Fiona Hile reads from both Novelties and her new book Subtraction, Matthew Hall reads new work and Eddie Paterson responds to the theme of labour.
Sitting at Claire Gaskin’s kitchen table, I finally got to thank her for the ideas and poems she shared at a reading at Some Velvet Morning back in 2013, including Gig Ryan’s If I Had a Gun. We also talked about specificity, gender in poetry, writing from emotion, and took a good long look at Gig’s poem Eurydice’s Suburb.
Ern Malley continues to be a made up person. So why did we celebrate his birthday this week? And why do Australian poets keep talking about him? I take a run at our most infamous poetry hoax.
- Everything you could ever want to know about Ern in Jacket 17.
I still remember buying a copy of Ali Alizadeh’s Ashes in the Air and the immediate effect the book had on me. In this interview Ali looks back on what it was like to write that book and talks about aspects of writing poetry in Australia today including power, influence, hype, popularity – and hope.
If you’re a fan of Chat 10 Looks 3 (which you should be) you’ll enjoy this episode. Prolific poet and reviewer Maggie Ball and I catch up to talk about what we read over the summer and what we hope to achieve writing-wise in 2018. We also casually start up a Michael Farrell reading circle.
Stuart Cooke’s Opera is one of those books that’s changed my understanding of what a poetry collection can do. (It also includes one of my favourite poems, An Overcast Day in Another Part of the World.) In this interview I get the chance to nerd out with Stuart about how he wrote Opera and the poetry that’s been important to him.
Talking with Ed Tato reminded me how many rooms there are to discover in the house of poetry. We go from Ulysses to Kansas to a workshop with Mary Karr, wondering about categorisation, why certain writing resonates, and returning to the fact that some poems demand to be spoken aloud.
- Early Occult Memory System of Lower Midwest: Poems by B.H Fairchild
- Indirect Objects by Louis Armand
- The Venetian Vespers: Poems by Anthony Hecht
- Open Letter (To the Dark Gods of the Ancient World) by Jason Ryberg
- Rough Traces by Jason Wesco
- Dark Thirty by Santee Frazier
- Ed’s reading at Sporting Poets
- My interview with Alan Wearne