Poetry Shelf Monday poem: Airini Beautrais’s ‘Last days’

    Last days   In the last days of the supermarket I walked through the fresh section, wet-stained bins where there used to be fruit.   In the bakery my son said ‘Can we have meringues?’ They looked dubious but I said OK. The coffee was long gone, the only tea was herbal.   […]

Poetry Shelf Monday poem: Airini Beautrais’s ‘Soldier’s buttons’

    Soldier’s buttons   Saw a man             supine on a bench thought maybe needs help             recognised your shoes thought maybe acute grief             or just resting   best left alone. Walked in the other direction. How have I been so long out of sunlight, how have I not known down here   there are these […]

Poetry Shelf Friday words: Airini Beautrais on poems she’s found helpful

  A few words about some poems I’ve found helpful   In dark times it seems inappropriate to make any claims for the efficacy of poetry, or any art form, in effecting social and political change. It might also seem too soon or too difficult, or impossible, to express an immediate response to violent and […]

Airini Beautrais is reading at the Serjeant Gallery Whanganui

    ‘I’m reading at the Sarjeant this Sunday, and talking about connections between artworks in the collection and the poems in my book. This event is in support of the Sarjeant redevelopment. If you’re nearby, please come along. We are so lucky to have such an amazing gallery in Whanganui. Also, we have a […]

Poetry Shelf audio spot: AWF guest Airini Beautrais reads ‘Listening’

  In case you don’t get to hear Airini Beautrais read at the Auckland Writers Festival this weekend – you can hear her reading a new poem.       Listening Your love’s a country I will never see again, a horse that will not take the bit, a dusty dress I am too fat […]

Poets on Tour: Airini Beautrais and Maria McMillan take to the road, July 2017

Airini Beautrais and Maria McMillan have written up their poetry road trip. I am so hoping this becomes a thing – two poet friends on tour with new books.            both Victoria University Press, 2017 We’ve known each other since the early 2000s, and both of us have been writing poetry for […]

Flow: Whanganui River Poems – Paula Green in conversation with Airini Beautrais

Flow: Whanganui River Poems, Airini Beautrais, Victoria University Press, 2017   Airini grew up in Auckland and Whanganui, studied both ecological science and creative writing at Victoria University and has worked as a science teacher. Her debut collection, Secret Heart, won Best First Book of Poetry at the Montana New Zealand Book Awards in 2007. […]

Flow: Whanganui River Poems – Airini Beautrais’s poetry launch

Nau mai, haere mai. Come and help celebrate the launch of Airini Beautrais’s new collection, Flow: Whanganui River Poems. Featuring stories from the catchment, river and town. Shipwrecks, floods, soldier-settlers, surveyors, missionaries, protests, poets, petrolheads, deviants, sly-groggers, environmentalists, heroes, anti-heroes and complicated characters. With readings by Airini, Maria McMillan, and special guests. All welcome. Drinks […]