- coffee & tv. blur
- tender. blur
- could we. cat power
- summersong. the decembrists
- the crane wife #3. the decembrists
- voices carry. till tuesday
- fuck me pumps. amy winehouse
- this side of the blue. joanne newsam
- the mess we're in. pj
- good fortune. pj
- 1959. patti smith
- whirl away. patti smith
- good morning
. aztec camera britain
- beat connection. lcd soundsystem
- I will kill again. jarvis
- airport grief. nitin sawhney
- ashima becomes a widow. nitin sawhney
- from the well-tempered clavier. bach
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Yesterday James Norcliffe's new book came in the post to be reviewed and I love the cover image by Klara Tamas (I haven't read the book yet.) I am a little stuck on the cover design for my work-in-progress Moonshot.
Wednesday, 29 August 2007
Wednesday, 5 September 2007
Friday, July 27, 2007
Flu has hit the house (again) with Rohan ill and Latika not the best. I'll have to see how everyone's feeling before I rush off to Petone tonight (I'm only a guest reader, not named on the programme).
Thursday, July 26, 2007
At Cogitate Interactive Studio
Unit 1, 47 Buick Street, Petone
This poetry event is part of the Montana Poetry Day celebration of poetry
Poetry events are been held throughout New Zealand on Friday the 27th of July 2007.
Poems will be read by local poets Ron Riddell, Mike "in Tights ‘ Webber, Neil W Furby, Desiree Gezentsvey, Julie Englebretsen (and me) and will be accompanied by local musicians
"We are really pleased to holding this event in this unique art space and will be presenting a different style poetry reading which will be both fun and provocative." said Neil Furby.
Also we will be serving mulled wine and roasted chestnuts a winter seasonal favorite after the readings
Friday, July 20, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Rachel McAlpine has finished her first massive poetry blog A for Blog and has now started C for Blog.
There are two productions of King Lear scheduled for Wellington in August. The Royal Shakespeare company (featuring one time Dr Who Sylvester McCoy as The Fool and Ian McKellen as Lear) is playing on August 11 and 12. Tickets are around $100 a pop.
The Bacchanals in association with The Fortune Theatre are performing Lear from August 1 - 5. Edward Petherbridge stars are Lear. Tickets are around $25 (much more in my price range). There's a great story over at theatreview on the uncanny way The Bacchanals battle other production companies when they stage Shakespeare.
And Takahe now has a new website with information on the upcoming short story competition.
And Kapiti Coast is having it's first literary festival Off the page featuring Dinah Hawkin, Roma Potiki and others. I'll try to get up there...
And I've just started to read Slate again...and Neil Gaiman's totally brilliant blog.
Finally, on a more serious note, you might want to think about signing Trade Aid's anti-slavery petition.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
I just finished Home Run, a satisfying short novel by Paula Boock aimed at NZ teenagers. Byrony leaves Christchurch to start a new life in Merimeri. As a rich white girl she's immediately labeled as an outsider so she decides to shoplift to try to fit in with her new crowd. The novel's tightly written and offers no easy solutions to the problems faced by both Byrony and Ata. As well as the direct, economical prose and the strong characters which Boock draws with a few powerful lines, I like the way the novel points to the often ignored social limits and constraints that are at work in New Zealand.
My poem 'Meet the Ws' is being published in the anthology Poetry Pudding. There's a Wellington launch reading with James Brown, Robin Fry, Tim Jones, myself, Marie Smith and Phillipa Werry on Friday 27 July at Katipo cafe from 2-3PM.
Saturday, July 07, 2007
- what have you done? bill shatner
- black wave. the shins
- going to a town. rufus wainwright
- more adventurous. rilo kiley
- looking for atlantis. prefab sprout
- nausicaa. karol szymanowski
- this time of night. new order
- floating. jape
- everything's ruined. fountains of wayne
- after it all. cat power
- the moon. cat power
- music is my radar.
- it's only the end of the world. black box recorder
- blue moor. big star
- back to black. amy winehouse
- king of the jailhouse. aimee mann
Friday, July 06, 2007
Vernon Vinge’s has won the Locus best SF novel for Rainbow’s End. I’ve been looking through the Locus lists recently. I tried to read Larry Niven’s The Integral Trees but I couldn’t get into it so I skipped to Dan Simmons Hyperion which works both as an excellent piece of space opera and as a clever literary game. This afternoon I dozed off during the Transformers movie which, like the constant rain of the last few days, seemed to pound down from above with little respite.
Poem for today: Anna
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Jaam 24 is out with a great cover by Tim Beverstock. I have two poems in there: ‘Moonshot’ and ‘Pluto.’ Jaam 24’s a leaner, hungrier, tighter issue and I’ve already enjoyed poems by Jack Ross, Jessica Le Bas, Mark Pirie, Jennifer Compton (where have you been?) and Tim Jones (prose poems or short shorts).
Ron Riddell will read at the Poetry cafe on Monday. I'll be there (love those holidays).
Poem for today; Scott Kendrick’s The Social Contrakt.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
A friend at work showed me these. Yes, Unknown Pleasures: The Sneakers are out there now. If they were made by No Sweat then I might be interested ... actually, I do find them oddly interesting--the soles especially. What would be the best JD song for the sneaker ad? Perhaps a couple of bars of 'Love witll tear us apart." Oh yes.
"When routine bites hard and ambitions are low/ And the shoe stink rides high
/From the tops and the soles/So we changing our shoes/
Taking different roads/... you get the idea.
Just think what's next: McDonalds ads, Vodaphone.
Helen Rickerby's Seraph Press (who published the beautiful Scarab, by Vivienne Plumb, a year or so ago) is launching Scott Kendrick's Cold Comfort Cold Concrete on Friday. I'm looking forward to it.