Here’s what I learned.
Talking with Jeanine Leane gave me so much to think about. We covered what it was like to study and write in Canberra in the 1980s, the role of writing groups in her writing process, the difference between racism and white privilege, the understanding (or lack thereof) of Indigenous Australians amongst settler critics and publishers, and the questions she never gets asked in interviews.
- The Ngunnawal Lecture 2015: Jeanine’s speech at the University of Canberra
- The Us Mob writing group
- The Distribution of Settlement: Appropriation and Refusal in Australian Literature and Culture by Michael Griffiths
- White critics don’t know how to deal with the golden age of Indigenous stories by Alison Whittaker
My favourite poem – ever – is Dorothy Porter’s ‘Lucky’. In this episode I talk about why it matters so much to me and what it is to have someone who’ll make you coffee while you’re trying to decide where the hell to put that line break.
- The Best Australian Poems 2007, edited by Peter Rose
- Dorothy Porter’s The Bee Hut
- A Deaf Rough Trade: Defending Poetry to ‘regular people’
- Michael Farrell’s I Love Poetry
- Audre Lorde on poetry
In this episode I get to hear about how Eddie made this hilarious and moving collection of found poetry, who he was writing to and why, and about his artistic influences. Billy Collins and Carly Rae Jepsen are also mentioned.
This didn’t feel like my first conversation with Newcastle poet Claire Albrecht. We started out with The Mighty Boosh and Atwood, moved on to Claire’s chapbook pinky swear, covered guilt and the writing life, the enduring comfort of Dawson’s Creek and Claudia Rankine. Somewhere in there, I remembered to introduce myself.
- The Mighty Boosh’s Killer Roo
- Morgan Parker
- Eileen Myles at The Wheeler Centre
- Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
- Anupama Pilbrow’s Body Poems and SEMIAUTOMATIC
- The sick leave reading series
- Claire’s poem ‘Annexiety’
- My chat with Melinda Bufton
- Jack’s kiss on Dawson’s Creek
- ‘Salmon’ by Jorie Graham
- Claudia Rankine’s Don’t Let Me Be Lonely and Citizen
- Claudia Rankine on On Being
‘Fuck you Adam Ford’ is a tough way to introduce yourself to your favourite poet. But that’s what my cousin, Bridget Mackey, ended up doing.
This is the story of a Canberra girl who fell in love with a poetry book – and accidentally ended up living inside it.
To kick off Poetry Says for 2019 I take a look at Kate Lilley’s ‘Pastoral’ – a funny, biting poem about maths class, movies and refusing to write about the seasons. ‘Pastoral’ is from Kate’s 2018 book Tilt, which just took out the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for poetry.Show notes