Rachel Long and Luke Kennard in new Poetry Review podcasts

Rachel Long (photo: Amaal Said) and Luke Kennard

The Poetry Society has released two new podcasts featuring The Poetry Review‘s editor Emily Berry in discussion with two recent contributors to the journal: Rachel Long and Luke Kennard.

In the first podcast, Rachel Long – whose debut My Darling from the Lions (Picador) has been shortlisted for the Forward, Costa and Rathbones Folio prizes – discusses dreams and the usefulness of the non-material world to poetry; her influences including Selima Hill, Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze and the Bible; humour, trauma and power. Rachel reads her poems first published in The Poetry Review: ‘The Red Hoover’ and ‘Mum’s Snake’, an excerpt from her sequence ‘A Lineage of Wigs’. Listen to the podcast here.

In the second podcast, poet and novelist Luke Kennard offers an exhilarating disquisition on the prophetic voice and its uses for poetry, the liberating restriction of the sequence, and prose poetry as “a space in which to be convolutedly honest” – with passing references to Baudelaire, Chekhov, Ted Hughes, James Tait, Anne Carson and Maggie Nelson, contemporary morality and anger as a motivating force. Luke also reads his three poems in the Review, from his future project inspired by the Book of Jonah: ‘aller on bateau’, ‘Arion’ and ‘Vile Figs’. Listen to the podcast here.

The Poetry Review podcast series features diverse conversations and resonant readings from contributors including Denise Riley, Raymond Antrobus, Don Paterson, Sandeep Parmar, Fiona Benson, Ishion Hutchinson and Chelsey Minnis.

2 March 2021