The History of the Limerick
Featuring Peter Davis
A special programme in which Santo Cazzati features long time 3CR stalwart Peter Davis, whose connection to the station goes back to 1993. Peter reads from his book Cravings For A Spectacular Sun and talks about a very wide range of topics, including : working 44 hours a week as a bus driver to fund his first poetry book; rare descriptions of sex-on-site venues and their etiquette; busking with his flute at Footscray Station; the local life of Fitzroy; and his poetry teacher, the revered Ania Walwicz.
Jon Garrett and the Spinning Room
Spoken Word presenter Santo is joined by Jon Garrett, who founded the legendary poetry gig Spinning Room in London before successfully transferring it to Melbourne, where it had a long run of memorable weekly events. Quite a feat to keep a gig running every week! And we hear Jon talking about the many characters who attended over 15 years. We also hear Jon's own poetry, in which he reveals very wide influences - quite eclectic really. A highlight is his tongue-in-cheek self-declaration as a poet, 'Work In Progress'.
Spoken Word - Helchild LIVE in the studio
Spoken Word - Found and Sound Poetry in Footscray
Yvette Stubbs calls upon her long experience in Melbourne's artistic life to display her crazy, verbally colourful and colourfully expressive humour and irony in this programme with Santo Cazzati. We hear her signature poem, Ode to a Breast, as well as a startlingly beautiful, poetic and erotic description of a gruesome medical procedure. On a more serious note, we hear some of Yvette's bushfire poetry. As the programme was made soon after the death of 3CR Spoken Word's founder, Rhonda Jankovic, in 2012, Santo gave an obituary to the much respected Rhonda at the start of the programme.
Viki Mealings made this programme with 3CR Spoken Word presenter Santo Cazzati shortly after releasing her first book of poetry, 'Delivery'. Viki describes herself as 'quiet, humble and unremarkable'. Be that as it may, her poetry is most remarkable in its power, expressiveness and leanings towards social justice. She deals with the urban realities of Melbourne's outer suburbs, racism, the humiliation women feel when trying on 'standard' sized clothing in department stores. Highlights of the programme are her renditions of her extraordinarily intense poems Dissonant Blues and Misplaced. The programme also includes Santo's tribute poem to Brazilian bossa nova - a shared interest with Viki.
Philton has been a poet and publisher of literature for many years on the Melbourne scene. He has more recently moved to the Mornington Peninsula where, in addition to the foregoing, he has been active in establishing the Rhonda Jankovic Society to encourage the expression of social justice through literature (the late Rhonda Jankovic being the founder of the Spoken Word programme on 3CR and a long time station stalwart and social justice advocate). Philton's own poetry also comes from a social justice perspective and is, furthermore, imbued with a gentle humour and subtle writing style. A former newsreader on this station, his rich deep bass reciting voice is made for radio.
Hear the tongue twisting verbal virtuosity, scintillating wordplay and mega-absurd take on the respectability of officialdom and regularity of Tim Train, a trained voice whose train of thought blusters through with the intensity of a steam train. Tim talks to Spoken Word presenter Santo Cazzati about his blogging, zines and performance poetry. We hear, among other pieces, Tim's sickly parodies of cozy oldtime elocution Songs of the Great Trams and Underpantoum, and his crazy satirisation of the Poetry Gig Guide.