Loran Steinberg is featured in a regrettably rare extended set of her poetry. In it, she reveals herself to be a sensitive and quirky poet of highly diverse means. There are long stream of consciousness episodes, short biting word quips, and other stuff in between. Ela and Santo put her under scrutiny in their interview. Loran comes out of it all gliding confidently, talking not only about her writing and performing, but also the developing and exciting new poetry scene in Footscray.
Ashleigh Russell takes a sharp and uncompromising look at issues of mental illness and how one lives with it for decades. Her poetry is often dark, certainly insightful, and may trigger discomfort in some listeners. There are, however, significant moments of positivity, joy and relief, which are beautifully articulated by Ashleigh, not only in her actual poetry but also in her chat with Ela.
This programme features the poetry of long time 3CR stalwart, the late Lisa Bellear. Jen Jewel Brown has recently edited a beautiful anthology of Lisa's poetry for University of Western Australia Publishing. For twenty years, Lisa presented Not Another Koori Show on 3CR before her untimely death. She was not only a poet and broadcaster, but also an academic, social worker, photographer, theatre practitioner, Collingwood City councillor and, of course, passionate political fighter for Indigenous peoples.
Spoken Word - Laundry Man
The remarkable Hunch (aka Daymon Greulich) performs a spectacular set of spoken utterance. He analyses himself, his inner psyche, the world around him, and anything else that might get in the way, at a rate of knots. Just when you thought it couldn't get any faster, he ups the beats per minute to a breathtaking tempo. Norman Gunston on speed. Between pieces, he catches his breath to answer questions from 3CR Spoken Word presenters Ela Fornalska and Santo Cazzati.
Jay J Larkin
Santo Cazzati presents Jay J Larkin, convenor of the gig Ms Millies, held monthly at Afro Hub in North Carlton. She talks about what motivated her to start this gig and about her interest in poetry in general. We hear substantial pieces by her covering issues of gender, sexuality and race, written and delivered in a pointed and incisive style.
On this programme from the early 2010s, Paulie (aka Paul Daniele), far left revolutionary anarchist, performance poet and grassroots philosopher, is featured as guest of fellow far left Italian Australian Santo Cazzati. We hear a round-the-world travel poem from a left wing perspective; a touching snapshot of High Street, Northcote; an Invasion Day diatribe; and even a love poem - complete with a soupy Neapolitan love song from yesteryear. The highlight of the programme is the performance of the ode to working class drudgery 'Pick, Pack, Break Your Back'.
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Janet Jackson from Perth
Recording of a programme from 2009 in which we hear Janet Jackson, who was visiting Melbourne from Perth. She talks about the page/stage dichotomy in poetry, about the inspiration and the form of her poetry, about the poetry scene in her home city, and reads a generous chunk of her work.