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.          

Poetry Shelf: Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2022

Poetry New Zealand Yearbook is now edited by Tracey Slaughter, supported by the University of Waikato and published by Massey University Press. The latest issue continues to showcase poetry, essays, reviews and a feature poet. It also runs an annual poetry competition for secondary students. Tracey Slaughter’s introduction sidesteps the traditional literary journal’s editorial ‘opening’ […]

Poetry Shelf celebrates Landfall 241

Landfall 241, edited by Emma Neale, reviews editor Michelle Elvy Otago University Press, 2021 As Landfall 241 is the final issue edited by Emma Neale, Poetry Shelf takes a moment to toast the stellar work she has done as editor over the past few years. Like the other Landfalls under her watch, the latest issue […]

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 […]