I had a conversation with Chris Tse. He’s a Wellington poet. He’s done some acting and music-making too but it’s for his books How To Be Dead In A Year of Snakes and the very recently released He’s So MASC that he is known; terrific books, a great writer and performer. I had only met him very briefly but we got to know each other in this conversation.We talked about his work and his influences and we went deep – a big, widescreen chat about music and films and books, about the things in life that mean so much, that make us and save us and inspire the work we go on to do.
Here’s one of Chris’ poems, published recently on the Spinoff. You can check out his books in the links above. And you will hear him read some poems dotted throughout the conversation here.
We talked about music fandom, travelling to see shows – going deep into the catalogues of favourite artists, supporting them through the good, great, patchy and even terrible albums.
And we talked a lot about the themes in Chris’ poems – autobiographical works for the most part.
I always say I enjoy these conversations, because I always do. But this one has certainly been one of my absolute favourites. A really big chat. So I hope you enjoy it also.
Here is episode 118 of Sweetman Podcast, my conversation with Wellington poet Chris Tse.