Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Michael Steven speaks out

The intermittently coherent Reading the Maps blogcast series continues, as Muzzlehatch and I interrogate poet and publisher Michael Steven over a few rounds of Emerson's beer, whiskey, and Waikato Draught (you can guess which I bought). In fifty-four minutes we manage to alight on subjects as different as Auckland's recent Readers and Writers Festival, the literary heritage of Dunedin, the exile of Martin Edmond, the fragmentary literary legacy of Bill Manhire's publican father, the politics of the Peruvian poet Cesar Vallejo, the drunken antics of the lead singer of the Headless Chickens, the sad spectacle of David Kilgour collaborating with the execrable Sam Hunt, the problems of translating Latin American poetry into twenty-first century Kiwi English, and the bold new publishing venture called Killmog Press.

You can listen to the interview here, and read my review of Michael Steven's debut collection of poetry here.


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... but exile is a bit of an overstatement. No-one made me leave and as far as I know I could go back tomorrow if I wished ...

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