Season 3 Episode 38: Tina Do on Poetry in a Global World

Welcome to Tea Toast & Trivia.

Thank you for listening in.

Tina Do (photo provided)

I am your host Rebecca Budd, and I am looking forward to sharing this moment with you.

I am excited and thrilled to connect with my friend and poet, Tina Do, to discuss the poet’s journey in a global world. Tina Do is a Vancouver-based poet, unashamed dinosaur aficionado and Master of Arts student at Simon Fraser University living and working on the unceded traditional and ancestral territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the Səlil̓wətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwitlem) and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations.

Tina was honoured with her first publication credit from The /tƐmz/ Review and was longlisted for the CBC Poetry Prize in 2020.  Her poetry will be featured in the forthcoming Best Canadian Poetry, and Canadian Literature. These days, you can catch her reading up on whether or not dinosaurs had lips and trying not to over-love her plants. 

Tina and I first met at a Robert Burns celebration in February 2019 when she was the guest poet.  As she recited her poem “Multiples of 12” I felt tears comes.   Her voice resonated with emotional clarity and compassion.

I invite you to put the kettle on and add to this exciting conversation on Tea Toast & Trivia

Thank you for joining Tina and me on Tea Toast & Trivia.

And a special thank you, Tina, for sharing your insights, your love of poetry and your poet’s journey.  Your continued awareness, and love of words inspires me.  I know that you have encouraged listeners to recognize that poetry is a calling and a responsibility

Until next time we meet, dear friends, keep safe and be well.

Tina Do on Poetry in a Global World Tea. Toast. & Trivia.

25 Replies to “Season 3 Episode 38: Tina Do on Poetry in a Global World”

    1. Thank you, Tim, for your support and encouragement of these conversations – very much appreciated. I am delighted that you enjoyed meeting up with Tina.

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  1. This was a wonderful conversation Rebecca, about a subject I had never given much thought to- but will now! I wish her all luck getting her work published in the magazines she submitted to.

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    1. Thank you for listening in, Paul. I find that your writing has a poetic lilt, especially when you read the words. I treasure the gift of being able to read and write, to share our stories, and celebrate that we belong to a narrative that spans the centuries.

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  2. Thank you, Tina and Clanmother, for this interesting peek into this type of poetry and Art. I am intrigued by Tina’s way of finding her poetic pictures and inspirations for writing her poems. Congratulations to her early rewards and for the interest her poetry is bringing currently to readers and students. As I look out of by balcony across over to beautiful SFU, I will remember our Poet, Tina, and her students, I am glad that young people learning about poetry and how to find inspiration and words to write it, have such an exciting teacher to learn from. I have enjoyed reading about Tina’s journey until now, and wish her every success in her university, writing and teaching careers! !

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    1. Thank you so much for listening in and for your encouraging comments, Frances. I agree – it is wonderful to know that there is a new generation of students embracing a poet’s journey and making a difference. Sending many hugs!

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  3. Thank you, Rebecca and Tina, for the VERY absorbing conversation about poetry (and teaching)! Tina, your future chapbook will be well worth waiting for!

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    1. Thank you, Dave for listening in! Isn’t it wonderful when the next generation continues the stories, the writing, the creative endeavours. I think of your daughter, Maggie, who is a political reporter for The New York Times, a testament to recording the thoughts, events, insights of our times. It is the continuation of the narrative of humanity.

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  4. Hi Rebecca, I listened to this podcast last night, but didn’t manage to leave a comment. I enjoyed this discussion very much and was interested by Tina’s file of ‘line’ for potential poems. I know a lot of poets ‘force’ themselves to write whether they are inspired or not. They use pictures and other prompts to try and produce a word flow. Like Tina, I never do that. I only write when I am inspired to do so and that is why my poems come in a rush almost fully formed. Thank you for this introduction to a new poet to me.

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    1. Thank you, Robbie for listening in to this conversation. Poetry is in the ascendency, with social media acting as a way to reach a wider audience. This is exciting news. I have enjoyed your poetry recitation, Robbie, which is a testament to how we are able to create virtual spaces where poetry can be shared within a global community. It is a heartening development. https://www.queensjournal.ca/story/2020-02-06/pop-culture/our-modern-obsession-with-poetry-is-only-growing/

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      1. I am pleasantly surprised that poetry is so popular, that doesn’t seem to be the case in South Africa. Reading is not embedded in South African culture like it is in British culture. I was invited to submit poems and extracts from my books to Writings on the Wall Poetry & Creative Writing Hosted by Alexandro Botelho. I am discovering some lovely new writers and poets through joining this group. If you are interested you can listen here: Poetry & Creative Writing Hosted by Alexandro Botelho. I am the third author in the line up.

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      2. I am definitely interested Robbie. Just went over and listened to Alexandro Botelho’s (he lives in my part of the world – Canada) reading your writing and poetry. I especially enjoyed the poem “He Walks Away.” Isn’t it wonderful to connect across the oceans.

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  5. My daughter and I just listened to your conversation with Tina. My daughter is wondering about Tina’s interest in whether dinosaurs have lips!

    I was particuarly interested in Tina’s comments about just beginning to send work out to literary magazines. It’s been a very long time since I’ve been there or talked with someone who is at the beginning of her publication journey. It was good to be reminded of that perspective. Congratulations to Tina on her first publication!

    Tina’s comments about her students’ thinking they are bad writers struck a very responsive chord with me. I’m always confounded by the number of students who have already classified themselves as bad writers.

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    1. Oh, Liz – I knew you would enjoy listening to Tina’s insights and perspectives. She has a remarkable way to use poetry to inspire and challenge us to think of our personal journeys. Thank you so much for listening in and for your amazing support and encouragement of these conversations and the writing community.

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  6. This was a wonderful interview, Rebecca. I think you know that I love poetry, and I enjoyed hearing a poet explain so many aspects of how it affects them. I also loved hearing about Tina’s approach to her classroom.

    Gaining confidence in your own thoughts is so important. I like that she focuses on that in her class. I always wonder if it’s hard or rewarding that people interpret poems differently than how they struck the poet when they wrote the poem.

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    1. I am delighted that you listened in Tina’s discussion on poetry, Dan. I know that we share a love of poetry and admire all those who take pen to paper and bring out the words that speak to the soul. Your thought about interpretation has given me something to think about in the days ahead. I have never thought of that perspective before. With poetry, it is easy to be on the receiving end of the communication, but considering the poet’s perspective would add to my overall understanding. Oh, I do like that idea!!! Many thanks!

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