Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Five

  1. Amy brings the thesaurus. Elizabeth Smither.
  2. Samuel Beckett online resources.
  3. Telegraph interview with Seamus Heaney (2009).
  4. Quote Unquote.
  5. Two poems. Michael Aiken.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

"If we understand our own minds, and the things that are striving to utter themselves through our minds, we move others, not because we have understood or thought about those others, but because all life has the same root."

W.B. Yeats

Monday, July 25, 2011

The Monday Five

1. Fourth moon discovered around Pluto. New Scientist.
2. Parable of the Door. G.C. Waldrep.
3. Affairs of Grammar and Style. A. Lane.
4. Teen Cusp: 1. David Howard.
5. Dorothea Tanning.

I used to run a 'Friday Five' and a 'Sunday Seven' column before the days of 'Tuesday Poem.' I stopped because I wasn't sure if people were reading. However, over the last fortnight I've realised that people were reading and that it's OK to link to poets I have no connection to IRL. This will be the Monday Five or the Wednesday Five or whatever depending on when I have gathered up five interesting links. I hope you enjoy it.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Rae Armantrout. Hoop.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Slightly Peculiar Love Stories


Slightly Peculiar Love Stories has been launched and includes Latika Vasil's story “It’s a Chemistry Thing’. You can buy a copy of Slightly Peculiar Love Stories in your preferred e-format from Rosa Mira Books.

Here is a description of the book from the Rosa Mira website:

Whimsical, intense, pensive or amorous — we bring you a love story for every mood, each a little unorthodox, mysterious, or slightly peculiar.

Slightly Peculiar Love Stories paint a grand mandala of experience and circumstance: love appears and disappears; it aches and it dares; amuses and amazes; hurts, heals and begins again.

Love preoccupies writers from New Zealand, Israel, Hong Kong, Argentina and Athens, the UK and the US. Their 26 stories have been selected and edited by Penelope Todd.

Learn more about these slightly peculiar writers here and on the Rosa Mira Books blog.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Poetry Day Poem: The Golden Age of Deconstruction

The Golden Age of Deconstruction

has yet to arrive. The Golden Age
will be an unimaginable monstrosity
of signs without end for the educated low-waged
awaiting tenure in small New Zealand cities

say Palmerston North. While they wait
they work as tutors, market researchers,
baristas, clerks; expectations deflate
sans tenure they translate into teachers

or council officers. The Golden Age
of Deconstruction is a youthful folly;
days spent in fevered exegesis of a page
of Derrida on Nietzsche’s forgotten brolly

privately remembered in drinks after work
with colleagues in the job you took to survive
while Jan works off her loan as a hotel clerk.
The golden age of endless play has yet to arrive.


Harvey Molloy






Nietzsche’s forgotten brolly: see Derrida's Spurs.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Rabbit Hole at Gryphon Theatre.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Harry Rickett's introductory speech to Vincent O'Sullivan's latest book: Words for Vincent - an introduction by Harry Ricketts
Sunday Star-Times Short Story Awards 2011
Harmonious Black Africa

National Poetry Day 2011: Events Listing

National Poetry Day 2011: Events Listing
Friday, 24 June 2011, 12:27 pm
Press Release: National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day 2011: Events Listing

Auckland


North Auckland


WINTER AT WAIPU POETRY EVENING
7 p.m. -9 p.m., 22nd July 2011
Y-Not Café, Waipu

Come and hear the winners of the Bream Bay poetry competition, read some of your favourite poetry, or just relax and listen to local people read and perform their own poems. $15.00 for cake and coffee, prizes for the best poems on the night. Book at Y-Not for a great evening’s entertainment. Email sue@fosterfrances.co.nz for further details.


FOR SHORE: POETRY READING
6 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Friday 22nd July 2011
Takapuna Library, Takapuna, Auckland

The Friends of the Takapuna Library invite you to a poetry reading including North Shore poets Stu Bagby, Jack Ross, Donna A’Court, Dame Chris Cole-Catley, Sonia Yelich, Alice Hooton.

