Rocky Shore by Jenny Bornholdt Margaret Vos,10 Spark by Emma Neale Jenny Clay. 12 The Lakes of Mars by Chris Orsman Jenny Clay,14 In Continents by Richard Reeve Nancy Loader. 15 New New Zealand Poets in Performance ed by Jack Ross Jan Kemp Harvey Molloy. 16 Collected Poems 1951 2006 by C K Stead Laurice Gilbert Part 1 of 2. 18 get some by Sonja Yelich Jenny Argante,19 Haiku NewZ. 20 KiwiHaiku,Mini Competition, 20 22 Members Poems Nancy Loader Kathy McVey Julie Ryan Suzanne Vaassen. From The National Coordinator,Laurice Gilbert, No doubt you ve noticed there isn t a Feature Article this month This is mainly because I have a lot more. to say than usual but also because in the lead up to the anthology publication and launch I just ran out of. oomph and didn t commission one, My most pressing issue at the moment is the declining of our grant application by Creative New. Zealand for the 2009 2010 financial year The good news is that the Society will not need immediately to. close down In view of the reduced grant we were awarded for the current financial year the committee. had already discussed and the membership voted for an increase in the sub fees. This is always a sticky question Some of our members the minority to be sure think our subs are. way too low and we should be asking for more Others that we should have a reduced sub for unwaged. members which many of you are I like to think we ve struck a balance it s still affordable for those on. limited incomes as well as those with multiple subs to cover eg members of the NZ Society of Authors. whose sub has also just been raised yet we receive enough income to cover our basic operating costs. And therein lies the dilemma The subs will cover the tangible costs of printing and distribution of. the magazine the honorarium for our Treasurer a service that has been out sourced since the defrauding. of the Society by a volunteer Treasurer some years back secretarial consumables and auditing as well as. covering the biannual Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for Distinguished Contribution to Poetry due for. presentation in 2009 We could even still be able to pay guest poets so we can continue to have regular. monthly poetry readings and open mics open to everyone including prospective new members. What the subs will not cover is a living income for someone ie me to carry out all the Society s. activities including the work that goes into producing the magazine print and electronic versions. answering emails keeping the website up to date and informative monitoring and maintaining. membership details complying with Incorporated Society rules and regulations supervising the. production distribution and launching of the anthology liaising with the Treasurer and checking her. work each month writing quarterly reports to the committee keeping records of committee decisions. applying for funding and ensuring the Poetry Society is represented in literary networks and has a. presence in the arts culture of New Zealand I haven t included the running of the Competition in this. list as it pays for itself on a separate contract to the National Coordinator and is therefore extra work. I really want to keep this job I m totally committed to building the NZ Poetry Society into the. national organisation that specifically benefits poets and poetry a function to which no other NZ. organisation can lay claim More selfishly I love both what I do and the work life balance it gives me. whereby I can stay at home to work spend time with my animals share my family s interests and keep. up my own writing not always in that order I don t even mind that it doesn t pay very well 10 000. before tax this year But it needs to pay me something or I will have to get a real job ie one that makes. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. sense financially but without the same level of personal satisfaction. The committee has met to discuss the situation and has come up with some good fundraising. ideas Some of them mean more work for me which isn t a thrill but others are readily do able The 2008. Editor of our magazine Joanna Preston has generously donated a significant proportion of her editor s. fee back to the Society and our generous and very much involved Patron Dame Fiona Kidman has. offered a further donation to support the fundraising efforts I humbly request that you consider doing. likewise as your means allow As we are a Registered Charity I can provide an official receipt for the. purpose of claiming a tax deduction for your donation. As well I have met with a Creative New Zealand Advisor to look at how best to apply for funds. in the next funding round in February and have learned much about how to present our case and what. help I can get with the process, In the meantime it s business as usual as the budget allows me to work at least until the end of. the financial year in March 2009 That said I have been accepted for entry into the Iowa summer poetry. course run by the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University I don t get a trip to. Iowa sadly and the committee has kindly approved leave to enable me to immerse myself in poetry for. the duration of the course It will be my first break since I started work in September 2006. This issue of a fine line is coming to you before the holiday period containing more reviews than. usual to keep you going over the break and to tempt you to spend your Christmas book vouchers I m. grateful to