About ratbag poetics


poetry is dead or boring or very serious.
maybe all 3?

tune in wednesdays 8-9pm & find out.
(for recordings click here)

we’ll be playing haute music tracks between poetry readings & poem chats to keep your ears tingling in all the right ways.

each week I’ll bring in some contemporary, mostly small-press poetry from mostly australia but also elsewhere.
then I’ll read it.

if I find good ratbag guests, I’ll bring them in for little chats about what we’ve been reading in our drafty tassie living rooms,
what the poems do to us.
what they
make us feel!!!!!

it’s a poem education project:
diy poetry degree w/ 0 hexx & no

quality control but yes
close readings... interest rising??

assume casual explorations of meaning, style & form.
lines we like.
memories remembered by poem lines.
clever word mixes nice 

enjambment :-))

if no guests come then it’s just me & you, listener.
recorded or live,
intimate either way,
just casual tho
nothing serious rn, hbu

~slip slap slop into dm’s @ratbag_poetics

show notes:
ep1. [14/06] ursula robinson-shaw – YEARN MALLEY.
ep2. [21/06] mantissa review v2: sam morley, josie deane; holly friedlander liddicoat.
ep3. [28/06] dan hogan – secret third thing.

ep4. [05/07] hannah emerson – the kissing of kissing.
ep5. [12/07] holly isemonger – GREATEST HIT.
ep6. [19/07] groundswell – overland: evelyn araluen, alison whittaker, thomas denton. 
ep7. [26/07] gareth morgan, tomaž šalamun
ep8. [16.08] izzy roberts-orr: red room poetry
ep9. [23.08] autumn royal: the drama student
ep.10. [30.08] dominic symes: i saw the best memes of my generation


(for recordings click here)


Listen to past episodes

17 Apr 2024, 8pm

17 Apr 2024, 8pm Ratbag Poetics harry says u should quit art school. melinda's poem might recommend u meet your maker. we're talking girlery on what might well be ratbag poetics' last live broadcast out of cold ibiza (nipaluna (hobart)). it’s been roughly or a rough 10 years since girlery was first published in so called australia. tonight I called harry reid to talk about it and read melinda’s laudanable poems. ‘You are legitimate No matter what the Title says.’ ~goldsome, mb it feels like melinda was just on last wk, and the circle of life keeps going like a wheel or a cog, birth and rebirth of poems working corporate, but still finding a way (overtime) to look good doing it. omg is that tom ford? ‘A salary for naught in this frictionless sharing a novels worth of the administrative leaking through my veins now I am small in the constellation of the way back machine. I will not apply for leadership. I will not lead into temptation.’ ~Dealbreaker, Melinda Bufton Girlery (Inken Publisch, 2014) @chezappreciation @melindabufton

10 Apr 2024, 8pm

10 Apr 2024, 8pm Ratbag Poetics

3 Apr 2024, 8pm

3 Apr 2024, 8pm Ratbag Poetics did someone say crossover episode?? Poetry says Alice Allan is joining Wednesday night (via prerecord) to talk Pam Brown, AusPo matriarch and poet of… what exactly? Click Here is the book in question, leaving us w more negative space than answers.        some poetry        is       very good       at futility          *   it i̳s̳ futile   but   it’s also  ‘something to do’   echo  echo  echo  ~pb, a mockery