Entry is $2- Free food, drink and music provided. E.mail s.bagby@xtra.co.nz for further information.


THE HIBISCUS COAST POETRY EVENING
7 p.m. – 9.30 pm, Friday 22nd July 2011
Mozaik Café, 350 Hibiscus Coast Highway Orewa

After a very successful Poetry Day evening last year, we are repeating the format, with another local cafe available to host the event, this time Mosaic ( previously Kaizen). A $5.00 cover charge will go towards the use of the venue, and includes a ticket for the Poetry Book raffle.

From 7 pm readings of original and others’ poems will take place, interspersed with attendees own selections of coffee, wine or food, and some poetry-based activities

West Auckland

ART FROM THE KUMEU HEART
15th – 22nd July, 2011
In public places, unexpected spaces, Poetry in our towns, on noticeboards and on the ground....

Kumeu district will be celebrating National Poetry Day for the first time - of many.
In what will become an annual event, poetry will be exhibited in the Kumeu Arts Centre, but also on street corners, in shop windows and on community notice-boards.
Poetry will reflect Kumeu's heart. It will be accessible, surprising, inspiring, enlightening. We bring poetry to the people, with snippets and verses in all our local towns.

If there's sufficient interest we will also hold a poetry night, Kumeu Arts Centre,
300 Main Rd, behind the Huapai council office, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., July 22nd 2011.
Please contact thetinshed@clear.net.nz to find out more.

THE LATE GREAT POETRY SHOW
7 p.m. – 10.30 p.m., Friday 29th July 2011
The top floor of Lopdell House, Titirangi, Auckland.


A wild winter night of poetry, music & mulled wine with poets: Rosetta Allan, Murray Edmond, Siobhan Harvey, Alice Hooton, Michele Leggott, Judith McNeil, Bob Orr, Alistair Paterson, John Pule, Jack Ross, Ila Selwyn, Penny Somervaille, Robert Sullivan & Denys Trussell

and musicians: Chris O'Connor & Nigel Gavin

plus a beautiful hand-made book of poems from the guest poets for $10
bookings 817 8087 extn 201 or info@lopdell.org.nz. Entry $10


Central Auckland

AUCKLAND LIBRARIES POETRY WRITING COMPETITION

This competition is for original work written by any member of Auckland Libraries. There are three age categories: 12 and under, 13-18, over 18. Entries close on 13th July. Entries online via the Library website www.aucklandlibraries.govt.nz

Prize winners will be announced at a ceremony at Mt Albert Community Library
84 St Lukes Road, Sandringham, Auckland on Friday 22 July 2011, at 5.30 pm.


POETRY LIVE RESURRECTION NIGHT
7 p.m. – 10.30 p.m., Tuesday 19th July 2011
The Thirsty Dog Tavern, 469 Karangehape Road, Auckland.

Come dressed as or in the persona of your favourite deceased poet and read a poem by that poet. Musician and guest poet to be advised. To enter just sign up for Open Mic on the night or register your interest at one of the earlier Tuesday nights. Prizes for best performance of a dead poet’s poem, best original work and spot/quiz prizes.

MC Penny, aided by Rachael, Kiri, Jeremy, Christian and Miriam - all of whom will be dressed to kill.

UTTER BRILLIANCE
7 p.m. – 10.30 p.m., Thursday 21st July 2011
The Thirsty Dog Tavern, 469 Karangehape Road, Auckland.

An open slam event with readings of 90 seconds or less, with a first prize of $250, and other prizes and encouragements. The Poetry Slam will open to enter on the night with registrations from 7 p.m. Slam MC and host is Michael Rudd. All entrants should be prepared to read/perform up to three poems. Also we’ll have our regular Pub Poetry Quiz open to all, again with prizes. On the night, there’ll be poetry performances from established Poets

Entry fee of $5 payable at the door. Contact utterbrilliance@xtra.co.nz or call/text 0274 763 879 for further information.


POETRY TRAIL
All Day, Friday 22nd July 2011
Auckland Central, including Art Agent Ltd, Jasons Books, Unity Books, Anna Miles Gallery, Gus Fisher Gallery and Hotel De Brett.

