Living with John Totten

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An episode of Living with John Totten

By John Totten
Writing, life, and society hosted by John Totten
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Episode 7: Music by Ryan King & J.M. Cole + Poetry reading by Valissa & Symarceau
I was extremely honoured to put this episode together. Lots of great original music (by Ryan King & JM Cole /mydystopia) and poetry (by Valissa/ Valisaurus/ graphic violets) + some classic coverage of Plath by Sy Marceau (who has a beautiful voice). Anyone who would like to contribute audio to future episodes, please attach your audio clips to an email and send them to 
June 21, 2019
Episode 6: Poetry and music by Ryan King & Sylvia Plath poetry read by @symarceau
In this episode, Ryan King reads his work and also kindly shares one of his songs. The beautifully spoken Symarceau reads some of Sylvia Plaths very best work. I throw in a little bit of food for thought and read a poem by Ted Hughes. Feel free to get included in any of the podcast episodes. Just message and/or send your audio clips (poetry/music/discussions/anything really) attached to an email to  Don't forget to subscribe on Youtube or any of the other platforms. Look for the hashtag #john2ttn if you are finding ot difficult to get in touch. It would be good to hear from you. Hope you have a great week :) John 
June 12, 2019
Episode 5: Artists and Angels featuring Sy Marceau, Seasoundsc, Tara Nicole Writes, and Graphic_Violets
In this episode, Sy and Cynthia reflect on the past and contribute some amazing pieces of poetry. Also, there is a great piece of writing from Tara Nicole writes and a piece from Vali_saurus (aka graphic_violets).  All great artists #john2ttn #poetry #art 
May 28, 2019
Episode 4 Angels and Poetry: Featuring Vayouking, Angel Writer, Pi and Anne, Tara Nicole Writes, and Sy Marceau
Poetry this week is from Vayouking, Angel Writer, Pi and Anne, Tara Nicole Writes, and Sy Marceau. There's also a reading of Gary Snyder's poem "Riprap". The kids pop in for a moment to wish Angel Writer success with her new book 'Once Around the Halo' and read Samuel Taylor Coleridge. Topics discussed are studying, depression (including seasonal), and alcohol. If anyone wants to be included in the next episode just get an audio clip, attach it to an email, and send it to It doesn't have to be about poetry. Poetry is great and the main theme, but we can discuss anything. I hope you all enjoy this episode and get the volume turned up for full effect :) John 
April 28, 2019
Episode 3 Parental Alienation & Poetry: Featuring Cargo Ship Poet, alicewroteit,, Des, and Pi and Anne
I briefly touch on parental alienation and the family court system at the beginning of the episode. We then move onto the poetry with a quick reading of Bukowski. Cargo Ship Poet also reads for us in his highly entertaining and unique clever style. There's pieces from Pi and Anne, Phil D(, and alicewrote it. Don't forget to turn up that volume and send any poetry or commentary on things discussed in the podcast, or other material relevant to the podcast to All you have to do to participate is get yourself recorded in an mp3, attach it to an email, and send it to You can find me on Instagram, Youtube, or even Twitter very easily. Just look for the hashtag #john2ttn or my username 'john2ttn'  These podcasts are getting longer. This one is over 30 minutes long. Thanks to everyone who contributed and for making good things happen.  John 
April 14, 2019
Episode 2 Trauma and Writing: Featuring reading by Pi and Anne
In this weeks episode I read my poems, 'Exit' and 'Dad'. Pi and Anne also read an earlier piece of my work based on a real life event. There's a reading of Craig Raine and Bukowski too. Hope you guys have a great week. John #john2ttn @john2ttn 
April 7, 2019
Episode 1
Casey and I reading poems and experimenting to get better at public reading. Turn up the volume! William Blake, Christina Rossetti, Dr Seuss, and others. 
March 30, 2019
Poetry reading - The Whole Mess... Almost
A reading of Gregory Corso's poem 'The Whole Mess... Almost'. Read by John Totten
March 21, 2019
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