St. John’s poet laureate Mary Dalton continues her efforts to, in her words, “foreground” poetry in the capital city.
She’s already hosted a World Poetry Day event and introduced poets at city council meetings, and now she’s developed a podcast.
Dalton partnered with Memorial University’s campus and community radio station 93.5 CHMR-FM on the show, called Flahoolic.
“The word flahoolic has roots in the Irish language; one of its meaning given in the Dictionary of Newfoundland English is that of being overly generous,” Dalton was quoted in a news release.
“It seemed an apt word to suggest the abundance of poetry in St. John’s, and it has a delicious mouth feel – its own music.”
The podcast features Dalton’s poems and poetry by other St. John’s poets, past and present. The episodes focus on themes found in Dalton’s poetry, such as nature, the city and gender relations.
Flahoolic is available on podcast apps and Soundcloud. Several episodes are currently available, with more scheduled in the coming weeks.
According to the news release, the aim of Flahoolic is to offer up St. John’s poetry in its “ideal” form – sound.
“Poetry is essentially word-music that carries so many facets of our world,” Dalton was quoted saying.
The first episode features two of Dalton’s poems: “In Mist, In Fire” and “Plastic” with music by Chris McGee.
Hans Rollmann, program director at CHMR-FM, said the campus radio station is “delighted” to partner with Dalton to produce the podcast.