Take a walk of poetry and art, along the way visit art galleries and booksellers and complete your day with a poetry reading at Hotel De Brett featuring Bob Orr and John Pule. Contact Jane Sanders at Art Agent Ltd for more information: jane.sanders@artagent.co.nz.


POETRY PHONE
9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011

Poetry Phone lets you dial-a-poem, from 9am - 9pm, on Friday the 22nd of July. Poetry is read live when you call, or txt’d. There are four different numbers to call, and two to txt, each with a different genre of poem. Some well-known favourites will be recited, but the focus is on emerging local poets reading their own work, including poems written especially for the day. This will be an (09)-based event, but anyone can call, or txt the (021) numbers.


PARNELL CHILDREN’S POETRY FEST
10.30 a.m. – 11.30 a.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
Jubilee Hall, Jubilee Building, Parnell Library, 545 Parnell Road, Auckland 1052.

The Parnell Library invites 5-12 year-olds to participate in a celebration of children's poetry. Meet and hear published New Zeland Poets perform their own work and share the poems that inspired them as children. Poets performing include Simone Kaho, Rosetta Allan and Jai Macdonald. All children who attend will go in the draw for poetry prizes.

CHALKING NEWMARKET
1 p.m. - 2 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
Station Square, Newmarket.

An opportunity for poets, known and unknown to write their poetry on the paving of the square. Informal readings may happen. Well-known poet, Siobhan Harvey will be our muse. Chinese poets especially welcome. Free chalk provided. Supported by Dymocks Bookshop, Newmarket.

IN VOICE AND MUSIC – BRAVE NEW WORLD
1 p.m. – 2.30 pm, Friday 22nd July 2011
Wallace Trust Art Gallery, Pah Homestead, 72 Hillsborough Road, Hillsborough.

Six guest readers including Peter Bland, Stephanie Johnson and Michele Leggott will bring their own thoughts and words on how to save the world – and what’s worth saving! A poetry reading with a difference.


DYMOCKS PONSONBY BRINGS POETRY ALIVE IN THREE LAMPS
1 p.m. – 1.30 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
Dymocks Ponsonby 344 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

In conjunction with Auckland University Press, Dymocks brings you National Poetry Day, a chance to share your love of poetry. Come along and share poetry with Ian Wedde, Murray Edmond and guests as they read their own work and share the life and stories it represents. We would love to hear your poetic selves as well.

Entry is free and open to all to attend. Free drinks and food provided. Email ponsonby@dymocks.co.nz for information and to register your wish to attend for catering purposes.


POETRY CENTRAL 2011: BOOKS, BRIDGES AND PASIFIKA VOICES
5.30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
Central City Library, Level 2, 44-46 Lorne Street, Auckland.

POETRY CENTRAL 2011 has it all! Readings by Brian Flaherty, Jennifer Compton, Anna Jackson, Michele Leggott, Robert Sullivan, Albert Wendt and Reina Whaitiri in an event presented by Auckland Central City Library in association with the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre (nzepc), Auckland University Press and Otago University Press.

New books from Anna Jackson and Jennifer Compton, winner of the 2010 Kathleen Grattan Award. Steps on a digital bridge linking Auckland, New Zealand and Florence, Italy. Pasifika voices, a glass of wine and an electronic birthday cake for NZEPC. For more information email karen.craig@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

THE LITERATTI RETHiNK POSSIBLE WORLDS - WINTERGARDEN
6.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
The Film Cafe, Winter Gardens, The Civic, crn Queen and Wellesley Streets, Auckland CBD.

The Literatti, in association with the International Film Festival and the Show me Shorts Film Cafe, presents 4 vignettes or short stories of poetry to music and moving image as a introduction to the RETHiNK Possible Worlds campaign and show in October - an exciting mental heath awareness campaign.

