The Penteract Podcast

The Penteract Podcast

The Penteract Podcast is the official podcast of Penteract Press, an international poetry publisher specialising in the formal and experimental. This podcast features interviews with poets and poetry publishers from all over the world, with in-depth discussions about both the craft of poetry and the present and future state of the artform. We will also be interviewing artists from other disciplines, discussing a range of topics surrounding creativity and curiosity.

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January 10, 2022 65 min

Episode 35 of the Penteract Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with Michelle Moloney King of Beir Bua Press. Topics of conversation include small press publishing, the British and Irish avantgarde, hypnosis and meditation, and defying poetic labels.

Visit Beir Bua press here.

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Episode 34 of the Penteract Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with Helen Mitchell, organiser of the Small Publishers Fair — an annual fair of books by artists, writers, poets, composers, and book designers — held at Conway Hall, London.

This episode focuses on the history, present, and future of the Small Publishers Fair, which is entirely online this year, owing to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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November 18, 2021 65 min

Episode 33 of the Penteract Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan, host of BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. In this episode, Anthony and Ian discuss, poems, puns, podcasting, and pithering, as well as their fascinations with wordplay and Twitter.

Listen to The Verb here.

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November 6, 2021 60 min

Episode 32 of the Penteract Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with poet Tom Jenks. In this episode, Anthony and Tom discuss poetic constraint, humour in poetry, and the material qualities of language, as they launch Pack My Box With Five Dozen Liquor Jugs, a pangrammatic novel written by Tom Jenks and Catherine Vidler.

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Episode 31 of The Penteract Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin and Clara Daneri, and featuring an interview with poets Astra Papachristodoulou and Steven J Fowler. In this episode, Steven and Astra discuss the  European Poetry Festival (curated by Steven), Astra's recent Text-Isles exhibition in Rhodes, and European poetry in general.

Listen to Steven's poem "How Like Muanis, How Like Astra" here.

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September 30, 2021 62 min

Episode 30 of the Penteract Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with poet Sacha Archer. In this episode, Anthony and Sacha discuss the relationship between poetic traditions and radical experimentalism, the purpose of poetry, and Sacha’s new Penteract Press chapbook, Jung Origami.

Experience Sacha’s “event poems” on his YouTube Channel.

Purchase Jung Origami from the Penteract Press store.

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August 9, 2021 86 min

Episode 29 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with visual poet Derek Beaulieu. In this episode, Derek discusses his poetic practice, the potential and range of poetry, and the importance of small press publishing.

Learn more about Derek's work by visiting his website, http://derekbeaulieu.wordpress.com

Discover more about Penteract Press by visiting our website and our Twitter.

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Episode 28 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with composer, poet, podcaster, and YouTuber Samuel Andreyev.

In this episode, Anthony asks Samuel about his creative practice and about creativity more generally: What does it take to be an artist? What is the point of being an artist? How should one go about living an artist's life?

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Episode 27 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast — a special episode for the launch of Penteract Press's summer books: Slate Petals (and Other Wordscapes) by Anthony Etherin, Untravelling by Mary Frances, and The Kazimir Effect by Christian  Bök.

In this episode, Anthony Etherin, Mary Frances, and Christian Bök — joined by Clara Daneri —  discuss their new books in detail, exploring the similarities and differences shared among them....

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Episode 26 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast — a special episode, presented by Clara Daneri, and featuring Anthony Etherin answering questions asked to him via Twitter at the end of 2020.

Topics include the hows and whys of constrained poetry / formal poetry and small press poetry publishing.

This podcast is the first of two special episodes launching Penteract Press’s summer list — which includes Anthony’s second full-length collect...

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Episode 25 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and with guests Christian Bök, Pedro Poitevin, and Nick Montfort.

This is a special panel episode, featuring a discussion of the relationship between poetry and STEM, in particular mathematical and constraint-based poetry, biological poetry, and computational poetry.

The conversation includes mention of Christian Bök's The Xenotext Book 1, Nick Montfort's...

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Episode 24 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin and Clara Daneri, and with guests Kate Siklosi, Gregory Betts, and Nasser Hussain
 
This is a special panel episode, featuring a discussion of the past, present, and future of experimental poetry in Canada. 

Topics include bpNichol and The Four Horsemen, Conceptualism, and the historic Text/Sound/Performance conference held in Dublin, April 2019 (which was coordi...

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Episode 23 of the Penteract Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin and Clara Daneri, and featuring an interview with Lori Wike and Mark Saltveit, about the history, present, and future of palindromes in literature and music. 
 
*CORRECTION: Peter Hilton's great palindrome is, in fact: "Doc, note! I dissent: A fast never prevents a fatness. I diet on cod."*

Read about the Sator Square here.

Read about Su Hui’s Star Gauge here.

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Episode 22 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin and Clara Daneri, and featuring an interview with Johanna Drucker, Amanda Earl, and Joakim Norling (of Timglaset Editions).
 
This is a special episode, in support of “Judith”, an anthology of visual poetry made by women. Timglaset Editions will be publishing “Judith” and is currently running an Indiegogo campaign, which we strongly encourage you to support! Read...

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Episode 21 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with visual poet Astra Papachristodoulou. In this episode, Anthony and Astra discuss object poems, neo-futurism, exhibitions and Astra's work with Poem Atlas.

Learn more about Astra’s poetry by visiting her website, https://www.astranaut.co.uk/

Discover more about Penteract Press by visiting our website and our Twitter.

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Episode 20 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with poet Luke Bradford.

This a special episode, for the launch of Luke's book "Zoolalia", published by Penteract Press on Saturday 20th February, 2021.

Join us on Twitter, at 7pm UK time, Saturday 20th February, to help launch the book: Ask questions about the book, about this podcast, and about poetry/publishing in general,...

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Episode 19 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with poet Franco Cortese.

This a special episode, for the launch of Franco's book "Lip", published by Penteract Press on Saturday 20th February, 2021.

Join us on Twitter, at 7pm UK time, Saturday 20th February, to help launch the book: Ask questions about the book, about this podcast, and about poetry/publishing in general, u...

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Episode 18 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin and Clara Daneri, and featuring a visual poetry panel discussion, with guests Laura Kerr, Rachel Smith, and Derek Beaulieu.
 
Topics of conversation include the status of visual poetry in contemporary poetry, the nature of artistic experimentation, and the development of new visual poetic methods.

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November 11, 2020 88 min

Episode 17 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with poet Ken Hunt. In this episode, Anthony and Ken discuss the relationship between science and poetry, paying particular attention to Ken’s three books, The Manhattan Project, The Odyssey, and The Lost Cosmonauts.

Learn about PortraitAI (discussed during the episode) here: https://portraitai.com/ 

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October 11, 2020 107 min

Episode 16 of the Penteract Poetry Podcast, hosted by Anthony Etherin, and featuring an interview with Christian Bök, author of Eunoia and winner of the 2002 Griffin Poetry Prize.

In this episode — Christian’s second interview for the podcast — Anthony and Christian discuss their mutual interest in composing heavily constrained poetry. They also consider contemporary attitudes towards poetry, the way the internet has changed poetry,...

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