‘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.
- Episode 18 of Commonplace
- Talk by Terrance Hayes
- Asphodel, That Greeny Flower by William Carlos Williams
- Williams’s “Asphodel, That Greeny Flower”
by Ann Fisher-Wirth
- If You Are Over Staying Woke by Morgan Parker
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.
People have complicated feelings about rhyme. Today I’m looking at seven types of rhyme based on Poetry Foundation’s glossary to see how cringeworthy it really is.
- Marionette by Jessica Wilkinson (Vagabond Press, 2012)
- Broken/Open by Jill Jones (Salt, 2005)
- Revolving Days by David Malouf (UQP, 2008)
- Free Will and the Clouds by Rob Wilson (Grand Parade Poets, 2014)
- The Balcony by David Brooks (UQP, 2008)
- Scar Revision by Tracy Ryan (Fremantle Press, 2008)
- The Penguin Anthology of Australian Poetry edited by John Kinsella (Penguin, 2008)
- The Monkey’s Mask by Dorothy Porter (Picador, 1994)
Two larrikins asking what you’re into, Merlions toasting at your table, a pig showing off – Australia is pretty hilarious when you think about it…
We also talk about another Farrell collection, Break Me Ouch, along with what it’s like to move away from your poetic community after finding your place, and Corey’s upcoming visit to Oz.
When my friend asked me to explain how rhythm works in poetry I thought I’d have no trouble…until I opened my poetry encyclopedia.
- The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics
- Looking at rhythm and meter in poetry – Poetry for Dummies
- The Violence of Work – Geoff Goodfellow
- Observation – Dorothy Parker
- Mending Wall – Robert Frost
- Another definition of blank verse
- Heisenberg Saying Goodbye to Mum at Lilyfield – Luke Davies
- Sonnet 18
- Having it Out with Melancholy – Jane Kenyon
And if you’re keen, a little more on those fascinating names for feet and metre.
How do you tell a life story through a poem? For Jessica Wilkinson, poetry can go much further than straightforward biography. In this interview she talks about discovering Susan Howe, working with (not against) a self-confessed short attention span, and founding the fantastic Rabbit poetry journal.