“Seldom does Radio New Zealand really ‘do’ poetry or verse even on a small scale,” says Executive Producer, Adam Macaulay, who admits to being unsure how Res Publica will be received by Radio New Zealand’s listeners. “But we just had to do it. From the moment I began reading the book — and discovered I couldn’t put it down — I knew we should risk it.”
Here at ImmortalMuse.com we’d like to thank Radio New Zealand for taking this risk. We encourage poetry-lovers around the world to listen to the episodes (we’d love your feedback), and hope it will make broadcasters more receptive to poetry productions in the future.Res Publica tells the story of “seven years and fifty weeks” in the life of Arcady Robinson, an intelligent, gifted, recently married — and recently disillusioned — young poet who one day makes a revolutionary discovery at longitude 175 58′.35E, latitude 36 16′.10S, off the eastern coast of New Zealand.
The poem will air in 11 episodes, with each episode made available for free download on the Radio New Zealand website.