In this conversation, Chris Wallace-Crabbe discusses his latest collection, Rondo, which brings together around a decade’s worth of new writing. He talks about how the collection tracks parts of his family history, the use of language that defines his work, his experiences as an Australian poet living in the US, and how poems come to him.
My dear friend Eleanor Smagarinsky is one of the most dillegent readers I know. In this episode, we talk through the books she’s considering letting go of, but none of these decisions are easy…
- Poems by Elizabeth Bishop
- The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition by M.H. Abrams
- Shakespeare’s Metrical Art by George T. Wright
- The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood by Patricia Dienstfrey (Ed), Brenda Hillman (Ed) & Rachel Blau DuPlessis (Contributor)
- Midwinter Day and The Helens of Troy, NY and The Desires of Mothers to Please Others in Letters by Bernadette Mayer
- Aerial: The Restored Edition by Sylvia Plath
- Blackacre by Monica Youn
- The Wrong House: The Architecture of Alfred Hitchcock by Steven Jacobs
- Lisa Robertson
- Laynie Brown
- Dorothea Laskey
- Eros the Bittersweet and The Beauty of the Husband
- Poetry, etcetera: Cleaning House by Jacques Roubaud
Through making 100 episodes of Poetry Says I’ve had the chance to talk to almost 50 poets from Australia and elsewhere about how they work and the poets they love. Louise Carter was one of the first to take a chance on my new venture (and since came back for a repeat visit!).
In this episode she turns the tables on me and we talk about putting together our first collections, trying/failing to be Helen Garner, gradually becoming more visible, and our disproportionate reactions to office kitchens.
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