Dr. Paul Monk on the ‘Addressable You’ in Lyric Poetry

Originally published with transcript at https://www.nickfabbri.com/bloom/paulmonklyricpoetry


In this podcast, Nick and Paul discuss:

  • Poetry’s Touch by Professor William Waters and its influence on Paul’s approach to lyric poetry

  • The ‘addressable you’ in poetry

  • Reflections on communicative intimacy and the idea of authentic understanding between people in romantic or other relationships

  • A number of Paul’s poems from his published works Lyrical Epigrams, All The Bad Things, and Delphic Deixis

  • Paul’s relationship with Claudia Alvarez

  • Artwork in the Chauvet Caves, and human civilization and beings across time

  • Paul’s experience of being catfished, and the creative inspiration that this generated

  • New infatuations, muses and poems

Dr Paul Monk is a poet, polymath and highly regarded Australian public intellectual. He has written an extraordinary range of books, from Sonnets to a Promiscuous Beauty (which resides in former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s library), to reflective essays on the riches of Western civilization in The West in a Nutshell, to a prescient 2005 treatise on the rise of China in Thunder from the Silent Zone: Rethinking China

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