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 […]
‘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.
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Amy Leigh Wick’s weekly writing group Nick’s 100 words of NZ poetry snapshot I have many namedropped stories of poet encounters. They are all slimy and desperate. But here’s an image of a time in Dunedin writing that feels, at least to me, important. On St Kilda beach in 1996 […]
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 […]