Between the Leaves
Episode six: Love

“Love can do all but raise the dead”

Poems on love, desire and loss selected by Ellen van Neerven and Hermina Burns. Special guest: Andrea Goldsmith.

The poems selected are about love. Some also touch on the grief we feel when we lose a loved one. One poem in particular is about the loss of a child. If this raises any issues for you, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit our website for a full list of support services.

Featured poets

Dorothy Porter

Ellen van Neerven

Judith Wright

Emily Dickinson

Josie Arnold

Hermina Burns

Poems (in order of appearance)

Porter, Dorothy. ‘Why I love your body’. Crete, South Melbourne: Hyland House, 1996.

DickinsonEmily. ‘1731’. The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, Boston: Little, Brown, 1924

Burns, Hermina. ‘Considering a long marriage’. Against Separation Creek, Bristlebird Press, 2019.

Wright, Judith. ‘Stillborn’. Judith Wright: Collected Poems, Angus and Robertson, 1971.

ArnoldJosie. ‘Patchwork’. Love Laughing among the Trees, Longman Cheshire, 1982.

van Neerven, Ellen. “This deadly love”. Throat, University of Queensland Press, 2020.



Hosts Ellen van Neerven, Hermina Burns

Music (Intro) Loop Lady – 2. In the Middle by Sally Whitwell; (outro) Black Smoke by Emily Wurramara

Co-producers Mary Crooks AO, Maria Chetcuti, Ally Oliver-Perham

Sound engineer Nicholas Pollock

Recording  Squeak E. Clean Studios, the Voice Plant

Graphic design Aimee Carruthers