TANGIHANGA IN THE TIME OF COVID19
how do we say farewell how
do we make sure that our loved
ones make it over the cape
when we can’t stay with them
in their last
it’s only two
essa may ranapiri
essa told me they would like this poem to be the start of a conversation among Maaori and Pasifika writers. ‘Poetry can bring us together,’ they hope.
I am happy to offer a connecting space ‘for Maaori and Pasifika writers to deal with and or celebrate whatever during this time’.
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essa may ranapiri, Ngāti Raukawa, is a poet from Kirikiriroa, Aotearoa. They graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Victoria University of Wellington (2018) and their work has appeared in many local journals. They are the featured poet in Poetry Yearbook 2020 (Massey University Press). ransack has been longlisted for the Ockham NZ Book Awards 2020.
essa may ranapiri website
Victoria University Press page
The Pantograph Punch Jackson Nieuwland reviews ransack
Poetry Shelf: essa reads ‘Glass Breaking’
essa on being at IIML with Tayi Tibble