Thursday, December 31, 2009

New poetry cafe venue opening in Wellington

Come read hear!
Ballroom cafe: poetry Cafe opening session third Sunday 4 pm onwards February 21 st.

Ballroom Cafe Corner Adelaide Road and Riddiford Street Newtown.
This will be an open mike event so bring some poems along and come hear some live poetry.

Yep, I'll be there with some new work.
Happy new year and happy birthday to my son Rohan.

I'm having a good holiday writing, editing, writing, gardening, reading, just able to write. And I'm enjoying the rebounder in the spare room. Rebounding to music is good fun.

Monday, December 28, 2009

sunday seven inaugural playlist



  1. The astral plane. The Modern Lovers
  2. Out of the blue. Roxy Music
  3. Just checked in. Kenny Rogers and the First Edition
  4. Twenty two. Lily Allen
  5. Queen of the flies. Minuit
  6. I was I was the moon tonight. Neko Case
  7. Jack killed Mom. Jenny Lewis
  8. The mouse and the model. Dresden Dolls
  9. Hang me up to dry. Cold War Kids
  10. Hold still. Jarvis Cocker
  11. I can't stand the rain. Missy Elliot
  12. The rule of nines. The Inkling
  13. Daphnis et Chloé. Ravel
  14. Baxter's testament. Bill Direen
  15. Endless, nameless. Nirvana
  16. Ascent. John Coltrane
  17. Come on Eileen. Nouvelle Vague
  18. Lady Grinning Soul. Bowie

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day rules OK

Ah Christmas, I like the way the kids enjoy it so. My favourite part of the whole holiday season is Boxing Day: the big hoopla's over and the fridge is full of leftovers. I cooked a low-key barbecue dinner featuring mouth-watering salmon. And then we had pavlova for desert. Here's this week's list. Happy holidays and thanks for the comments this week:

  1. Re-settling the past: small press publishing in the South Island during the 1970s. Phillipa Prebble
  2. Notes on recent Australian poetry: a talk given at the University of Auckland, 14th September, 2005. Pam Brown
  3. Sir Roger Douglas says the things politicians daren't say. Bill Nelson
  4. Amanda Palmer's blog
  5. Jean Cocteau's Orphic Trilogy. Gary Morris
  6. Liu Xiaobo sentenced to eleven years in jail. Jonathan Watts
  7. Louise Glück on 'difficulty' and 'danger' (2 Min video).


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sunday supplement

I always enjoy receiving comments on the blog-that's what makes blogging so much fun for me. So, here are some more links for you to enjoy over the holidays:

  1. Dans le rue par Astride Bruant. Bill Direen and le Killer (video)
  2. Maserati. Minuit (video on Facebook)
  3. Has dark matter finally been detected? Ian Sample
  4. The whole time. Pip Adam
  5. The colour of birds. Tim Upperton
  6. Vita Nova. Louise Glück
  7. Against interpretation. Susan Sontag

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Crisis? What Crisis?


Source: Amazon.

Watching the lack of progress in Copenhagen I keep thinking of that old Supertramp LP (yes, I confess that I played their first two albums to death) 'Crisis? What Crisis?' This morning a guy on BBC talked about encouraging new technologies that would reduce carbon emissions: in other words don't just promise to reduce emissions, put money into R&D of new technologies. I've wondered why we don't encourage hybrids, motorbikes, etc (instead of imposing ACC levies). Most mornings I've gone into school for a few hours to file and tidy; a little paperwork can be relaxing and I'm not in 'holiday' mode yet. My writing has been going slowly as I'm working on a more experimental piece and this has involved quite a lot of writing, discarding, re-writing, editing, all working to create a surface that looks on first reading almost haphazard. It's coming into shape now. Here's some of what I've read online this week:

  1. Landslide. Emma Barnes.
  2. The Forest. Sarah Jane Barnett
  3. Nostos-Ithaka (extracts). Helen Heath
  4. War - Childhood. Riemke Ensing
  5. The Explanation. Michael Harlow
  6. Psalm. Rob Jackaman
  7. The University of Tokyo Centre for Philosophy blog

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Sunday Seven

The holidays have finally begun so now I can get down to some writing. All I need to do is get some writing and editing done: I have a few pieces I'm working on. Here's this week's list:

  1. Lawrence Jones on Witi Ihimaera's The Trowenna Sea
  2. The Knidos Demeter at the British Museum
  3. Camera Obscura's blog.
  4. Stephanie Trigg's Humanities Researcher blog
  5. Chaucer's The Merchant's Tale
  6. Where and when. Allen Curnow
  7. Rendevous. Mary Cresswell

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Blackmail 26

This release in from Doug:

Dear friends, readers and contributors,
is live and online NOW!

Celebrating 8 years online !

"A wonderful blemish on the literary landscape of New Zealand!" - Paola Bilbrough

Featuring some of the most exciting new poets from New Zealand, featuring up and coming poets: Helen Tionisio, Jai MacDonald, Alex Walls, Emily Wright, Penny Somervaille, Bill Nelson, Emma Farry, Kath Hayward - Nathan, and more...

Returning guest poets, Mary Cresswell, Vaughan Rapatahana,Rebecca Isgrove, David Barnes, Robert Grant, Laura Solomon and more...

Cover artist Andy Leleisi'auo contributes to the cover of bmp once again and shares a stunning piece of TXT poetry! Check it out!

blackmail press feature of Ataarangi Ahau - Shadow Land and art & poetry collaboration by Doug Poole and Penny Howard, featuring Radio New Zealand Arts On Sunday Interview, previews of artworks and downloadable e-chapbbook (PDF format).

The issue also features blackmail press books first online chapbook publication in adobe acrobat PDF format, watch out for many more PDF chapbooks to come from blackmailpress books, New Zealand's first electronic only publisher of poetry chapbooks! YES it's time to change your paradigm, you paper loving people you and yes they will be FREE! Watch out for more...

Malo!
Doug Poole
publisher / editor
blackmail press
Celebrating 8 years online !

"A wonderful blemish on the literary landscape of New Zealand!" - Paola Bilbrough

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Saturday seven

The highlight of the week for me was Jarvis Cocker's excellent concert on Thursday night at the Wellington town hall. The band was tight and Jarvis immediately established a very close connection with the audience. Craig Cliff gives a good account of the show with clips (although I suspect that I enjoyed the show more than he did). The holidays are approaching and as I'm not leaving town I can write, garden, read, hang out with the kids and write, write, write. It's sunny today, let's hope that it stays this way.


  1. Craig Cliff's 'This Fluid Thrill' blog on the Jarvis Concert.
  2. Aubade. Philip Larkin.
  3. Gag plan angers teachers union. Nathan Beaumont.
  4. Borders demise not the end of the book world. Robert McCrum.
  5. Fresh waves of mutilation. Rob Harvilla.
  6. Eelworks. Seamus Heaney.
  7. The Times online Books of the Year.