Monday, November 28, 2011

The Golden Age of Deconstruction

A new, as yet unpublished poem.
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

The Rival

First published in The Lumière Reader.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

The Tapestry Weavers by Anson G. Chester

The Tapestry Weavers

LET US TAKE to our heart a lesson, no braver lesson can be,
From the ways of the tapestry weavers, on the other side of the sea.
Above their head the pattern hangs, they study it with care,
And as to and fro the shuttle leaps their eyes are fastened there.
They tell this curious thing besides, of the patient, plodding weaver;
He works on the wrong side evermore, but works for the right side ever.

It is only when the weaving stops,and the web is loosed and turned.
That he sees his real handiwork, that his marvelous skill is learned.
Ah, the sight of its delicate beauty! It pays him for all its cost.
No rarer, daintier work than his was ever done by the frost!
Then the Master bringeth him golden hire and giveth him praise as well,
And how happy the heart of the weaver is, no tongue but his can tell.

The years of man are the looms of God,let down from the place of the sun,
Wherein we all are weaving, till the mystic web is done,
Weaving blindly but weaving surely, each for himself his fate;
We may not see how the right side looks, we can only weave and wait.
But, looking above for the pattern, no weaver hath need to fear;
Only let him look clear into Heaven—the perfect Pattern is there.

If he keeps the face of the Saviour forever and always in sight,
His toil shall be sweeter than honey, and his weaving is sure to be right
And when his task is ended, and the web is turned and shown
He shall hear the voice of the Master; it shall say to him, “Well done!”
And the white-winged angels of heaven, to bear him thence shall come down,
And God shall give him gold for his hire—not coin, but a crown!

Anson G. Chester (1888).

I found few lines from this hymn in Alan Garner's masterpiece The Stone Book Quartet and I thought I'd share the poem as a number of Tuesday Poem readers are weavers or work with fabrics.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Latika in final short list for 2011 Asian Short Story Competition

Final short list for 2011 Asian Short Story Competition announced:

The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) is delighted to announce the finalists of the inaugural Asian Short Story competition. The finalists are:

Angelique Kasmara – Asians with Perms
Lee Murray – The Red Cardigan
Rosabel Tan – Paper Butterflies
Latika Vasil – Open Home

Congratulations to the finalists. The winner will be announced at an award ceremony in Auckland on Friday 18th November and will receive a cheque for $3,000. The winning entry will be published on our website for one month following the announcement.

The award this year has been generously funded by Creative New Zealand.
We received 43 entries and the selection panel felt that the overall standard was particularly high. The New Zealand Society of Authors (PEN NZ Inc.) is actively seeking ongoing funding to secure the future of this award.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Corporate Identity

First published in Albatross 20.
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Saturday, November 05, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Support Haiti!

Paul from Minuit has produced a hiphop track for the Kenbe La Foundation helping children in Haiti.
It is titled Kenbe La (Never Give Up) and features kiwi and international artists including Lisa Tomlins (currently in Europe with Sola Rosa), Luke Epapara (Kurnel MC) & Mika Ben (Haiti).
He also shot and edited a music video for it while over there in May this year, which showcases young street dancers (DanceBarefoot Workshop led by Ayikodans, Haiti) and infamous Port-au-Prince based graffiti artist 'Jerry' (think Banksie - but Haitian).
The track and the video focus attention on the life that exists despite the devastation of last year's earthquake -the vibrancy, colour, talent, artistic skill and resilience of Haitian young people.
Half of the country's population are under 18.
This is where we'd like you to come in. The tune was released digitally this week - Worldwide. We'd like people to download the song and share, blog, tweet, post, hollar the links far and wide.
This is not a Minuit track, but it is close to our hearts - and as supporters of Minuit we wanted to let you know. By downloading the song you're helping children in Haiti - but you're also spreading a message that we all need to hear : "we may not always have a choice what happens in life, but we do have a choice how we respond".
Download and support vital aid here.