The Sets, Victor Billot, Otago University Press, 2021
Victor Billot reads ‘The Sets’ from his collection plus two new poems: ‘An Award Winning Campaign’ and ‘The Youngest One’.
Victor Billot was born in Dunedin, New Zealand in 1972. He has worked in communications, publishing and the maritime industry. His collection The Sets was published by Otago University Press in February 2021.
In 2020 he was commissioned by the Newsroom website to write a series of political satires in verse and is now embarking on a new series. His poems have been displayed in the Reykjavik City Hall and in Antarctica.
The sky turned black as night, sirens wailed, streetlights blinked at stalled streets, the air streaked like some New York modern painting: Surreal, unreal, leaving high tide marks of ice in the doorways of mid-town shops
from ‘Hail & Water ‘ by Peter Olds
Two terrific poems by Peter Olds on The Poet Laureate site
This is one of my favourite sessions I have chaired ever!
Paula Green, poet, anthologist, reviewer and children’s author, with her newly minted honours and awards, shares the stage in a charming conversation with poet, short story writer and academic Bill Manhire, and jazz composer and performer Norman Meehan, as they disclose the alchemy of setting poetic text as song. They discuss their latest collaboration, the riddle project, Tell Me My Name, and along the way Bill Manhire reads two of his poems Frolic and I am quiet when I call.
This session took place the day after Manhire, Meehan and friends delivered a captivating opening night performance, Small Holes in the Silence for the Going West audience.
you have one job which is to hold this disturbingly large moth battering the woven basket of your fingers
every instinct whirring to close your fist and crush it or open your palms set the gross insect loose free your hands for other tasks
but this is your job the having and the holding the moth fluttering scaly wings into moon dust that stains your skin ghastly silver as you do not ask
how did this thing even get in here just maintain your grasp on the fragile stupid alien that flew to your light and would not go until you caught it and it was yours
Rebecca Hawkes is a queer pākehā poet, painter, and PowerPoint slide ghostwriter living in Te-Whanganui-a-Tara. Her chapbook ‘Softcore coldsores’ can be found in AUP New Poets 5. She is co-editor of the journal Sweet Mammalian and an upcoming anthology of climate change poetry, and is a founding member of popstar performance posse Show Ponies. More of Rebecca’s writing and paintings can be found in journals like Starling, Sport, Scum, and Stasis, or online at her vanity mirror.
Book a spot on our glittering Leftbank stage this CubaDupa, where you’ll get to choose from a selection of high-rotation poems to perform to a rapt audience of friends, strangers and the occasional pigeon. Feeling emo? Seducing a crush? Or do you just love…. words? HIT ME BABY ONE MORE RHYME: POETRY KARAOKE is a sequinned love letter to two of our favourite art forms. Presented by Satellites and curated by Chris Tse, this experience features chart-toppers like Mohamed Hassan, Tayi Tibble, and William Shakespeare — and brought to life by a rotating cast of hosts and pop-up performers including Rose Lu, Freya Daly Sadgrove, Brannavan Gnanalingam, Rebecca Hawkes and Eamonn Mara.
Here’s Landing Press’s new project for 2021: an anthology of poems about housing
Whether you own a house, rent or are homeless, housing is a source of nostalgia and comfort, a source of stress and fear, a changing landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand. We want to hear anything you have to say about housing.
We want poems by people who have written a lot. We want poems by people who have never written before but have something to say. If you haven’t written before and would like some help, we’ll help you.
You can send us up to 3 poems. Maximum length of each poem 40 lines. Put each poem on a separate page, and with each poem, include your name and contact details (email address, postal address and ph no). There also might be a small story behind your poem you want to include.
Note: Each poem should preferably be no longer than 20 lines single spaced and typed in 12 pt. Times New Roman. Poems must be submitted as a single Word document with your name in the filename. PDFs and handwritten submissions will not be considered.
Fast Fibres will be launched in print and online on National Poetry Day, August 27, 2021