Thank you so much for my birthday Poetry Shelf: I am still moved to tears at the thought


Yesterday I got sent a link to a web page where NZ poets had gifted me poems for my 60th birthday. I had a lovely day with my family but I ducked in and out of the poems when I was home. I haven’t had a chance to read all the poems and notes but I am quite speechless.

The poems have struck and stuck with me. The way they have caught something of my own poetry or obsessions or experiences. That glistening glinting mesmerising expanse that we call New Zealand poetry. That has neither border nor limitation. That is steeped in an ingrained love of words and what they can do.

To have taken time out of your busy lives and placed a poem on the shelf is extraordinary.

I can’t tell you how much this means to me, and to many family.

I encourage poetry fans to delve into this treasury box and make their own discoveries.


Love to all,



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