Revolutionary Socialist Poetry
Santo Cazzati invites poet/singer/songwriter of Brittle Sun, Viki Mealings back to 3CR Spoken Word for a programme with a social justice slant. Viki is a gritty, honest artist who will not cover over difficult issues with saccharine and fake optimism. And yet, her poetry is indeed cause for optimism precisely because it is real and can thus show the way forward. Viki covers a wide range of subjects. A highlight of the programme is her singing her tribute to Bobby Sands, the IRA hunger striker.
Bennie Solah on 3CR
Virus Lockdown Madness 2.0
Spoken Word - Phu Linh Tran
Phu Linh Tran's new chapbook, Adventures in P-Minor, is featured in this programme, presented by Santo Cazzati. Linh addresses a range of issues - belief in a higher being, body fascism, ethnicity, jazz, and the mechanics of writing and performing poetry - in a striking, direct and witty style.
Spoken Word - Lady Longdrop
Santo Cazzati introduces his guest, fellow Italian Australian, Edward Caruso. Eddie has recently released a beautifully presented book of poetry and photography pertaining to his experiences in Argentina and Chile. He has a left political perspective on events there, reflected for certain in his poetry. There is, however, also very beautiful artistic and humanistic expression in his writing. A highlight of the programme is his tribute to Pablo Neruda, which follows Santo's reading of an actual poem by the great Chilean poet.