"Forgetting for a moment the dangerous imprecisions of the spirit."
~ from 'Rimbaud in Africa' by Bella Li

 

The Project

Rhyming the Dead is a Red Room radio series that commissioned 10 Australian poets to create and perform new work inspired by a dead poet of their choosing. Rhyming the Dead poems and interviews with the past and present poets explore ways death permeates life.

Click here to view and download all episodes.

 

The Radio Show 

EPISODE ONE: Secrets for Living - Listen here »
For full poems in text and audio:
Judith Rodriguez (Oodgeroo Noonuccal) | Renee Pettitt-Schipp (Judith Wright)

EPISODE TWO: Emotions are not Hawaiian Shirts - Listen here »
For full poems in text and audio:
Fiona Britton (Dorothy Porter) | Aden Rolfe (John Forbes)

EPISODE THREE: Chalk is Falling - Listen here »
For full poems in text and audio:
Bella Li (Arthur Rimbaud) | Jakob Ziguras (Stanisław Barańczak)

EPISODE FOUR: Hands Disappear Into Wood - Listen here » 
For full poems in text and audio:
Melody Paloma (Jennifer Rankin) | Sam Wagan Watson (Martin Harrison)

EPISODE FIVE: The Eyes Of Those Who Came Before - Listen here » 
For full poems in text and audio:
Abe Nouk (Maya Angelou) | Celestine Rowe (Tupac Shakur)

 

Produced by Maisie Cohen. Read her Reflection here.

The video


Curious? Eavesdrop on some of the interviews...

 The collaborators

Rhyming The Dead is created in collaboration with radio producer Maisie Cohen and The Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. This project is made possible with support from The Australia Council for The Arts and Arts NSW. 

View CBAA's interview with Jo Featherstone here.