October 12, 2021
Content Warning: grief, death, SIDs
Belgian-born poet and scholar, Dominique Hecq talks about silence and sunshine, prose vs poetry, the materiality of language, writing through the night, sequences and triptychs, getting stuck, rhythm vs images, sounds and movement, hearing what the poem wants, first drafts and mess, crossing borders of art and language, loss and grief, languages and translation, appropriation, imagination and creativity as well as tips for revising poetry and generating ideas. Dominique's recent collection, Tracks, can be purchased from Recent Work Press www.recentworkpress.com/product/tracks/.
October 5, 2021
Warning: this episode contains mature themes and parental guidance may be required
In this episode, we hear Kevin Brophy read his poem What We Know from the collection, This Is What Gives Us Time. We look at how the poem is structured and learn about the technique of anaphora used in the poem. Kevin's latest book, In This Part of the World, was published by Melbourne Poet's Union in 2020 and can be purchased from Brunswick Bound Bookshop.
September 28, 2021
Content Warning: addiction, recovery and self-harm
In this honest and far ranging episode of Pocketry Presents, Scott-Patrick Mitchell takes great care in dealing with the issues surrounding the publication of their debut collection, Clean, forthcoming with Upswell Publishing in 2022. They talk about the Port Augusta train station and the Indian Pacific, the stars and writing your own creation myths, the magic of writing, coming up with your own language for poetry, homophobia and the publishing world, stage jam and sonically burlesque fringe shows, duty of care, gender identity and expression, grief and letting go, the ebb and flow of success and failure, the dangers of comparison and reading as a tool to develop care and compassion.
September 21, 2021
Poet and spoken word artist, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, talks about page poetry and spoken word, memorisation and fragments, writing routines and the critical voice, movement as an editing tool, art as inspiration, writing for journal themes, LQBTA+ identity activism and archive, ecological disaster and climate change, always learning, honouring a poem's ecology, recognising the ummms and errs of your writing and a strategy to overcome writer's block. Scott-Patrick's debut collection of poetry, Clean, is forthcoming in 2022 with Upswell publishing.
September 7, 2021
Editor of The Pocketry Almanack, Indrani Perera, gives indispensable advice and practical tips for emerging poets wanting to get published in literary journals. You’ll discover the biggest mistake made by emerging poets when sending in their work for publication and learn what you can do to make sure your work is read by the editors of literary journals. Visit www.indraniperera.com/subscribe.html to sign up for Indrani Perera's The Poet's Express e-mail newsletter.
August 31, 2021
Queen of improvisation, Melizarani T Selva is back to discuss audience reactions and investment, writing pantoums, earning a feature set, the open mic animal, curating a tight set, comedy, Draupadi and the Mahabharata, adding movement, making mistakes and forgetting lines, improvisation and the ephemeral nature of performance, sharing before performing, tailoring a set and the greatest disservice you can do to a performer. You can follow her on socials @melizaranitselva.
August 24, 2021
Spoken word artist and poet, Melizarani T Selva on ending poems, secret newsletters, collectors' notebooks, a perpetual state of writing, why she'll never admit to writer's block, validity of bullet points, metaphor generators, permission to write, advice for BIPOC writers and the hamster wheel of grief. Buy her book, Taboo, from Lit Books in Malaysia - www.litbooks.com.my/product/taboo/ - or subscribe to her email newsletter - www.melizarani.substack.com.
August 17, 2021
We hear Angela Costi read her poem Coburg and learn about stanzas and end stopped lines. You can read the poem in Angela's latest collection of poetry, An Embroidery of Old Maps and New published by Spinifex Press and you can find her on Facebook at AngelaCostiPoetics.
August 10, 2021
Master of form, Dr Mark Tredinnick, joins us again to talk about entering poetry competitions. With a guest appearance from Dante the dog, this wide ranging conversation covers the joy and mystery of trees and children, commissions vs writing prompts, the high octane combination of faith and scepticism, the impact of wining money on a poetry practice, choosing which poems and competitions to enter, technical vs sentimental judgements, what not to include and the duty of judges.
August 3, 2021
Award winning poet and essayist, Dr Mark Tredinnick, talks about the insistence of the muse, Seamus Heaney and the attic life, the instrumentation and musicality of typing, the constraints of form, inspiration as a fetish, the intrusions of ordinary life, interrogating the adequacy of phrasing and the many ways to overcome writers' block. You can find Mark at www.marktredinnick.com.