Entry is free and open to all to attend. To sign up for the RETHiNK youtube campaign please visit www.theliteratti.com or email theliteratti@gmail.com

HANDS ON POETRY
7 p.m. onwards, Friday 22nd July 2011
Alphabet City, 71 Mt Eden Road, Eden Terrace

Hands on Poetry is centred around poetry ‘zines and self-publishing. The event celebrates the launch of Hands Like Mirrors, a self-published print anthology featuring poetry and short fiction from young NZ and Australian poets. Contributors will read their work from the anthology, and copies will be available for sale.

Visitors are also encouraged to take part in the creation of a collaborative poetry ‘zine. Bring a poem of your own (or write one on the spot) and use Alphabet City's typewriters and tools to design a page of the ‘zine. Alphabet City will compile, photocopy and bind the ‘zine, then post copies to participants as well as ‘zine libraries in New Zealand and around the world.

Entry is free and open to all. Visit www.alphabetcity.org.nz for more information.


THE DIVINE MUSES VIII POETRY READING
7 p.m. – 9.00 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
St Paul’s Gallery, Auckland University of Technology Central Campus, St Paul’s Street, Auckland

A wonderful night of poetry readings by some of our best poets, including Kevin Ireland, Vivienne Plumb, Janet Charman, Robert Sullivan, Jo Emeney and Siobhan Harvey.

Free, drinks and food provided; all welcome. There’ll be poetry prize draws through the night and books by our authors for cash sale. Contact siobhanhrvy@gmail.com to book a seat.

POETS CONNECT
4.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m., Saturday 23rd July 2011
Whitespace, 12 Crummer Road, Ponsonby, Auckland

A family-friendly event, Poets Connect sees Christchurch poets, ex-pat poets and Auckland-based poets perform live to each other and their audience via Skype. Guests include, Genevieve Mclean. Other poets to be announced.

Entry by gold coin koha. Email anna.bestlight@gmail.com for further information and to RSVP. Bring a plate and a cushion.


Thames


TRIPTYCH READINGS – 3 POETS PERFORMING
7.00 p.m. onwards, Friday 22nd July, 2011
The Brew, cnr Richmond St & Pollen St, Thames

Three members of the Thames Poets Circle will read their own work as well as other published poetry in a combined performance. Readers are Charlotte Murray from Whangamata, Jill Steadman Read from Paeroa and Katherine Sangster from Thames.

Entry free – for more information contact Jill Steadman Read on jills1@xtra.co.nz

Katikati


POETRY POTPOURRI
9.30 a.m. onwards, Friday 22nd – 23rd July, 2011

9.30 a.m., 22nd July- ‘Dance a Poem’ for young children at the Carisbrooke Chapel Hall. Children can dance and move to the poems from the little books Gaye has published as well as listening to old favourites. A guest character from one of the poems will pay a visit.

1.30 p.m., 22nd July – Organiser, Gaye Hemsley will read to the residents of Luxam Home some poems that make you smile.

Take a walk in Katikati’s Haiku Pathway and you could win a gift park of wine & chocolates by writing down a haiku from one of the boulders and post to 73 Wills Rd Katikati. Entries close July 30th.

2 p.m., 23rd July - High Tea and Poetry at Athenree Homestead. Open mike for you to read your own poem or one of your favourites or just relax and listen. Entry $10:
Tauranga

PAVED WITH POETRY
All Day, Friday 22nd July, 2011
Tauranga Main Street, Mt Maunganui Main Street, Fashion Island Papamoa and Greeton Village

All areas listed will have the work of local poets, including one poet per school, secured to the pavement for the enjoyment of the general public.


POETRY FROM THE ATRIUM
6.30 p.m. – 10.30 p.m., Friday 22nd July, 2011
‘The Atrium’, Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, Windermere Campus.

Poetry readings to an audience. Each 15-minute bracket will begin by recognising and celebrating one of our published local poets with other brackets being 3 minute opportunities for any poet to give it their best shot.

Guest poet Owen Bullock. The event will be filmed for local television. General Public are encouraged to attend. Gold coin entry. Cash bar (coins and notes) BYO nibbles only.