our dedicated panel of reviewers who answered the call and got their copy to me in a much. shorter than usual time frame, Many festive wishes to you all and I look forward to hearing from you through emails and. poetry submissions in the new year,About our Contributors. Jenny Argante is a member of the Bravado Editorial Collective and of Tauranga Writers. Jenny Clay is an Auckland based poet who was challenged by a year at Whitireia Community. Polytechnic to make her poetry interests public, Nancy Loader lives in Christchurch and finds reading poetry easier than writing it. Harvey Molloy is a Wellington poet who recently published his first collection Moonshot. Margaret Vos is a Wellington poet and editor currently engaged in full time parenting. A Warm Welcome to,Ann Beard Pukekohe,Laura Close Nelson. Meg Davies Hamilton,Catherine Fitchett Christchurch. Jane Griffin Auckland,Monique Le Roux North Shore City. Robynanne Milford Christchurch,Letter to The NZ Poetry Society. I am sorry I can t make a personal approach to thank you for the extraordinary job you have done for. New Zealand through the Arts It has been a privilege to be the Associate Minister of Arts and to work. with such passionate and dedicated people,I wish you all the best for the future. Hon Judith Tizard MP Auckland Central, The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. Congratulations, Joanna Preston has won the inaugural Kathleen Grattan Award judged by Fleur Adcock for her. collection of poetry The Summer King Joanna will receive 16 000 and have her book published by Otago. University Press, Ginny Sullivan won the Indigo Dreams Press UK poetry competition in August 2008 with The Long. Goodbye Great going Ginny it s good to see NZPS members making their mark internationally. Emily Adlam and Pat White were finalists in the Manhire Prize for Creative Science Writing Emily s. story Five in the Fiction section and Pat s work The New Dam Story of an Intervention in the Non. fiction section, Laurice Gilbert cheesy grin had her poem Island Bay selected as the Dominion Post Wednesday Poem. on 26 November The poem was first published in JAAM 26 ed Tim Jones Thanks to Tim and Rosemary. Wildblood for telling me,Publications, New arrivals on the NZPS bookshelf since the last issue. JAAM 26 ed by Tim Jones JAAM Collective 2008 An awesome issue not least because it contains 2. poems by yours truly but also work from NZPS members Anne Harr Barbara Strang David Gregory. Eric Dodson Harvey Molloy Helen Lowe poetry and prose Janis Freegard Jenny Powell Jo Thorpe. John O Connor Keith Westwater Kerry Popplewell Robin Fry Sue Reidy and Sugu Pillay. Moonshot by Harvey Molloy Steele Roberts 2008 is Harvey s first collection against a background of. poems published in NZ Listener JAAM and Takahe Harvey won the Open Section of the NZPS. international poetry competition in 2004, Before the Sirocco ed by Joanna Preston NZPS 2008 RRP 25 22 to NZPS members Let me remind. you what a superb book this is and what a great Christmas present it makes The 2008 NZPS anthology. collects the best poems and haiku from the thousands entered into this year s annual international poetry. competition Poems about love and loss about impending disaster about tragedies public and private. From elegies to acrostics villanelles to vers libre Cats hats sparrows and winos moon landings sons. and seaside musings See for yourself what 123 poets from eight countries have made of the world we. live in today It s selling quickly and will be out of print once the remaining copies fewer than 50 are. Noticeboard, For a complete list of regional events and to find the poetry meeting in your town please go to our website. www poetrysociety org nz,THE BLACK DOG, I am writing a book about depression something that often manifests in writers I would very much. appreciate the chance to interview or hear from fellow writers who have also suffered from this. condition I understand this is a sensitive and personal issue and will respect your wish to remain. anonymous if this is something you would prefer I am looking at issues such as attempted suicide. medications use of alcohol or other drugs to deal with the problem psychotherapy and the relationship. between depression and writing If you are a writer who has suffered from depression I would. appreciate your input Please contact me on 09 820 0672 or email michael morrissey pl net. POETS WANTED, If any poet will be visiting Christchurch from mid March to end April and would like to take part in the. Canterbury Poets Collective autumn series of readings please contact Judith Walsh at njw clear net nz. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. UPDATE FROGPOND EDITORS VISIT TO NZ, Thursday 5th February 2009 1 pm George Swede well known North American haiku poet and editor of. the Haiku Society of America s journal Frogpond will be visiting New Zealand with his wife Anita. Krumins Frogpond s Assistant Editor Wellington s Windrift Haiku Group is hosting them at their. February meeting Most of the meeting will take the form of a question and answer forum with George. and Anita Windrift invites any interested NZPS members to join them at the meeting If you plan to. attend please RSVP to Karen or Nola by 24th January to find out the venue Karen Butterworth 29 Kirk. St Otaki 5512 ph 06 364 5810 karenpetbut xtra co nz Nola Borrell 177A Miromiro Rd Normandale. Lower Hutt Ph 04 586 7287 nolaborrell xtra co nz, The visitors full NZ itinerary