Ep 41. The unknown poet of Malvern

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.

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Ep 40. Ellen O’Brien’s poem for late night Google searches

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.

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Ep 39. Rhea Bhagat on Dubai and Robin Coste Lewis

I had a lot of fun talking with Melbourne-based writer and spoken word artist Rhea Bhagat for this episode on Robin Coste Lewis’s poem On the Road to Sri Bhuvaneshwari. We covered plenty of ground…

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Ep 38. To get the news from poems

‘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.

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Ep 37. Magdalena Ball on Samuel Wagan Watson

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.

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