Released every Wednesday, the ABR podcast features our finest reviews, poetry, fiction, interviews, and commentary.
Francis Webb, an Australian poet born in 1925, was widely regarded by his contemporaries as one of the most gifted poets of his generation. His creative output was extensive, despite a troubled life living with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. His first major poem, ‘A Drum for Ben Boyd’, appeared in book form when he was only twenty-two. In today’s episode, introduced by ABR’s Poetry Editor John Hawke, listen to Sydney theatre critic Ian Dickson read the poem in its entirety.
Dusk when the people in the trees / stand out against the dark – // but it isn’t dark, only a deep gradation / of the light –... (read more)
African American Poetry is an ambitious and wide-ranging collection of Black poetry. Edited by Kevin Young, a fellow poet and poetry editor of The New Yorker, the collection spans contemporary writers such as the Pulitzer Prize-winner Jericho Brown to literary giants such as Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Derek Walcott. As David Mason writes, 'It needs to be said and said again just how profoundly American this poetry is, how it enriches culture and should not be ignored among the more conventionally canonised.'... (read more)