Welcome to Pocketry Presents, the poetry podcast that finds out what goes on in poets’ minds and how they deal with writer’s block.
Are you an emerging or aspiring poet wondering how to write, get published, enter competitions or perform your work? Then this is the poetry podcast for you!
Host Indrani Perera brings you interviews with established poets and explains the techniques used in writing poetry. You can also hear words, stories, poets reading their own poems as well as contributions from the artists featured in the Pocketry Almanack.
Join us for Pocketry Presents the podcast that goes behind the scenes of the poetry world. It's the must-listen to podcast for all those interesting in improving their craft or anyone wanting to learn more about poetry.
Season One Trailer
Welcome to the first season of Pocketry Presents, the brand new poetry podcast that finds out what goes on in poet's minds and just how they deal with writer's block.
Featured poets in this season include Emilie Collyer, Angela Costi, Kevin Brophy, Dominique Hecq, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, David Munro, Dr Mark Tredinnick, Thabani Tshuma and Melizarani T Selva. Pocketry Presents is also excited to bring you the fresh, new, previously unpublished voices of emerging and aspiring poets published in issues three and four of the Pocketry Almanack.
Are you keen to hear the poems from the latest issue of the Pocketry Almanack? Then tune in and get comfy as we hear the poets reading their poems from Issue 3 published in April 2021. We hear from our featured artist Shirley Kanyon and also hear some intriguing words and interesting anecdotes.
Poets featured in this episode: Andrew Brion, Amanda Collins, Anne Collopy, Kelle Cunningham and Rowan White.
Australian poet and playwright, Emilie Collyer talks about her creative process. We chat about how she writes her poetry as well as the limits of words, Greek mythology and inherited lineages, truthful energies, the benefits of reading your work out loud and re-drafting vs careful planning.
Emilie Collyer lives in Australia on Wurundjeri country where she writes poetry, plays and prose. Her writing has appeared most recently in Booth (USA), The Ekphrastic Review (USA), The Blue Nib (Ireland), TEXT, Meanjin, Cordite, Rabbit and Australian Poetry Journal and in 2021 she guest edited Teesta Review Journal (India). She is the author of the illustrated poetry book Your Looking Eyes. Her award-winning plays include Contest, Dream Home and The Good Girl which has had multiple international productions. She is currently a PhD candidate at RMIT researching feminist creative practice. You can find her at www.betweenthecracks.net.
Emilie Collyer joins us once again to share her experience and insights into getting her poetry published in literary journals. In this interview Emilie talks about the use of different forms, crafting poems, your poetic voice, different types of validation for writers and poetry as a conversation with other poets. You can find Emilie at www.betweenthecracks.net.
Hear David Munro read his poem Night Sky and learn about the poetic techniques of line breaks and enjambment.
David Munro works as a statistician, analysing data and building models to help people understand the world around them. He feels the most interesting things in life are found in the liminal: from the absurd to the sublime. Poetry and mathematics can deliver both. You can find Night Sky, the poem in this episode, in David's first poetry collection, Wearing My Father’s Hat which is published by Melbourne Poet’s Union.
In this episode of Pocketry Presents, Dr Mark Tredinnick Mark shares the details of his creative process. We talk 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.
Dr Mark Tredinnick is a celebrated celebrated poet, essayist, and teacher. His many works of poetry and prose include A Gathered Distance, Almost Everything I Know, Egret in a Ploughed Field, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book. For twenty-five years, he’s taught poetry and expressive writing at the University of Sydney, where he was poet in residence in 2018. His many honours include two of the world’s foremost poetry prizes, the Montreal and the Cardiff. 'His is a bold, big-thinking poetry,' Sir Andrew Motion has written, 'in which ancient themes (especially the theme of our human relationship with landscape) are recast and rekindled.' Judith Beveridge has called him 'One of our great poets of place'. In 2020, Tredinnick was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for services to literature and education.
Master of form and winner of major international poetry prizes, 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 ecological writing, 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 competitions to enter, judging tribes and schools of poetry, making technical not sentimental judgements about your writing, how to choose the poems to enter, what not to include in your poetry if you want to win and the duty of judges. His tips for keeping on going in the face of rejection: keep faith in your poem, don't plagiarise yourself and put it in a book if it doesn't win a prize. You can find Mark at www.marktredinnick.com.
Hear Angela Costi read her poem Coburg and learn about the poetic technique of stanzas and end stopped lines.
Angela Costi is on the land of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation. Her heritage is Cypriot-Greek and among the Cypriot-Greek diaspora she is known as Aggeliki Kosti. Angela is the author of five poetry collections: Dinted Halos, Prayers for the Wicked, Honey & Salt, Lost in Mid-Verse and An Embroidery of Old Maps and New. In 1995, she received a travel award from the Australia National Languages and Literacy Board to study Ancient Greek Drama in Greece. In 2009, she travelled to Japan with support from the Australia Council for the Arts to work on an international collaboration with Stringraphy Ensemble, to perform her text A Nest of Cinnamon. In 2021, City of Melbourne funding is supporting her to work on a new suite of poetry titled The Heart of the Advocate. You can buy An Embroidery of Old Maps and New here and follow Angela on Facebook.
