Episode 12

Published on:

6th May 2021

Poets' Corner with Peter Bakowski

Poets' Corner is WestWords' monthly encounter with celebrated Australian poets, curated by David Ades.

Each month a poet is invited to read and talk about their poetry on a theme of the poet's choice.

Melbourne-based poet, Peter Bakowski, fell in love with the map of the world at the age of six. In 1983 he wrote his first poem while staying at a friend’s farmhouse in Waco, Texas, in response to receiving a “Dear John” letter from a Melbourne girl. As a result of that fateful letter, Peter ended up travelling for seven years, caught a freight train across Montana, lived in a cave on a Mexican island and ate gazelle cooked in stale blood with road builders in the Central Africa Republic. Peter has been writer-in-residence in Rome, Paris, Macau, Suzhou (China), Battery Point, Tasmania; Greenmount, Western Australia and at the Broken Hill Writers Festival. His poems continue to appear in literary magazines worldwide and have been translated into Arabic, Bahasa-Indonesian, Bengali, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin and Polish.

The following titles by Peter Bakowski are available to buy (prices listed and post-free):

• The Heart At 3am (Hale & Iremonger, 1997) $20

• Days That We Couldn’t Rehearse (Hale & Iremonger 2002) $20

• Beneath Our Armour (Hunter Publishers, 2009) $20

• Personal Weather (Hunter Publishers, 2014) $20

• The Courage Season (Guillotine Press, 2017) $20

• The Elsewhere Variations (co-written with Ken Bolton) (Wakefield Press, 2019) $20

• Wardrobe of Selves (Recent Work Press, 2019) $15

If interested, email Peter: pbakowski54@gmail.com



WestWords is a literature organisation whose mission is to provide support and resources for the writers, poets, artists, storytellers and creators of Western Sydney, in the form of events, workshops, residencies, school visits, fellowships, groups, consultations and mentorships.

For more information, visit our website at https://www.westwords.com.au/

WestWords is proudly supported by:

* CREATE NSW –Arts, Screen & Culture


* The City of Parramatta

* Blacktown City Council

* Campbelltown City Council

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Poets' Corner
WestWords' poetry podcast, hosted by David Ades
Poets' Corner is WestWords' monthly poetry online event, curated and hosted by poet, David Ades.

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This is a fortnightly news, reviews and interviews production of WestWords, a literature organisation based in Western Sydney. We offer programs, workshops, support, school author events and much more.