which includes Auckland Katikati Tauranga Wellington Picton. and Christchurch is available from Ernie Berry 03 5737774 bluberry xtra co nz. VERSE IN OUR EAR, On the subject of poetry readings Bill Manhire writes One of the pleasures of hearing poets read their. work is a sense of intimacy that isn t always there on the page we are let into secrets of tone and feeling. that the page can t easily divulge Equally on the page poems can go far too fast the eye speeds up and. summarises The ear however can only hear words at the rate which the voice releases them so when we. listen to poems there is a strange kind of narrative excitement as well as music IIML e newsletter. Workshops Residencies,Courses at Otago School of Media. Certificate in Creative Writing 2009 This 34 week part time programme runs from Feb to Nov and is for. those who wish to develop their skills in creative writing Course content is broad based covering fiction. poetry and creative non fiction Emphasis is on peer and tutor feedback on workshops and set exercises. in a relaxed and supportive atmosphere A comprehensive workbook is provided covering all aspects of. the craft Well known professional writers evaluate two of the four writing assignments Current writing. can be incorporated into assignment work This course involves 300 hours of face to face teaching and. will be taught primarily on two mornings a week, Certificate in Creative Writing for Publication 2009 This workshop based programme allows students to. apply the professional tools required to plan develop and critically reflect on a major writing project i e. a novel collection of short stories poems or a memoir which will allow them to complete a body of. work to a publishable standard Entrance into this course is based on having passed the Certificate in. Creative Writing or having a body of published writing This course involves 120 hours of face to face. teaching and will be taught primarily on one afternoon a week Course co ordinator and tutor is Diane. Brown poet novelist and memoirist 0800 DUNEDIN PHONE 03 471 7628 FAX 03 471 7629 Email. studydunedin aoraki ac nz or dianeb aoraki ac nz Website http ww aoraki ac nz. The Kingi McKinnon Scholarship for Emerging Writers Applications close 18 January This. scholarship is open to unpublished writers who wish to develop their creative writing skills with a view. to achieving publication and will pay the fees of the Waiariki Certificate in Creative Writing for one year. The Certificate programme begins 23rd February 2009 and ends early December. Entry criteria for applicants are as follows Unpublished writer No age limit but you must be a New. Zealand Citizen or Permanent Resident Teaching is online so you must have reliable access to a. computer and internet connection Submit two pieces of writing up to 500 words in any two of the. following genre short story poetry review comment or essay Then include a statement of 300 words. max on why you should be the recipient Work must be your original work and you must apply. personally If you re under 18 attach signed parental guardian approval attached to your application. You must not be currently employed in a field directly connected with fiction or non fiction writing The. successful applicant will be advised by 1st February 2009 and will be expected to complete course work. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. on time and pass all courses and to acknowledge the Scholarship in their future CV For info. application form contact Denize Coker Waiariki IT ph 0800 Waiariki or e mail. Denize Coker waiariki ac nz For the purpose of this scholarship unpublished refers to paid writing. not to work published without payment Applicants may have published up to three items for which they. were paid minimum fees Please advise details in the application form. Competitions Submissions, A substantial list of competitions submissions is available in the Members Only section of our website. Best New Zealand Poems 2008 Closing date 22 December Editor James Brown Poems need to have. been published in the 2008 calendar year and may have appeared in books journals or online. publications editions of selected poems will not be considered We recommend that writers check with. their publisher before sending books in to avoid double ups Work should be addressed to BNZP Editor. c International Institute of Modern Letters Victoria University PO Box 600 Wellington. Landfall 217 Call for Submissions Deadline 10 January Flung The Expatriate Issue edited by Paula. Morris Landfall 217 explores the creative work New Zealand writers and artists are producing in or about. other places as well as the ways travelling and living elsewhere informs our work when and if we. return home Send fiction poetry personal essays and other non fiction as Word documents to. pjkmorris gmail com Write the words LANDFALL SUBMISSION in the subject line Please include. relevant personal information in the e mail and complete contact details Other correspondence and art. portfolios to Landfall Otago University Press PO Box 56 Dunedin New Zealand. Snorkel 9 Call for Submissions Closing date 15 February Submissions to Snorkel are by email Only. previously unpublished work is considered Send up to 5 poems and or 2 prose pieces as attachments in. either Microsoft Word or RTF or as text included in the body of the email to snorkel snorkel org au. Please allow 8 weeks from the closing date for notification of acceptance or