Monday, June 30, 2008


new new zealand poetry

Broadsheet is a new New Zealand poetry periodical in chapbook form edited by Wellington writer and publisher Mark Pirie.

The aim is to publish high quality New Zealand poetry at an affordable price to readers. This is emphasised by the broadsheet format, which is in between a magazine and a book.

broadsheet: new new zealand poetry is published twice yearly in May and November.

The first issue features the following New Zealand poets: Jeanne Bernhardt, Tony Beyer, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Meg Campbell, Gemma Claire, Evelyn Conlon, Robin Fry, Basim Furat (translated from the Arabic), Michael O'Leary, Victor O'Leary, Stephen Oliver, Mark Pirie and L E Scott.

While the emphasis is on New Zealand poetry, each issue will also include international guests. The first issue features Michael Duffett (UK/USA poet/actor) who visited New Zealand in the late 1970s where he met poets Denis Glover, K O Arvidson and Vincent O'Sullivan.

Michael Duffett (who once played a part in the TV series Magnum PI) has published his prose and verse extensively. He is currently a Professor of Humanities at Humphreys College, Stockton, CA, USA.

Subscriptions are $NZ12.00 for two issues. Please send cheques to The Editor, broadsheet, 97/43 Mulgrave Street, Thorndon, Wellington 6011, New Zealand. Overseas subscriptions are $NZ24.00 for two issues. Cheques payable to HeadworX.

Please Note: No submissions. Poems will be solicited by the editor for each issue.

* Issue No. 1 (May 2008)

Sunday, June 29, 2008


Take the skinheads bowling. Camper van Beethoven.

A stick-video for Mickey Joe. Bill Direen.

Ana Ng. They Might Be Giants.

Bob. Weird Al Jankovich (genius!)


A poetry anthology which has been in the never-never for many an aeon may be coming to fruition. I've been asked not to give any details just yet but I'm keen that this comes out as we really need it. I'll keep you posted.


Ron Silliman on Monroe reading Joyce.

Helen Rickerby on the Montana Book Awards debacl

Gregory O'Brien: Wet Jacket Arm.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Winter Readings-MC gig

Here are the details again complete with cover photo and a couple of links.

Winter Readings 2008

This year's readings celebrate 10 years of HeadworX Publishers in Wellington, and are a tribute to The Beatles' White Album, with Beatles music played at the readings.

We will be announcing this year's winner of the Earl of Seacliff Poetry Prize: Will Leadbeater, who will come down from Auckland to read. This will be a rare chance to see Will Leadbeater read, one of our unsung poets who has been writing away for years.

Wine/juice and books for sale. Venue is the City Gallery Theatre, Civic Square, Wellington.


AUG 20, Wednesday, 6.30pm-8pm

Reading 1 - Helter Skelter

Richard Langston

Rob Hack

Plus launch of Mark Pirie's new books Slips: cricket poems (ESAW) and Bottle of Armour and Trespassing in Dionysia (both Original Books).

AUG 28, Thursday, 6.30pm-8pm

Reading 2 - Revolution

MC Harvey Molloy

Plus launch of Rickerby's My Iron Spine (HeadworX)

SEP 3, Wednesday, 6.30pm-8pm

Reading 3 - Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Gemma Claire

Bill Dacker

Plus launch of O'Leary's Paneta Street (HeadworX)

Saturday, June 21, 2008



Looks at the horses.

Looks for the horse beneath her

on her final ride.

Masters the art of cruel observation.

Reduces the public to a faceless mob:

look at what they eat—hot dogs,


Sees winter’s snow in her x-ray bones.

Knows the dark god under the ice.

Knows the pressure of the eye.

Feels the weight of her cold body on marble

feels the first cut of the autopsy knife:

Did he call you his wife?

Did he call you his wife?

Friday, June 20, 2008

Shadowplay/Apirana Taylor

It's been a busy week. Apirana Taylor came and visited our school. He read his poems, played a variety of instruments (conch shell, nose flute, guitar) and entertained the students with his poems. Afterwards a small group of interested students took part in a writing workshop. One student told me afterwards that she "didn't want to ever leave the class." I bought my own copy of his collection te ata hura: the red tipped dawn. My year 13 students also enjoyed reading Hinemoa's daughter.

Apirana Taylor: Two poems.

I finished Claire Asquith's Shadowplay. Asquith writes in an engaging style and there's never a dull moment as she romps through her reading of Shakespeare as a subversive Catholic writer. She probably overstates her argument and I do wonder why no one has ever picked up these subversive coded messages before or why none of Shakespeare's contemporaries, or those writing shortly after his death, has picked these up. But these reservations aside, I think our notion of 'the great immortal timeless Shakespeare' does tend to turn a blind eye to the reformation and the counter reformation and it's aftermath and their assault on the Catholic church. If you're interested in Shakespeare then you'll enjoy Shadowplay.

Nicholas Reid writes about Asquith over at The Listener and Vanessa Thorpe reviews the book over at The Guardian.

The April 2008 cover of Q magazine features (yawn) a new energised REM. Gasp, Michael Stipe has painted his bald head and face gold and now walks around with a gold bald head. Is this a desperate and foolish publicity stunt or what? Michael's no fool and I'm sure that he knows that he looks daft. Is our knowing that Michael knows that this is daft the point?

Image: Q Magazine.

Friday, June 13, 2008

NZ Book review

Mine and Latika's review of David Cohen's A Perfect World was published this week in the latest issue of New Zealand Books.

Another review of the book by Philip Matthews is over on The Listener website.

In seven words or less: All in all, it's a good book.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Sue Wootton

Sue Wootton's Magnetic South contains some great poems (just start with the astonishing 'snow' and 'adrift.')

There's an interview with Sue over at

Sue Wootton. One

And Tim Jones is on the radio tomorrow from 10.05 to about 10.30am, he'll be taking part in the Sunday Group on Chris Laidlaw's morning show. He'll be discussing Peak Oil and the future of world oil supplies.

I'm having a few hassles with the Wellington Public Library. Every week I take out books, magazines, CDs and the odd DVD. Over the last year, on three occasions the library has said that I have overdue items when I had actually returned them. According to the library, I have a box CD set out and a small expensive book. I have returned both items and so the library is now looking for them. I've voiced my frustration to the librarian at the information desk who politely listened and conceded that these mistakes do occur. I don't like the way these items are listed on my card as overdue when I have already returned them.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Chris Orsman

Chris Orsman

Monday 16 June, 7pm
Turnbull House, Bowen St

Join the New Zealand Poetry Society in determining the shape of its future, by attending the AGM. Refreshments will be provided, and the meeting followed by a reading from Guest Poet and past President of the NZPS, Chris Orsman, whose new book the lakes of mars is newly published.

And hopefully my poetry reading demon will not conspire to stop my intended attendance. Chris is a thoughtful, interesting poet and I'm looking forward to hearing some of his new work.

As it Happens on Dunedin writers at the Invercargill arts festival.

Billy Piper on her return to Dr. Who.

A lovely makeover for the Albatross Poetry Journal.

I've just finished reading Steinbeck's Mice and Men for I don't know how many times and I'm still not tired of the book.

Image: NZ Book Council.

Sunday, June 01, 2008


Airbag. Reggaehead

Shadowplay. The Killers

Prose poems. Vivienne Plumb