Continue reading "Ep 124. Gayatri Nair reports from Western Sydney"

    • 38 min
    Ep 123. ‘What was terrible was simple.’

    Ep 123. ‘What was terrible was simple.’

    I discovered Hilda Morley and her poem ‘Song of the Terrible‘ while hunting for something else, but this was exactly the poem I needed in the moment I found it. It reminds me of one of my favourite sayings: ‘Relax. Nothing is under control.’

    • 17 min
    Ep 122. Antonia Pont: ‘Pessimism is very imprecise.’

    Ep 122. Antonia Pont: ‘Pessimism is very imprecise.’

    Every interview I do for this show offers its own rewards. Speaking with Antonia Pont, I got to hear a message of truly radical gentleness that helped me turn the corner out of a recent stretch of darkness. We also ate whiskey cake. Antonia’s stunning new book, You Will Not Know In Advance What You’ll … Continue reading "Ep 122. Antonia Pont: ‘Pessimism is very imprecise.’"

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    Ep 121. ‘Are all poets depressed?’

    Ep 121. ‘Are all poets depressed?’

    The other side of having a border collie brain is, occasionally, having to look after ‘the black dog’. In this episode I look at the persistent myth that being a poet is somehow connected to poor mental health. Show notes Quora: ‘Do poets get depression or do depressed people write poetry?‘ ‘30 depression poems to … Continue reading "Ep 121. ‘Are all poets depressed?’"

    • 17 min
    Ep 120. Ellen van Neerven: Love poems, comfort and writing ‘Throat’

    Ep 120. Ellen van Neerven: Love poems, comfort and writing ‘Throat’

    Mununjali author Ellen van Neerven’s new collection Throat, just out from UQP, has incredible breadth. The book moves from themes of love, sexuality and gender to ideas like ecopoetry, queer elders and the exchange of power between writer and reader. In this conversation we touch on all those ideas, always returning to the question of … Continue reading "Ep 120. Ellen van Neerven: Love poems, comfort and writing ‘Throat’"

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

JoanMCT ,

Melbournite

Love it. It is just beautifully done. So elequent & thoughtful. Thank you so much for giving us this. Keep up the great work.

Brooklynpoet ,

Wonderful

I highly recommend Alice's wonderful world of poetry. She opens a welcoming door to all!!

mechamoth ,

Lovely, personal, enlightening

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".

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