rejection Snorkel is unable to. offer payment for submissions or engage in correspondence regarding individual submissions For. accepted work copyright reverts to the author upon publication. Website http snorkel org au 008, a fine line Call for Submissions Deadline 20 February The editor welcomes your contributions We. currently pay a small fee for Feature Articles book reviews and Talk Poems See publication guidelines. for these and other sections of the magazine at, http www poetrysociety org nz aboutsubmissionguidelines We also welcome submissions of poems. from members though there is currently no payment available for these For that reason we do not insist. on First Publishing Rights However if you submit a previously published poem please advise so that. correct attribution of the original publication details can be made. Wily Publications Call for Submissions Submissions must be received by 28 February. Poetry and short prose up to 2000 words for an anthology featuring writings about Canterbury New. Zealand coast plains and high country Fiction and non fiction current and historical works are. welcomed but copyright must be held by the person submitting the work Work may be previously. published but not anthologised, Submissions must be typed double spaced poetry may be single spaced on one side of A4. Please ensure that name postal and email addresses are included a statement of ownership of copyright. as well as a stamped self addressed envelope for notification and payment if applicable Submissions. will not be returned and unaccepted work will be destroyed Please send submissions to. Canterbury Anthology 37A Holly Road Christchurch 8014 The anthology will be edited by Karen Zelas. a writer of poetry and fiction and Fiction Editor of Takahe. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. upstreet Call for Submissions USA Postmark Deadline 1 March upstreet an independent literary. annual is seeking quality submissions with an edge of short fiction creative nonfiction and poetry for. its fifth issue Payment is in author copies For sample content and to submit visit http www upstreet. mag org For news about upstreet and its authors visit http www upstreetfanclub blogspot com. The Electronic Poetry Network USA Call for Submissions No specific deadline If you wish to have. your poems considered for The Electronic Poetry Network please send 5 10 short poems no longer than. about 50 words each to ccolon shreve lib org The poems do not need to be haiku They just need to be. short and suitable for the general public Previously published poems are acceptable The poetry on the. EPN is displayed all day or all weekend long on an electronic message board which is located on the first. floor of the Main Branch of Shreve Memorial Library Shreveport Louisiana They also post the poems on. their web site http www shreve lib org images Poem htm The site features a week s worth of poems In. addition the Poem of the Day is e mailed to poetry lovers in the 20 branch library system. http www shreve lib org poemofday htm,Surfing the Web. http www poetrysociety org nz A gentle reminder that our own website is packed with information on. local events and opportunities which are updated daily Monday to Friday by your dedicated National. Coordinator The Members section has archived magazines additional competition and submission. listings not available in the public pages and Society records such as the Constitution Minutes of the. AGM and the annual budget, http www facebook com group php gid 5347993997 This is the Facebook home page of the Oxford. University Poetry Society No doubt there are others thanks to Linzy Forbes for bringing this one to my. attention We ll have one of our own soon, http www webook com Another online self publishing site with a difference Members can work on. their publishing project on the site workshopping the writing receiving feedback as they go and even. collaborating with other writers if they want to then move the book into the site shop. http newzealandpoetryforum yuku com directory A little used so far poetry posting forum just for NZ. poets Interesting challenge post a poem a day for as long as you can keep it up. Regional Reports, Readers are invited to submit reports on local events they attend Please email to editor poetrysociety org nz as. attached Word or rtf documents or send hard copies to PO Box 5283 Wellington 6145. NOVEMBER MEETING OF THE NZPS WELLINGTON, The November 2008 meeting of the New Zealand Poetry Society was the first to be held in the new. premises that we ll be using for all our Wellington meetings in 2009 an upstairs meeting room at the. Thistle Inn, The Thistle Inn is Wellington s oldest pub dating from 1845 It used to be on the waterfront and. in its earliest days Te Rauparaha was recorded to have popped in by sea for a drink Now it has. answered the Poetry Society s prayers and rewarded Laurice Gilbert s tireless efforts by becoming the. new regular venue for our monthly meetings, It s perfectly placed for the job as it s located on the corner of Kate Sheppard Place and Mulgrave. St about two minutes from Wellington Railway Station and the bus depot It s not be confused with. Thistle Hall in Te Aro where we met earlier this year Our meetings are upstairs but many of the 25. people who attended took advantage of the opportunity to buy drinks and or a meal at the bar. downstairs and bring them to the meeting room Turnout at Poetry Society meetings has been