Saturday, April 30, 2011

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tuesday Poem: Gemini Spacewalk

Gemini Spacewalk

I was out there
with the flag

and the mission instructions
for the EVA

on my sleeve
but I fell behind schedule

caught by the blue arc
of sky and ocean

against the black
a hurricane-stirred

cappuccino cloud
covered the Gulf of Mexico

except for the transparent
flea of the Florida peninsula

even the small
drops of ice

from the coolant tank
formed perfect worlds

and I thought
of Trey’s letter

from the 365 US Marine
helicopter squadron

a fortnight spent cleaning the aircraft
cleaning weapons

watching dolphins and gulls
chase the ship

days spent writing letters
thinking of Mary Jane

listening to The Shirelles
thinking of home

then back ashore to the hot tent city
of the Da Nang airbase

the talk of Operation
Rolling Thunder

towns with colonnades

overlooking wide
rain-soaked boulevards

that could be Louisiana!
just think now

the space
between Hanoi and New Orleans

would be how many
arc minutes

measured by the fingers
of my outspread hand?

Harvey Molloy

This poem is from my book Moonshot and was first published by Blackmail Press.

EVA: a NASA acronym for extra-vehicular activity; a spacewalk.
The poem is spoken by the persona of Edward Higgins White.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Owen Bullock at The Thistle Inn

Poetry @ The Thistle Inn, Wellington
Monday 18 April, 7.30pm
The Thistle Inn, 3 Mulgrave St, Thorndon

The New Zealand Poetry Society presents Owen Bullock. Owen has been writing haiku since 1999 and his work in that genre has appeared in publications as diverse as Presence, Frogpond, paper wasp, Shamrock and Magnapoets. He is a former editor of Spin/Kokako, Bravado, and Poetry NZ. Owen has published a book of haiku, wild camomile (Post Pressed, Australia, 2009); the novella A Cornish Story (Palores, UK, 2010), and a number of chapbooks of poetry. His first full collection of longer poems, sometimes the sky isn't big enough, is forthcoming from Steele Roberts.

The event is open to the public, and starts at 7.30pm. There will be an open mic and there is a $5 entry fee ($3 for members).

Supported by Creative Communities / Wellington City Council.


Owen Bullock's Book Council page.

I don't know
I don't know whether I ever knew you
but I know you
I know you never knew me

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday Poem: The Wrong Horse by Tim Jones

The Wrong Horse

The pleasures of the text are the pleasures of spring.
Halter tops, tanned skin, buttocks
sashaying past an open office door.
You pack your books away.

The self is conceived as a structure of signifiers.
Thirty years at the chalk-face,
a dozen published books,
twenty to life in the M.L.A.

The forms of nature order themselves in codes.
Wine and juice, finger food,
a bound edition of Baudrillard,
a speech from the Head of School.

To repeat excessively is to enter into loss.
You will haunt the Library, play golf,
back the wrong horse
into the descending zero of the sun.

Tim Jones from his forthcoming book
Men Briefly Explained.


Tim's blog Books in the Trees.
Tuesday Poem: read our birthday poem!

Thanks Tim for the poem.

Saturday, April 09, 2011

Happy birthday, Tuesday Poem

This week we at The Tuesday Poem blog and blog ring celebrate our first birthday. I'm glad Mary McCallum asked me to be a founding member of the circle. Every Tuesday we each publish or celebrate a poem on our blogs. This week I've written a line in the 'exquisite corpse' communal birthday poem. My line "He lets go his hand so the biter can be tied" ends the second stanza of the poem. Happy birthday Tuesday Poem: many happy returns.

Monday, April 04, 2011