Hamilton


CHILDREN’S FOUND POETRY WORKSHOP
11.00 a.m. - 12.00 a.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
Garden Place (outside library), 9 Garden Place, Hamilton


Sharon Holt, local author of fiction and non-fiction, plays and poems for children, will briefly speak to the children about her writing before introducing them to found poetry. With words and phrases selected from a David Hill story, the children, as a group, will be encouraged to write a poem and present it on a display board to be displayed in the Garden Place Library. Open to children aged 5-12 years.

This workshop will be held inside the Garden Place Library in event of rain.
For more details visit www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz


LUNCHTIME POETRY IN GARDEN PLACE
12.15 - 1.30pm, Friday 22nd July 2011
Garden Place (outside library), 9 Garden Place, Hamilton

An event to showcase our local and invited poets, reading and performing their poetry. Organised by the University of Waikato, WINTEC and Hamilton City Libraries. Everyone welcome In the event of rain, there is shelter at the front of the library. For more details visit www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz

HAMILTON OPEN MIC NIGHT
6.30 p.m. - 8.30 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
Garden Place Library, 9 Garden Place, Hamilton

Join Poets Alive and guest poets and read your poetry to an appreciative audience.
One poem per person, please, and a time limit will apply. Everyone welcome

For more details visit www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz


HAMILTON SLAMDOWN: POETRY SLAM
6.30 p.m., Monday 25th July 2011
Lido Cinemas (foyer), Centreplace, Hamilton

You are invited to participate in the evening of Spoken Word Poetry or just come along to watch and support the arts in Hamilton. Spoken Word Poetry is an art form combining theatre and poetry. Refreshments available. Everyone welcome

For more details visit www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz

WAIKATO POETRY COMPETITIONS
Starts 1st July, with winners announced on Friday 22nd July 2011

Hamilton City Libraries Acrostic Poetry Competition

Open to children aged 5-12 years
For more details visit www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz or www.wintec.ac.nz


WINTEC OPEN POETRY COMPETITION

Open to all ages and all poetry genres
For more details visit www.wintec.ac.nz or www.hamiltonlibraries.co.nz

POETRY TREE AT GARDEN PLACE LIBRARY

Throughout July, Level 1 of the Garden Place Library, 9 Garden Place, Hamilton

A large poet-tree for customers to display there own or favourite poems.

Hawke’s Bay


POETRY DISPLAY: Life...Love..& Nature
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., 18th July - 22nd July, 2011
Waipukurau library and Waipawa library CHB

Hawkes Bay passionate poet Wendy Joy Baker will display some heartfelt poems from her 3 little poetry books Titled True, Real & Soul Love. Poems will be about life’s diversity. For further information, visit her website: www.hawkesbaynz.net/wendyjoybaker


Taupo


FINE WORDS: TAUPO
10 a.m. onwards, Friday 22nd 2011

A feast of free events await including:

10 a.m. - Talk and Poetry Reading to be held at REAP. General Public and Students from Taupo-nui-a-tia and Tauhara Colleges will be invited.

Midday: Poetry Reading by members of the Fine Words Poetry Group and members of the public as well as visiting poet, Harry Ricketts to be held at the NZ Post shop, Taupo

4 p.m. - Price’s Bookshop offers a chance to people to meet and greet Harry Ricketts

6 p.m. – a shared meal with Fine Words - Fine Fellows poets of Taupo.


Wanganui


WANGANUI POETRY READING
7 p.m. – 9.30 p.m., Friday 22nd July, 2011
The Green Bench Gallery, 67 Guyton Street, Wanganui

The Wanganui Poetry Alive/ Poesía Viva Reading, organised by The Poetry Education Trust, will celebrate Aotearoa/New Zealand National Poetry Day featuring New Zealand poet and performer Mike Eager, Palmerston North based poet and lecturer Dr. Leonel Alvarado from Honduras, and local poet and performer Ron Riddell; accompanied by pianist Rick Baum and percussion by Ron Riddell.


$5 Entry. A complimentary glass of wine will be provided. Contact Saray Torres de Riddell: torresderiddellsaray@gmail.com for further information and to register your wish to attend.