increasing. during 2008 and this turnout bodes well for 2009, The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. The meeting started as usual with an open reading session The open readers included Harvey. Molloy Alan Wells Nola Borrell Robin Fry Saradha Koirala Janis Freegard Isle Park and Lora. Mountjoy Isle runs a poetry programme on Access Radio if you re interested in being involved in this. National Coordinator Laurice Gilbert has Isle s contact details. After a short break that mysterious body The Academy revealed itself to the world The. Academy consists of five poets Laurice Gilbert Anne Harr Gillian Cameron Margaret Vos and. Sugu Pillay Each Academician not a name they call themselves as far as I m aware read for about five. minutes and I enjoyed hearing each member s work Some of the poems read had recently appeared in. issue 26 of JAAM magazine which I guest edited so hearing these live was especially enjoyable for me. All in all this meeting coming as it did a couple of weeks after the well attended launch of the. 2008 NZPS Anthology Before the Sirocco was a good way to finish 2008 and a pointer to a successful 2009. WINDRIFT WELLINGTON,Correction and Apology, The report for Windrift a fine line November 08 stated that Irene Ruth had contributed the haiku. southerly change,don t shatter with each breath,my mid winter dreaming. when it was actually penned by Penny Pruden and of course only Penny could pen a Wellington. WINDRIFT OCTOBER MEETING,Nola Borrell, This workshop was particularly non conformist We wrote to three themes open spring and. silence noise and produced 2 and 4 liners free syllabary and puns even Nola Borrell this time Neil. Whitehead submitted a slip blank on both sides his take on zen silence Bevan Greenslade offered a. musical whole bar rest in his silence shades of John Cage And the heaped plate of well risen muffins. provided by host Kerry Popplewell prompted a new collective noun a popple of muffins. We discussed whether and when work from our workshops should be reported to and so. perhaps published in a fine line because at that point it is legally published We agreed that the. reporter could use any haiku presented in the group unless the writer specifically withdrew the work. as not for publication The workshopping practice is reflected in several of the following haiku. Open theme,Trapped rat,Saddleback sings,Neil Whitehead. baby sparrows,nestling in line,in corrugations of the roof. Sally Holmes,the colour of spring,wattle kowhai lucerne. even gorse blossoms defiantly,Penny Pruden,Thought to be a good poem but not yet a haiku. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. Silence Noise,the altered colour,of thought,Ernie Berry. An outstanding profound haiku best of the day most were envious. never the two,and silence,Kerry Popplewell,The group workshopped. birdsong ring tone,a grey warbler answers,the cell phone. Karen Butterworth,into simply,birdsong ring tone,a grey warbler answers. Contact Nola Borrell Ph 04 586 7287 Email nolaborrell xtra co nz. You ve got to love libraries You ve got to love books You ve got to love poetry You ve got to love. everything about literature Then you can pick the one thing you love most and write about it. Ray Bradbury,The Rocky Shore Jenny Bornholdt VUP 2008. RRP 25 ISBN 9780864735805,Margaret Vos, First let me confess that I ve been a Jenny Bornholdt fan since a friend gave me Miss New Zealand I. immediately felt a connection with and an ease about Bornholdt s work and it was apparent why she is. a well regarded poet, Second let me complain that the cover design and font of her new collection The Rocky Shore does. a disservice to the collection The ocean themed fabric look cover and needlepoint font went beyond. domesticity into chintz I see the connection with her domestic themes but it devalues her work by. tethering her to home and family when her poems go well beyond these themes. Third let me commend the content Once again her work speaks to me as both a poet and a. Six poems comprise the collection they connect and resonate with each other across the six years. that they were written although I doubt they neatly sum up one year each Autobiographical in nature. the poems reveal Bornholdt s approach to poetry family and daily life It seems an honest glimpse into. how a poet finds or receives inspiration converts observations into poetry and still manages a complex if. ordinary family life, The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. The Rocky Shore made me think about how you select and alter which memories and skeletons. to share with others and how to determine what is fitting for a poem She is able to be personal without. being confessional in spite of the first poem s title Bornholdt questions what is poetry throughout. the collection in poems like Fitter Turner,At this point I remember someone commenting on. an earlier poem of mine which resembles this one, saying some people might think it s not poetry Well. Later in Big Minty Nose read the notes at the end of the book she aptly and ably advocates the. source of her work her life and her poetry,I think the garden. Is as much poem as this poem is And the washing and the coffee. are also poem The men next door with hammers and,saws they have become poem along with. the steps and the stick insects one red one green,stuck to the shed window looking in. In fact those lines describe up a good poet s existence as well as the sphere of Bornholdt s