Spoken word artist and poet, Melizarani T Selva, joins us to talk about her creative process, ending poems, secret newsletters, collectors' notebooks, being in a perpetual state of writing, why she'll never admit to writer's block, the importance of serving the idea, the validity of bullet points as a form of writing, metaphor generators, permission to write, advice for BIPOC writers and the hamster wheel of grief.
Melizarani T Selva is a Malaysian writer and spoken word poet, with notable performances at the Jaipur Literature Festival, StoryFest Singapore and TEDxGateway. Her first book, ‘Taboo’ is a poetic exploration of her Masters’ thesis on the constructs and representations of the Malaysian Indian Identity. Her poems have been translated in French and Bahasa Malaysia. She co-founded If Walls Could Talk - Poetry Open Mic and co-published an anthology of 100 poems by 61 poets from Malaysia titled ‘When I Say Spoken, You Say Word!’. Presently, Melizarani is the co-editor of the literary journal SingPoWriMo.com. You can buy Taboo from Lit Books in Malaysia (they ship internationally) and sign up to Melizarani’s newsletter here.
Find out what summer camp, Pussycat Dolls and Seventeen magazine have to do with spoken word in this second part of Pocketry's interview with veteran of the open mic and queen of improvisation, Melizarani T Selva.
You'll also hear about audience reactions and a poet's responsibility, writing pantoums, earning a feature set, closing a gig, audience investment, the open mic animal, how to curate a tight set, the importance of 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 for a particular audience, the poet's toolkit and the greatest disservice you can do to a performer. You can follow Melizarani on socials @melizaranitselva.
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. To learn what poetry opportunities are on offer each month, sign up to Indrani's Poet's Express newsletter.
Indrani Perera is a Sri Lankan/German/Australian poet living and working on Wurrundjeri Country. She is the creator of The Poets' Express e-mail newsletter, founder of Pocketry, the home of unheard voices and host of the Pocketry Presents podcast. Indrani is also the author of Promote Your Poetry and the poetry collections Defenestration and Pas De Deux. Find her at www.indraniperera.com.
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 Mitchell is a WA-based non-binary poet who is a guest on the land of the Whadjuk Noongar nation. SPM’s work appears in Contemporary Australian Poetry, The Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry, Solid Air, Stories of Perth and Going Postal. In 2019, SPM won Coal Creek’s Literary Award for Poetry, Melbourne Poets Union’s Martin Downey Urban Realist Poetry Award and The Wollongong Short Story Prize. Most recently, SPM was shortlisted for The International Googie Goer Prize for Speculative Prose, The 2020 / 2021 Red Room Poetry Fellowship and The Martha Richardson Poetry Award. Scott-Patrick's debut collection of poetry, Clean, is forthcoming in 2022 with Upswell publishing.
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.
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.
Content Warning: grief, death, SIDs
Dominique Hecq talks about silence and sunshine, prose vs poetry, the materiality of language, writing through the night, the flow of a writing day, sequences and triptychs, getting stuck, not forcing a poem, rhythm vs images, sounds and movement, where the poem is going vs where you want it to go, hearing what the poem wants, first drafts and mess, discovering new forms, editors, crossing borders of art and language, loss and grief, mentors, languages and translation, appropriation, safety and protecting people, imagination and creativity as well as tips for revising poetry and generating ideas.
A Belgian-born poet, fiction writer and scholar, Dominique Hecq lives in Melbourne. She writes across genres and sometimes across tongues. Her works include a novel, three collections of short stories and eleven books of poetry. Kaosmos (2020), Tracks (2020) and Songlines (2021) are her latest poetry offerings. With Eugen Bacon, she also co-authored Speculate (2021), a collection of microlit. Smacked and other Stories of Addiction, a runner-up in the 2021 Carmel Bird Digital Award, is fresh off the press. Among other honours, Dominique is the recipient of The Melbourne Fringe Festival Award for Outstanding Writing and Performance (1998), The New England Review Prize for Poetry (2004), The Martha Richardson Medal for Poetry (2006), the inaugural AALITRA Prize for Literary Translation from Spanish into English (2014). She is also a Pushcart nominee and a recipient of the 2018 International Best Poets Prize administered by the International Poetry Translation and Research Centre in conjunction with the International Academy of Arts and Letters.
Content warning: cancer, death, grief
Dominique Hecq returns to Pocketry Presents to share her experience of entering competitions and winning awards. She talks about writing in French and English, responsibility to the people you're writing about, the liberating effect of time, testing other audiences, the gamble and thrill of entering competitions, judges and the judging process, choosing competitions, feedback and review, rejection, vanity vs validation plus great tips for entering competitions.