This week we are pleased to feature local Fremantle poet, Natalie D-Napoleon.
Natalie has had the most interest of creative careers. Singer-songwriter. Writer. Teacher. Poet. And currently a PhD candidate focussing on erasure poetry.
To learn more about erasure poetry, you will have to listen to our Editor, Michael Barker’s podcast interview with Natalie below!
Natalie has, like most poets one meets, been flirting with poetry since she was young. There’s the inner life experiment, then it blooms in the open.
Discussing poetry, and related things, with her was highly instructive.
Natalie’s poems have won prizes. Prizes perhaps aren’t everything, but they are certainly something, and they often help to get collections published.
In Natalie’s case, her poem First Blood: A Sestina won the 2019 Bruce Dawe National Ppetry Prize. It has now been followed by the publication late last year, by Ginninderra Press, of a beautiful collection of Natalie’s poems, titled First Blood.
You can easily buy a copy of First Blood at New Edition in Central Fremantle, or from Ginninderra Press.
And if you like to connect with Natalie, here’s her Facebook page.
And rather than tease you mercilessly about erasure poetry, here’s a small sample, which you’ll find in First Blood.
Now, settle in and listen to the interview, where Natalie not only discusses her work, but also reads some of her lovely poems so beautifully.