poetry. think Emily Dickinson She elevates the mundane into poetry and reminds me that inspiration is found. where you look for it She merges the questions what is poetry with what is garden and what is life. big themes that cross geographic social and gender boundaries. One feature I did not enjoy was the two line stanza structure of most of her poems I felt this was. too artificial and it didn t add to the meaning or rhythm of the work for me Perhaps it was meant to. create borders and enforce consideration of her words Yet I found myself reading past the structure. Finally I wonder why she didn t select her garden as a title and the basis for a cover design Her. garden provide a unifying motif and theme and makes a better metaphor for her life and her poetry. certainly in the context of this collection, The best poets are ones you can grow with and with The Rocky Shore Bornholdt will continue to be. a New Zealand favourite I look forward to seeing where her garden leads her next. Spark Emma Neale Steele Roberts 2008 78 pp ISBN 978 1 877448 19 5 RRP 24 99. Jenny Clay, Emma Neale has written four novels and Spark is her third book of poetry She recently edited a. collection of poems on parenthood Swings and Roundabouts and in her introduction to this she said. the biggest adjustments in her life were to her father s death and to becoming a parent. Spark consists of two parts The poems in Part 1 also called Spark follow Neale s transition into. parenthood the development of her child and interactions with her son Abe The collection starts with. Real pregnancy tales of twenty four women Mary could only eat jet planes jubes and aniseed balls for. three whole months and Trudy just had to clean around all the tap rims with sewing needles It. moves on to poems such as Broken nights and And are you still writing where the author is trying to. form small tight skinned poems in the spaces in between soothing feeding and changing the baby. In the Fourth trimester the first three being inside the mother the parents are still pushing him into the. The title of the book comes from Abe s first word A lie uh duh as he points to where the. sunlight falls the spark of an idea and light,That s right we say A light a light. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. When he points to a hyacinth door cat his parents say No until they look again. it gathers in thick cones rods of bee caves,dozens of lilac oboe mouths. and they see the shapes of light everywhere as their son does. Abe has Emma wrap the ordinary an egg cup snack stained book and a chopping board in. Lucky Dip He gives her the package and is delighted at her pantomime surprise. Wrap it tape it ribbon it,Open it What have we got. Look at him A gift, Neale enters the child s world In the poem Ogre the person encountered in the supermarket has. a stare that is black ice and whose jersey stitches gape like the broken ribs of a phantom ship Her. son wonders Might that really be a pirate At the checkout counter Neale looks in his basket and she. discovers Captain Terror to be an ordinary isolated man. Her images are evocative In Going to Sleep she compares Abe to a small cold metal dinghy. that needs someone first to hold it then to push it firmly off the shingle into the shallows of a lake In. Two her son clings licks and nips his mother,Like he s testing her for gold or tin. or practising to haul her,by the scruff of her skin. to save her from the flood of herself, There are many poems based around sounds In Aubade Abe begins to talk trying out vowels. Oh ooh Oh like an oboe practising arpeggios and scales and in Renewal he mimics a bird he hears. Be deep Be deep singing the barcode scanner song In Mirror there is the cat purring The mirror. is broken after the door slams,silver threads fine as baby hair. that would lacerate the skin like wire, Stand back Emma gasps at her son as he goes to clasp each pretty glistering trinket when the cat. pads in and over glassy coals purring a mantra Om Mani Padmi Hum. Buzz Track in the second half of the book is from the recording of a room s sounds without. dialogue when putting together a film scene It has the obvious the sizzle and crackle of an oil heater. and less obvious,The slow flow of old windows,as the panes sink into themselves. Exposure the poem which takes the title of Part 2 shows the gradual building up of resistance. by increasing levels of exposure to fears It begins with spiders then heights and finally loss For spiders. the first exposure is to Look at a picture of a spider and the last is Allow a spider to remain in the. palm of your hand There is an effective build up in each finishing with loss Allow the absence to. remain in the palms of your hands, In Open Home Neale and her husband are looking for a larger house They are weekend. voyagers and come to homes where long incisions have been made and half the wall of family. portraits are dumbly blank The agent is an undertaker dealing with a settlement property a herd. of haunts and although the house is perfect We won t take it. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. Part 2 contains several poems about Marc Chagall under Chagallerie The early life of Marc. Chagall Yellow Opus and Night feeds Most of the poems in the second part appear less personal. than the first but not all Neale s husband is a mountain guide and one of the poems is called Loving a. mountaineer where your absence a white vista with no welcome ledge. Reversal seems to be going backwards from the knowledge of Neale s father s death It tells the. sequence of events in reverse ending with,as if he knew. of no turning back,our father opened his door, There are poems in Neale s first book of poetry Sleevenotes published in 1999 which also refer to. this event Personal Best begins Every Sunday our father trained and finishes with grief sees him. outpace and leave us once again, Emma Neale s poems in Spark are generally are very accessible putting her personal experience. into poetic form particularly around the journey into parenthood with her young son. The Lakes of Mars by Chris Orsman AUP 2008 58pp RRP 24 99 ISBN 978 186940 408 6. Jenny Clay, This book is divided into two parts Many of the poems in the first part were previously in Pemmican. publication White Wind a hand bound letterpress poetry book Pemmican Press was founded by. Orsman along with Harry Ricketts and Brendan O Brien in 1998 The second part of the collection was. inspired by Antarctica where Chris Orsman travelled on an Artists in Antarctica grant in 1998 with Bill. Manhire and painter Nigel Brown Orsman has previously written about the Antarctic in South An. Antarctic Journey recreating Scott s expedition in a sequence of voices South was his second poetry book. published in 1996 after Ornamental Gorse 1994 won Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana Book. The third poem of the second half of The Lakes of Mars takes the title of the collection where the. lake described,neatly simulates an ice bound,port to the solar system. a mirror to the lakes of Mars, Orsman is concerned about geographies He talks in the book about landscape mindscape and. perspective In the first poem of Part 1 he asks,what do we know. of hidden topographies, He explores the world through the lens of the camera in Instamatic It is based around his old. plastic Kodak 133 which had two settings that covered all weathers cloudy and sunny A whole century. moves until you stop it the early photos resisting focus yet he is charmed by inaccuracy. the kitchen in a previous incarnation,with its round shouldered refrigerator. The images are stalled in time such as his grandparents in a plain bungalow in Blenheim the. first house in the subdivision a bottle display and his brother Derek reading Tintin on a bed. There are links to family in several poems Volunteer is about his great grandfather William. Orsman who at nineteen was one of the men advancing on Parihaka He previously featured in poems in. Ornamental Gorse Volunteer starts with the we of the men advancing. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. We met no resistance throughout that country,everything we carried was a dead weight. The poet then changes from we to you and talks about. lodged within crouched and defensive,behind the heart s palisades. and challenges the you or tries to understand his ancestor s perspective. Bequeath to me,your clear sight on that morning whatever. is necessary in your ignorance, Mappa takes a completely different perspective the chart translated from a satellite s bland. stare yet Orsman says,we have no internal GPS,to navigate the portals of the wind. The wind runs through many of the poems A white wind scourges the harbour as a man jokes. with someone out of view in the White Wind It is the last year of Victoria s reign and the couple on. mouth a dialogue still audible,over ninety years as distance squints back. from the false horizon, At the end of the poem we find the picture frame s a natural division of the wind We are looking at a. picture framed as Orsman carefully frames his poems. Horizons are also a feature of his poems In Primer of Ice and Stone. diagonals that lunging,of the linear,works its way somehow. into each horizon, He wrote this poem for an exhibition of ceramic works by Raewyn Atkinson Terra Nova inspired by her. 2002 Antarctic experience, In the second part of The Lakes of Mars Chris Orsman explores the landscape of Antarctica In. Into the Taylor Valley there are,walls of rock jutting outcrops. a vertical thrust that tilts the mind,off balance, In What the Camera Missed we are again looking at the perspective of the camera The camera. collecting most of it for you,to scavenge later bits and pieces. missed at the edge of the film, Yet the camera misses everything really the scent of the released meltwater stream buried. alive in antiquity the taste of a glacier Smells and sounds are also an aspect of the Book of the Dead. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. the second sequence of poems in this section where Orsman shows the relics of previous explorers to. Antarctica particularly of Scott and his men In Cape Evans there is within the roofed space of the hut. the smell of a whole century of blubber ponies harness oil old meals pungent cigar smoke and a. book shut tight for eight decades In The Beach an Edwardian march timing the systole of sea and. shore grinds out of the brass gorge of a phonograph. Orsman uses careful juxtaposition of words to craft his images and evoke the landscape At times. I was challenged to explore the dictionary for meanings such as the katabatic a wind common in. Antarctica and present in several poems He plays with perspective and horizons looking through the. lens of the camera through art maps and assembled objects of the past knowing that the landscape and. mindscape may be glimpsed but not captured He provides a frame and yet allows us to see around