Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Poem: The World Is Too Much With Us

The World Is Too Much With Us

By William Wordsworth
The world is too much with us; late and soon,
Getting and spending, we lay waste our powers;—
Little we see in Nature that is ours;
We have given our hearts away, a sordid boon!
This Sea that bares her bosom to the moon;
The winds that will be howling at all hours,
And are up-gathered now like sleeping flowers;
For this, for everything, we are out of tune;
It moves us not. Great God! I’d rather be
A Pagan suckled in a creed outworn;
So might I, standing on this pleasant lea,
Have glimpses that would make me less forlorn;
Have sight of Proteus rising from the sea;
Or hear old Triton blow his wreath├Ęd horn.

More poems here at Tuesday Poem.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Nanosphere at Frankfurt with Voyagers

The organisers of the Frankfurt Book Fair have included the NZ science fiction poetry anthology Voyagers.  There's also a blog promoting kiwi books at Frankfurt and so my poem 'Nanosphere' along with poems by Iain Britton, Janis Freegard and Sue Wootton is now online over at the blog.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

R.I.P Mum

Mum with my brother Kris, 1959.

My mother, Jayne Barbara Molloy (nee Carruthers) who was born in Penrith died in Palmerston North Hospital on Tuesday morning. I was with her in her final hours.  She had been very ill for a long while and I am relieved that she does not have to suffer any more. Her funeral will be held in Otaki on Friday. Here are two poems I have chosen for her.

But not forgotten
I think, no matter where you stray,
That I shall go with you a way.
Though you may wander sweeter lands,
You will not soon forget my hands,
Nor yet the way I held my head,
Nor all the tremulous things I said.
You still will see me, small and white
And smiling, in the secret night,
And feel my arms about you when
The day comes fluttering back again.
I think, no matter where you be,
You'll hold me in your memory
And keep my image, there without me,
By telling later loves about me. 

Dorothy Parker, American writer and poet (1893 - 1967)

If I should die before the rest of you,
Break not a flower nor inscribe a stone.
Nor, when I'm gone, speak in a Sunday voice,
But be the usual selves that I have known.
Weep if you must,
Parting is hell.
But life goes on,
So........ sing as well.

Joyce Grenfell, actress and writer (1910 - 1979)

Monday, July 23, 2012

Tuesday Poem: The Liking by Janis Freegard

The Liking - poem by Janis Freegard, first published in Poetry New Zealand and included in AUP New Poets 3. For more of Janis see Kingdom Animalia.  Janis read at the BNZP gig at Te Papa today.

More poems here at Tuesday Poem.

Friday, July 20, 2012

BNZP Reading at Te Papa

On Monday 23 July at 12.15 I'll read my poem 'The Last Surrealist' at the Telstra Clear Centre at Te Papa. I'll be reading along with with other poets Lindsay Bird, Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle, Janis Freegard, Rob Hack, Dinah Hawken, Anna Jackson, Helen Lehndorf, Kate McKinstry, Bill Manhire, Marty Smith, Ranui Taiapa and Tim Upperton, whose work was chosen by Bernadette Hall for inclusion in 2011's Best New Zealand Poems. The event is part of the International Institute of Modern Letters Writers on Monday series.  There is no charge for admission. 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Baby Missiles

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Tuesday Poem: Double Blow by Jenny Powell

I had the pleasure of giving a brief reading with Jenny at the Dunedin Art Gallery a few weeks ago.  Jenny is a lively, engaging reader who quickly establishes a rapport with her audience.  I'm enjoying reading her recent book Ticket Home. Jenny, I hope that you don't mind me sharing this clip with other Tuesday Poets.

More poems here at Tuesday Poem.

Monday, July 09, 2012

Sky Whisperers Ranginui

Wickcandle Film proudly presents a Matariki midwinter screening of
Sky Whisperers Ranginui
Sunday 15 July 4.00pm
Paramount Cinema 25 Courtney Place

Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H31SccPlHMk

"This breathtakingly beautiful environmental film has a magic all of its own" Liz Remmersvaal

"Celestial navigators, climatologists, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, biodynamic gardeners, Maori, astronomers, farmers, fishermen and business folk who observe the sky, the air, the moon, the sun and the stars call us to a closer intimacy with our skies. Together they show how we can establish a way of observing, living and doing business which results in non-pollution of our air and clear light vision of our night skies"

Kathleen Gallagher – Director

Nau mai Haere mai
Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman is introducing the film
, as this is a Green Party fundraiser.
Film director Kathleen Gallagher will be available for questions and discussion

Bookings at Paramount Cinema /
www.paramount.co.nz /04 384 4080  greenfilmfundraiser@gmail.com . Doors open at 3:30, and there will be wine available.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

Tuesday Poem: Science Fiction by Kingsley Amis

Read by the author.

More poems here at Tuesday Poem.

Monday, July 02, 2012

Dunedin Bound

On Wednesday I set off for Dunedin where I'll be running a workshop on student creative writing groups for this year's conference of the New Zealand Association of Teachers of English.  Fellow poet Jenny Powell has suggested that we give an impromptu poetry reading so I'm taking some of my more recent work down south. My school has kindly paid my registration fees but the travel and accommodation costs will be paid from my own pocket.  I'd like to see the day when CEOs of Telecom receive less outrageous golden handshakes and teachers don't have to pay their own travel and accommodation costs to attend professional conferences.