Palmerston North

WRITERS READ SERIES: AN EVENING WITH BRIAN TURNER
6.30 p.m. onwards, Friday 22nd July, 2011
Sound & vision zone, Ground Floor, Palmerston North City Library

Celebrating National Poetry Day, Massey University School of English & Media Studies and the Palmerston North City Library present the best of New Zealand writing with award winning writer Brian Turner.

Paraparaumu

KAPITI NATIONAL POETRY DAY VIGIL
7 p.m. – 9.30 p.m., Thursday 21st July 2011
Paraparaumu Library, Rimu Road, Paraparaumu.

To welcome in National Poetry Day, we’ll celebrate poetry in New Zealand with a vigil event at the meeting room in Paraparaumu Library. We’ll start with a poetry quiz. The prize (subject to a draw of all correct winners) will be a book of New Zealand poetry. Readings from selected local poets will be followed by the guest poet Denis Welch. Happenings of poetry will be in cafes all over Kapiti during the week - watch the local papers and notice-boards!

Refreshments - free entry but koha appreciated.


Wellington


Upper Hutt


UPPER HUTT EVENTS – POETRY FOR THE PEOPLE!
All events will be held at the Upper Hutt City Library, 844 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt


June/July 2011 - Annual Poetry Competition - “Generational Poems”

10.30 a.m., Wednesday 20th June 2011 Poets Corner - bring and read your own original or favourite poems.

10.15 a.m. and 1.30 p.m., Thursday 30th June 2011 - Two Poetry Workshops with Mary-Jane Duffy, Lecturer in Poetry and Co-coordinator of Creative Writing Programme at Whitireia Polytech.

6.30 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011 - Prize Poems (free drinks & nibbles). The announcement and prize-giving for Annual Upper Hutt Poetry Competition. Mayor Wayne Guppy presents the awards. Local Finalists read their poems. Audience select best local reader, “People’s Choice” award.

7.30 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011 - Special Guest Poet, Bill Manhire. We’re excited to have the director of the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University Wellington, Bill Manhire (CNZM) come and share his poetry with us this year.

Entry is free and open to all to attend.

Lower Hutt


POETS CELEBRATING THE HUTT
2 p.m. – 3 p.m., Sunday 24th July 2011
Lower Hutt Central (War Memorial) Library Foyer (Outside the Cenotaph), Riddiford Gardens, Lower Hutt.

The Central Library Foyer will flow non-stop with verses that celebrates the Hutt. Some audience seating will be available. Some audience seating will be available. Bring along your own or other published works that celebrate the Hutt. Local poets will be "waxing lyrical" about their "patch".

Poetry subject will be restricted to the Hutt only, though any poetry style is fine.
MC is Graham Wolf.


Central

BEST NEW ZEALAND POEMS 10
12.15 - 1.15 p.m., Monday 18th July, 2011
The Marae, Level 4, The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington

As a curtain raiser for National Poetry Day, we present 10 of the 25 poets whose work was chosen by last year’s editor, Chris Price, for the on-line anthology ‘Best New Zealand Poems’. We welcome: Hinemoana Baker, Emma Barnes, James Brown, Kate Camp, Geoff Cochrane, Jennifer Compton, Anna Jackson, Anna Livesey, John Newton and Kerrin Sharpe. Chair: Bill Manhire.

Admission is free, all welcome. (Please note that no food may be taken into the Te Papa Marae.)

TE PAPA POETS
12 - 1.00 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
The Marae, Level 4, Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

Te Papa writers - of all kinds - come out from behind the scenes for an hour of poetry and storytelling to celebrate National Poetry Day. Free entry.

2011 CAPITAL POETRY MARATHON
(Incorporating The Poetry Lunch-hour -Noon- 2pm)
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 22nd July, 2011
Bucket Fountain, Cuba Mall, Cuba Street, Wellington.

