Monthly Archives: April 2014

Join Compound Press to launch poetry chapbooks by Steven Toussaint & Lee Posna

New Zealand seems to be a fertile ground for independent poetry presses and bookshops. Wonderful!


Time Out Bookstore

Saturday April 26th 4.30 pm until 8pm

Join Compound Press to launch poetry chapbooks by Steven Toussaint & Lee Posna.

 Fiddlehead by Steven Toussaint : Re-imagines Rangitoto as Dante’s mountain island of purgatory.

Arboretum by Lee Posna : A posthumous reflection on the bounds of the empire of artistic vision.
The poets will be present to read a little – perhaps from these books, perhaps something else entirely.

A few drinks will be provided.
Handmade books available for purchase for $10.


Ashleigh Young goes biking!

Check out this terrific post from Ashleigh Young:

A bike ride with James Brown


I’ve been a big fan of James Brown’s poems for a long time. The first poem of his I read was ‘Loneliness’, in 2001. It’s probably still his most well known poem, all these years later. I wonder if James is a bit tired of it now, has made a real effort to leave it behind, the way Radiohead have left behind ‘Creep’ but a stubborn faction of people still want them to play it and wish they’d go back to their roots. Anyway, after I read it and Lemon, his second book, I became preoccupied with tracking down a copy of his first book, Go Round Power Please. It was out of print, but that eerie crowd of little pottery faces on the cover haunted me, and eventually I stumbled across a copy in a secondhand bookstore, and when I read that book, I knew that James’s poems would end up being permanent fixtures in my head.

The full post is here

Autobiography of a Marguerite reached its Pledge-Me target– a note from Hue & Cry

This message from Hue & Cry


‘Thank you so much for supporting our campaign for Zarah’s book, Autobiography of a Marguerite. You’ll be happy to know that the manuscript is now with our designers. This means we’re on the home run and on the countdown to launch night.

And for those of you based in or near Wellington, we have a confirmed venue and date for the official launch event. This will take place at the City Gallery Wellington on Thursday 5 June, 5.30PM. So put it in your diary now, as you’re all invited. And you can collect your rewards at the event as well. We’ll also be holding an Auckland reading  a little later in June, so stay tuned for information about this.’


Libby Hart is creating an international poetry book review journal, and is interested in receiving NZ titles

Call out: What the Bird Said

What the Bird Said will be devoted to online criticism of a diverse array of the best contemporary and international poetry and is especially keen to hear from authors and publishers of poetry collections and anthologies written in English.
Please send a query email to Libby Hart at if you are interested in having your book reviewed.
Libby Hart is author of Fresh News from the Arctic (Anne Elder Award) and This Floating World (shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Awards and the Age Book of the Year Awards). Her new poetry collection, Wild, is forthcoming from Pitt Street Poetry in 2014. Please see for more details.


Libby Hart
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Three Poets on Love


I was invited to contribute a piece on Love to Awkword Paper Cut blog run by Michelle Elvy (it draws in writers from NZ and USA to write on writing). Even though I edited an anthology of love poems (Dear Heart) and I feel I write primarily out of love, I don’t write many love poems.  It was a fascinating thing to do– to write the piece.

You can read the three pieces here.


Earlier this year, I read ‘Iambic pentameter’ by Patricia Sykes, a poem about voice and rebellion and learning to stand on one’s own two feet. In Sykes’ bio, I read of her collaboration with composer Liza Lim, and I was so intrigued by this project that I followed the links to Lim’s webpage and found myself lingering late one night over her piece called Love Letter, 2011’ – inspired and linked in various ways to James Tenney’s ‘Postal Pieces’. Tenney’s experiment is described as a “meditation on acoustics, form, or hyper-attention to a single performance gesture”. Lim’s ‘Love Letter’ is similarly experimental, something she describes as a mere “prompt, an invitation to the performer to participate in a process of honouring someone (‘their beloved’) [while] all the true work lies with the performer” – something which prompted me to reflect even more on ideas linking passion, voice, heartbeat and distances we traverse both physically and spiritually in the name of love.

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