If facing the paper, your thought is 'I am an artist', you have no clue what to do. If the concepts of your function are, 'I am a shape maker, an entertainer, an expressive symbol collector'...then you have an explicit road map. Edgar Whitney

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

CPC Spring Season of Readings

We're in the middle of poetry season here in Christchurch. Last night was superb, the guest readers satisfied my need to hear well crafted poetry read in the poet's own voices. The open mike readers were of high calibre with the likes of James Norcliffe, Bernadette Hall, Kerrin P Sharpe, Helen Lowe and new voices that were a treat to hear.

I'm at the lecturn next week with Sean Joyce and our star poet, Louise Wallace. Looking forward to it!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Thursday, March 1, 2012

My Lover as Hat

I love you, my hat. 

I love the brim of you
pulled over my eyes. 

I love you thrown
in the air. I catch you.  

I love you crushed
under my foot.  

I love you, my hat,
feathered, ribboned or flowered. 

I love you abandoned
on a chair. 

Worn in the rain
at a funeral, in church  

where the parson
compliments you. 

I love you, my hat. 

I have worn you so long
you are sweat stained.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Blackmail Press #32 is Live

Blackmail Press #32 is live. You can read my poems here.

One Handed Woman is a character I made that reflects some of the questions I have about being a woman with feminism as my birth right. How did it shape me? Advantages, disadvantages, even disabilities? The poem is part of an ongoing dialogue I have with my contemporaries.

Emissary to a Neighbouring Kingdom, The Parson Falls in Love and Goes Mad and One Left for a Hero, came from a paper I read sometime last year on the disconnection men feel from traditional archetypes. These poems are my reflections on this sociological phenomenon, the characters are the king, the cleric and the hero respectively.  I am continuing to write in this series, several more are included in my manuscript, A Machine of Herbs and Flowers

The Water Gleaners is a retelling of the story of Oberon, Titania and the fairy Mustard Seed from A Midsummer Nights Dream. It’s a story built around my concerns for the politicizing and future distribution of potable water.

Enjoy Blackmail Press #32, there are some wonderful poets included. It’s a great read.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Published Poems

A few folk have asked me where they can read my poems. Some are here on my blog  of course. Here's a summary of poems published elsewhere.

Snorkel, the literary journal of the University of Sydney, you can read Turning the Seasons with the Dead here

International Literary Quarterly published Biological Name for Moth and Coracle here

Turbine, Literary Magazine of the Victoria University, Wellington NZ published Found Farther and Farther Out here

Shot Glass Journal published Nude on a Staircase here

I've been a Tuesday poet on Catherine Fitchett's blog, with Young Woman Marries the Farmer's Son here

Samuel Peralta featured Drawing Grasses in Okains Bay New Zealand on his blog The Semaphore Anthology

Print Media
In addition I have been published several times in Takahe, which you can subscribe to here. Numerous times in The Press. Voiceprints #3, which is available to purchase through the Canterbury Poets Collective. Also Enamel and Crest to Crest Anthology of Canterbury Poetry and Prose.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Winning the 2011 Margaret Mahy Prize.

“Ok, so you’re pretty prolific, get 100 poems together and let’s see if there’s a book amongst them.”  Thus began the relationship with my Hagley Writers Institute supervisor, John Dickson.

OOOkay… I gulped and got to work and lo, I pulled it off. I narrowed it down to 47, submitted the manuscript for my final folio and it was short listed in the top seven. From these Anne Rogers, editor at Random House chose the winners of the Margaret Mahy Award. I thought I hadn’t heard correctly when my name was called. I stumbled up to receive the award, and then spent the rest of the evening in a grinning daze. Always remember to prepare a winners face, as well as a losers. I have learned by experience now! Pictures of graduation here.

The manuscript is called, A Machine of Herbs and Flowers. It’s my first collection of poetry. Hagley are now sending it to Auckland University Press and one other publisher yet to be decided to be considered for publishing.

2011 was tough, with some 9,500 aftershocks and quakes in Christchurch and the death of one of my best friends. Hagley held me together and gave me purpose and hope. There’s a lot to look forward to and work towards in 2012. I’m returning to Hagley for year two. This year my tutor is the brilliant Frankie Mcmillan who I know will be able to polish my short fiction writing skills.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Review of apple strudel

Thank you to Emmett Wheatfall for his review of 'apple strudel'. It's always a pleasure to be reviewed by a peer. His review can be read here http://emmettwheatfall.tumblr.com/ .