Poetry Shelf classic poem: Wen-Juenn Lee picks Joan Fleming’s ‘Husband and Wife Talk Without Talking At A Difficult Dinner Party’

        Note from Wen-Juenn Lee: I first read Joan Fleming’s ‘Husband and Wife Talk Without Talking At A Difficult Dinner Party’ at university, when something about the simple domesticity yet the ‘intolerable solitude’ of love (‘Translations VI’, Failed Love Poems) struck me – at a time when I was just beginning to […]

Poetry Shelf audio spot: Wen-Juenn Lee’s ‘Prologue’

          ‘Prologue‘ appeared in Three Lamps, an online journal from the University of Auckland, edited by Paula Morris.   Wen-Juenn Lee edits poetry for the Australian literary journal, Voiceworks. She works and lives in Melbourne, and writes of home and belonging.          

The 2019 Sarah Broom Prize session @AWF: a celebration of poetry

Rarotonga-based poet Jessica Le Bas is the winner of the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize 2019.  Sarah Broom website here with poems by the finalists and winner   On Saturday I had the honour of mc-ing the Sarah Broom Prize session, having acted as Prize Director for the past year. I welcomed international judge, Anne Michaels, […]

Poetry Shelf noticeboard: In Jacket2 Vaughan Rapatahana presents Part 2 Kiwi Asian women poets

  Vaughan Rapatahana presents Part 2 of his feature on New Zealand Asian women poets. He  considers rage and alienation but stresses these women write so much more. The poets: Aiwa Pooamorn, Nina Powles, Vanessa Crofskey, Wen-Juenn Lee, Shasha Ali and Joanna Li . You can read the full piece with poems here. On Poetry […]

Poetry Shelf noticeboard: at Jacket 2 – Vaughan Rapatahana on Kiwi Asian women poets

  in a few months, i will fly away from these streets, out of skin. in a few months, i will spend two new years in vegetable markets and watching lazy susans spin our chipped china plates around.   from ‘Ancestors’ by Joanna Li   This is an excellent post (part one of two) by […]

In the hammock: Reading Landfall 235

  Landfall 235 launches Emma Neale as the new editor. The cover aptly features ‘The House Party’; Kathryn Madill’s monoprint is strange and seductive with sunken black space and textured skin. It is like a poem that tempts and then holds you in an intricate grip. There is a Madill sequence inside that is equally […]