Ep 246. Desperate reassessment

Three parts lunatic, one part yahoo, and one part potentially human.

Show notes

Spotify Wrapped

Greek Tragedy by The Wombats

Australian Poetry Now edited by Thomas Shapcott

St Helens Books

Sun Books and their impressive catalogue

Barjai looks pretty cool

Poets from this anthology I’ve talked about/to/around: Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Max Harris, Les Murray, Vicki Viidikas, John Tranter, Robert Adamson

Sometimes Gladness by Bruce Dawe

Alan Riddell’s The Affair

An Absolutely Ordinary Rainbow by Les Murray

Francis Webb

Roger McDonald

Earth Hour by David Malouf

John Forbes: A Pastoral Pt 1

Recent SLEERICKETS appearances: 127: The Mercy Rule & 128: First Thought Sexiest Thought

Send me your silly poetry questions for my Christmas episode: poetrysayspod[at]gmail.com

Sister show: SLEERICKETS

Ep 245. Joel Deane: Making art in Sparta

Alice is very angry at Bill Harwood.

Show notes

Joel Deane’s recent books Judas Boys and Year of the Wasp

The Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

Ken Babstock

Belfast Confetti by Ciaran Carson

C. K. Williams

Helen Garner’s Yellow Notebook

The Nicholas Building

Kintsugi by Isi Unikowski

Ep 244. on Harpur

The Pioneer by Frederick McCubbin

Home is so Sad by Philip Larkin

Send me your silly poetry questions for my Christmas episode: poetrysayspod[at]gmail.com

Sister show: SLEERICKETS

Ep 244. Tradition and the Individual Snakebite

“The chances of death are very small.”

Show notes

Ep. 200 Anti-insights

The Monkey’s Mask is available at Gertrude and Alice

A primer of English versification by James McAuley

My Tongue Is My Own: A Life of Gwen Harwood by Ann-Marie Priest

A Midsummer Noon in the Australian Forest by Charles Harpur

The Man from Snowy River by Banjo Paterson

How Do I Love Thee? (Sonnet 43) by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

The Charles Harpur Critical Archive

Harpur in anthologies

This is a Christmas beetle

Penguin Book of Australian Verse edited by Harry Heseltine (turns out I’ve been saying his name wrong)

A rill

Acute Misfortune

Sense Shape Symbol: An Investigation of Australian Poetry edited by Brian Keyte

Woman to Man by Judith Wright

The Broad Bean Sermon by Les Murray

Brendan Casey

Oodgeroo Noonuccal’s sick bag poems

The line from Forbes’ Rrose Selavy is “Julie breathing like a t-shirt after a swim”

Dropbear by Evelyn Araluen

Ken Bolton

Pam Brown

Barron Field in New South Wales: The Poetics of Terra Nullius by Thomas H. Ford and Justin Clemens

Q & A with Justin Clemens and Thomas H. Ford

Send me your silly poetry questions for my Christmas episode: poetrysayspod[at]gmail.com

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Ep 243. Pigs in the ocean

Inbox Zero.

Show notes

James Schuyler

This Dark Apartment

Ken Bolton & Peter Bakowski’s recent books Nearly Lunch, The Elsewhere Variations, On Luck Street & Waldo’s Game

Vale David Ferry

Matthew & I talk Horace

The Epistles of Horace

Grandfather advised me by Lorine Niedecker

The Poetry Foundation’s Ars Poetica

Send me Christmas episode questions! poetrysayspod[at]gmail.com

Ep 242. Joshua Mehigan: Otherness people

TV party tonight!

Show notes

Joshua Mehigan

Brooklyn Poets

Josh’s poems Cold Turkey & The Cement Plant

The Optimist (2004) & Accepting the Disaster (2014)

Josh’s essay I Thought You Were A Poet


Ep 217. To know is not to cure (on obsession)

Ep 222. with Elijah


Johnny Tremain

Josh’s essay on his friendship with Edgar Bowers, Introduction to Poetry

Dick Davis

Gotham Book Mart

For Louis Pasteur & Amor Vincit Omnia by Edgar Bowers

Donald Justice

Catherine Tufariello

Josh on SLEERICKETS & a poem of his on Versecraft

King Lear

Thomas M. Disch

Email me: poetrysayspod[at]gmail.com

Ep 241. Jon Sands meets a fan

Solving the mystery of The Poetry Gods.

Show notes

The Poetry Gods

Hosts Jon Sands, Aziza Barnes & José Olivarez

Buy U A Drank by T-Pain

Urban Word NYC

Terrance Hayes

Mahogany L. Browne

Poetry Off the Shelf


Emotional Historians

Willie Perdomo

Paul Tran

Tim Seibles


Jeanann Verlee

Patricia Smith

Cave Canem


praise song by Nate Marshall

You Are Who I Love by Aracelis Girmay

Ratbag Poetics

Versecraft To My Artist Friends Part 1

SLEERICKETS Ep 123: Come Back, Bill

Email me: poetrysayspod[at]gmail.com

Ep 240. Hooroo to all that

“…the conviction that nothing like this, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding, has ever happened to anyone before.”

Show notes

Top three Brooklyn bookshops: Unnameable Books, Troubled Sleep, Freebird Books

Reverse Cowgirl & Raving by McKenzie Wark

Whitman in Black by Ted Berrigan

R. A. Villanueva

A Perfect Mess by Mary Karr

Death, an Ode by John Forbes

This Dark Apartment by James Schuyler

Ep 239. Lunch with Eileen Myles

“Make shit up. And that includes your life.”

Show notes

Pam Brown

I must be living twice: new and selected poems 1975 -2014 by Eileen Myles

Thomas Wyatt

Measure for Measure

Bernadette Mayer

Alice Notley

The Ferguson Report: An Erasure by Nicole Sealey

Judy Grahn

Jonathan Swift

The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo

Gareth Morgan’s wonderful chapbook Dear Eileen,

SLEERICKETS Ep 125: The Reheater of Memories

Ep 238. Awkward.


Show notes

Sorry, Neighbourhood Books

Hello to the guy at Brunswick Second Hand Books

Ep 187. Peak poetry

Noel & Russell dubbed themselves The Goth Detectives…

Meet Me In The Bathroom (2022)

LA 92 (2017)

The episode on Canberra

Cringe by ContraPoints

Europe Endless by John Forbes (towards the end of this great article)

The episodes on John Forbes

What a cool guy

Brian introduces himself to Damien Hirst

Ep 236. with Caroline Williamson

Or you could listen to Nonsense and crying, the one with Antonia Pont, the one with David Brooks, the one with Barron Field or the one with Matthew on The Mountain Goats.

If you’re in Brooklyn & you want to say hi email me: poetrysayspod@gmail.com
While I’m away you should listen to SLEERICKETS

Ep 237. Dorothy Porter’s Aeneas pt. 2

“…you can’t sweeten me and I can’t comfort you.”

Aeneas Remembers Domestic Bliss by Dorothy Porter

Thank you (in order of appearance): Stu, Matthew, Shona (& Leela), Andrea, Felicity, Bec, Zara, Ethan, Anna, Liam, and Lou.

Dorothy Porter books referenced: The Bee Hut, Crete, The Monkey’s Mask, Akhenaten

Matthew’s poem Another Achilles