this. frame He does what he describes in relation to the Terra Nova exhibition in Primer of Ice and Stone. through conscious art,what has been felt and seen, with layers of found history and his own translation. In Continents by Richard Reeve AUP 2008 72pp RRP 25 ISBN 978 1 86940 406 2. Nancy Loader, Richard Reeve was born in 1976 and brought up in Dunedin He has a doctorate in New Zealand poetic. reality and twentieth century continental philosophy He has had poems published internationally and. has won academic prizes for his writing He is a reviewer and editor for Otago University Press and. literary magazine Glottis New Writing In keeping with his concerns for the environment he is Chair of. The Upland Landscape Protection Society This is his third collection of poems. Reeve is highly skilled at writing the closed form making the techniques look easy and this. collection is filled with examples of his ability It s divided into three parts with a Proem by way of. introduction and ends with a series of notes that help to illuminate some of the poems From Proem. Unheeding any language past thought perhaps,More powerful than any love the land moves. The mountains build an ice shawl of their caps,Translating in the trillion bed rock grooves. Into god sized rivers working wide the gaps,And we like bits of lint pass through all of this. Almost without a thought for what will come,Sometimes the plates will shiver in their kiss. And thousands scream but generally we um,And get on with our work Such agelessness. Or something like that yes they dream it so,Such weight of time that drags the crust beyond. It s difficult to discern a pattern of subject matter across the three parts of the book although. historical figures and environmental issues have a significant role In part 1 Five Songs for Edward III. Tupaia The Occupation of Tiberius and The Baptism of Guthrum are carefully wrought. Dour obtuse though at Villa Jovis sick,With the sour employments of far off Rome. He held court with the sea Would sometimes flick,A prisoner from the tooth steep rag of rock. He slept out on like a vulture His home,Capri its girls fresh each plum with its charm. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz. Spoke more of truth to his evicting heart,Than lords who pestered him to play his part. from The Occupation of Tiberius, In part II Reeve engages in a series of very long poems some of which are about poetry itself. Formalist MP Confesses has 17 eight line stanzas and I have to confess that my eyelids started to close. around stanza number ten This may be due to my poor concentration span but the subject matter was. also a touch esoteric which is according to the publisher the role of poetry as revelation of the ethical. horizon of human existence and how as a species the human race willfully neglects to act in accordance. with this revelation Phenotypical resembles a contemporary sestina with its repetition of phrases. throughout its 20 stanzas but it also adheres to end rhyme in an abacbcc pattern and has seven lines not. six No doubt it has a name,Quite normal for the time not less her joy. At having viewed some inauspicious birth,Than that of kings who sweated to destroy. The mountain faith of granite pious men,Then woke one morning to a godless earth. So she lived gently harkening to when,Some inauspicious life might seize her pen. Quite normal for the time not less some man,Who might have been a president perhaps. However he was not Though owned a van,Admired his beer yet could not find a soul. To lift the life that peered beyond the taps,So he lived poorly watched the barflies crawl. And then one morning shot away his skull, Part III contains Rumour a villanelle and Seven Songs for Islands which relates to islands off. the South Island of NZ and their histories El Dorado and Technology and Barbarism cover. environmental issues, Overall Reeves grasp of language and form is formidable It s the kind of poetry that s probably. best read aloud by one of those great Shakespearean actors sitting round an enormous open fire in a. stone walled mansion with drifts of snow outside, However his open verse where it occurs appears a little weak juxtaposed with the closed forms. and I found some of his poems incomprehensible or too verbose. Definitely for those who love the language of highly accomplished poetry with meter and rhyme. and those who like to take their poems long and slow. New New Zealand Poets in Performance Eds Jack Ross Jan Kemp Auckland University Press 2008. RRP 45 00 ISBN 978 1 86940 409 3,Harvey Molloy, I ve greatly enjoyed the previous two books in this series Classic New Zealand Poets in Performance and. Contemporary New Zealand Poets in Performance Each book in the series features two CDs of the poets. reading their works This means that you can as I did listen to the poems whilst you re driving around. and then check out the printed poems in the book Each book is attractively designed with an excellent. cover the cover of wild fractal paisley designs from Sarah Hughes Never Let Me Go shows the very. good visual taste of the editors which has run through the series. I don t particular suffer from selection anxiety so I m looking for a good anthology with some. enjoyable poems rather than a clever introduction and this selection from poets such as Jack Ross James. The New Zealand Poetry Society January 2009 Editor Laurice Gilbert info poetrysociety org nz.
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