Here are my top NZ Poetry books. These are books which I've enjoyed and which have spurned me on to keep writing (often at ungodly hours). So, in no particular order, drum roll please… here for a bit of fun is my selection:
Sonnets. James K. Baxter Jerusalem
- The Red Shoes. Elizabeth Smither
Loopin Lone Kauri Road. Allen Curnow
- Come Hail Rain & Piggyback Moon. Hone Tuwhare
- Zoetropes. Bill Manhire
- Beauty Sleep. Kate Camp
- Hourglass. Sue Wootton
- Collected Poems. Ruth Dallas
- Lemon. James Brown
- Acetylene. Geoff Cochrane
- Antigrav. Cilla McQueen
- Georgicon. Ian Wedde
- Box of Bees. Emily Dobson
- Any of the ESAW mini-series books.
I haven't included any anthologies. I think that I should also note editors who have had an enormous impact on NZ Poetry: Mark Pirie, Helen Rickerby, Harry Ricketts, James Norcliffe, Fergus Barrowman . . . Manhire gets a lot of kudos. . .fine… but there are other people (such as Mark Pirie founder of Headworx and organiser of the Wellington Winter readings, Michael O'Leary publisher of the ESAW mini-series, the Poetry Café organisers ) who don't get their fair dues.
Stepping down from my soapbox…I watched Polanski's Macbeth last night. I think it's a brilliant piece of film. I didn't find quite as shocking as the first time I saw the movie back in the 1980s. I liked the ending with Donalbain entering the witches' den, starting the whole cycle over again.