I heard Siobhan read a bit from this at the Pah Readings and witnessed the degree to which the audience was moved. Was rather special.
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.
Check out this terrific post from Ashleigh Young:
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
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.’
Call out: What the Bird Said
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.