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September 4, 2016

Objectively speaking ‘Hera’ is a beautiful name even if in formal situations you introduce yourself forthwith: ‘Lindsay Bird’. A half lie   propagated before the whole in which you deliver sincerely the lines: “I am savant in the breeder business I’m re-elongating pugs’ noses.”   With your hair pulled back a nondescript audience— nodding—fails to […]

August 7, 2016

I think I’ve found my new favourite hobby in Wellington. I attended a slam poetry event in the low-key, dusky vibes of San Francisco Bathhouse. Having a keen interest in poetry, I decided to take a break from religiously attending theatre, and instead I shook it up with a night of hearty, local poetry. I […]

August 7, 2016

i noticed you were dead last night when i came home from a party. you were there floating on the surface,               caught mid-accession from the tank. your little yellow belly was already beginning to bloat. full-stop mouth paused open, astonished at its end. you had met your fish-sized demise, my friend? i grabbed a […]

July 26, 2015

I see you Māori girl trying to stand in a foreign world on your own land I see you Māori man nodding your head Hiding the shame taking the blame I see you e Koro chiselled face so delicate, so precious yet out of place I see you e Kui staring through me with tears […]

May 24, 2015

I couldn’t pay my grocery bill yesterday but you bought $7 chocolate milk. I put back the bulk tub of margarine but you bought $7 chocolate milk. I even had to return the cereal, on special for ‘$2.99’, but you bought $7 chocolate milk. I had only enough to pay for white bread and precooked […]

May 18, 2014

My dearest sleep, you are but dreams,
A world I briefly conquer.
Though ‘twould be wise to leave your arms…

May 4, 2014

I thought I was cake batter on the edge of the bowl. Never again. — Claudia Jardine

July 1, 2011

As renowned for his idiosyncratic voice and eccentricity as he is for his poetry, Sam Hunt is the perfect person to star in a documentary. Sam Hunt: Purple Balloon and Other Stories, released on the 26th of May, knows this; directed by Tim Rose and produced by Jim Scott, the film features interviews with Sam, […]

August 9, 2010

The competition was judged by Jenny Bornholdt, current Victoria University Writer in Residence. She won the Montana Book Award for Poetry twice, the 2002 Katherine Mansfield Memorial Fellowship and she was named the fifth Te Mata Estate New Zealand Poet Laureate in 2005. She said of winner Benjamin Kemp’s winning poem: “In ‘Ju-ni Gatsu’ the […]