Even the editors of poetry anthologies feel uncomfortable about the format at times. I’ve now discovered there’s at least one poet, maybe still living somewhere in Melbourne, who’s happy to take matters into their own hands.
- Black Inc’s Best Australian Poems 2013 edited by Lisa Gorton
- Post It by Gig Ryan published in Cordite
As a First Nations poet, Ellen O’Brien says Alison Whittaker’s poem ‘Willi Willi Will I’ from Lemons in the Chicken Wire speaks directly to her experience of doing late night research into family history. We take a close look at the poem before getting into questions about making compromises in writing, finding your primary motivation, accepting rejection and whether ‘bad’ poetry exists.
Keep an eye out for Ellen’s work in the upcoming Indigenous issue of Rabbit.
- Rhea’s article Daba (excerpt) from The Lifted Brow’s Capital issue
- Rhea’s Overland piece Cashmere and the politics of the brown body
- Typecast as a terrorist by Riz Ahmed
- Azai Ansari’s Master of None
- Nas’s Illmatic
- Beyonce’s Lemonade
- Kendrick Lamar’s Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe
- The Moth
- We Run with Wolves – Melbourne Spoken Word
- Robin Coste Lewis in The New Yorker
- The Sable Venus. An Ode
- Trevor Noah on Trump as ‘the perfect African president’
‘It is difficult to get the news from poems yet men die every day for lack of what is found there.’ A few thoughts on poetry and the news along with a must-listen poetry podcast.
Compulsive reader (and ModPo classmate) Magdalena Ball chats with me about the event that stopped her latest novel in its tracks and resulted in her new collection of poetry – Unmaking Atoms. We also take a close look at Samuel Wagan Watson’s intriguing poem A one ended boomerang.