New Zealand's largest live street-poetry event returns! Just turn up and perform adjacent to the iconic Bucket Fountain in the Cuba Mall. Any poetry style and
any spoken tongue is fine. You can do several performances throughout the day if you so wish. From Noon - 2pm we’ll focus on our special poetry subject – ‘A favourite place’ (BUT we won't hold you to that)! We only ask that you keep the poetry "GY Certificate" and strictly non-offensive, please.

Bring along your own poems, Poetry Books, or use some of the poetry books provided at the venue. Free event, all welcome to perform. Contact Graham Wolf for more information - graham.w.wolf@gmail.com

Greymouth


POEMS ONLINE – POETS OUT LOUD
Community Poetry Reading
6.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
Grey District Library, Albert Street, Greymouth

The Grey District Library hosts a community poetry reading featuring West Coasters sharing their own original poems submitted for publication on the Kete West Coast website.

Entry is free and open for all to attend. Finger food provided and there’ll be a free poetry prize draw. For further information email Grey District Library at greg.oconnell@greydc.govt.nz

Christchurch


PHOENIX POETRY – RISING FROM THE RUBBLE
12.30 – 1.30 p.m.. Friday 22nd July 2011
Canterbury University Bookshop, University Drive, Ilam, Christchurch

This year’s National Poetry Day is especially vital for re-establishing literature as a means of communication and celebration here in our shaken city. We will precede the event with our usual Poetry Wall, where we encourage all to come and add a poem of their own or one they love to a dedicated wall within the shop.

Poets contributing to the event this year include new writers from the School for Young Writers and Hagley Writers’ Institute, and established poets James Norcliffe and Tusiata Avia. Morrin Rout will chair the session and it will culminate with a performance by Eastern’s lead singer/songwriter Adam McGrath.

Tea and coffee provided. No fee. Bring your lunch and join in the celebration of the word.


Dunedin

NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2011 – TONGUE-TWISTER CHALLENGE
Saturday 16th July – Sunday 24th July
All Dunedin Public Libraries

Tongue-Twisters are poems written to get your tongue in a tangle! Grab a Tongue-Twister from your local library and see how fast you can go without making a mistake.

Free entry.


NATIONAL POETRY DAY 2011: POETRY EVENING
7.00 p.m. - 9.00 p.m., Friday 22nd July 2011
4th Floor, Dunedin City Library, Dunedin

Enjoy a glass of wine and light refreshments as poetry is brought to life by some of our best-loved and upcoming poets. Featuring Fiona Farrell, Joanna Preston, Richard Reeve, Michael Steven and Rhian Gallagher. M.C. David Howard

Entry is free. Bookings essential: 03 474 3690 or library@dcc.govt.nz
Ticket collection: City Library

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tuesday Poem: Courtship and Marriage. Harvey Molloy

Courtship and Marriage

1

Your father wants you
back by midnight

but first
a little Hindi

down the ghetto blaster's mike
before we get out of bed

let me give you a backrub
I'll walk you home . . .

now again in Hindi
now in English.

2

After three weeks
in Yogesh Uncle's house in Delhi

we found one morning
chai, masala omelet,

The Hindustan Times,
a filigree necklace and chain

cast in the finest gold
by the best Sikh jewelers

in Tilak Nagar
placed on a silver leaf tray.

3

To appease Auntie
we placed all our money

on an outside horse
picked by an astrologer

in Lucknow
who'd been at the Chivas.

4

Married we opted
for proportional representation

over first past the post
as a way of arranging

the lounge furniture
now nothing stays

long enough in one spot
to imprint the carpet

and we don't buy new
but here's the good news

the horse came in.



Harvey Molloy





First published in Blackmail Press 23.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Susan Wheeler. Poem.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Approximately Forever. C.D. Wright

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Winter. Aleksandra Lane.
Poetry archive recording of Vincent O'Sullivan.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Art is an activity of the spirit and when we lose track of what makes an art an art, we lose track of the spirit.

Robert Haas

Monday, July 04, 2011

Tuesday Poem: W.B.Yeats Reading His Own Verse



Yeats made these recordings for the wireless in 1932, 1934 and the last on 28 October 1937 when he was 72. He died on January 28 1939. The photograph shows him sitting before the microphone in 1937.