We’re getting listeners to download our Voxpop app onto their smartphones and read a two minute poem so we can play it on air during the show all week.
If you write poems and would like to read one to be heard on Lately with Karyn Hay next week on RNZ National, we’d love to hear it. Download the RNZ Voxpop App from the Appstore or wherever you get your apps, and read a short poem of up to two minutes onto it. Simple as that. Make sure you say who you are, and what it’s called and – if you like, other deets such as where it’s been published. Karyn will play it on air next week on her show. We already have lots of poems to play, some from published authors, others from complete novices. Have a go! And please, share away!!
Instructions for the app:
1. To download the VoxPop app search for “RNZ VoxPop” in the app store on your iPhone or android phone.
You can find also find the app here:
2. Give yourself a username and give the app permission to use the microphone.
3. Select the question you wish to answer and it will bring up the microphone to begin recording.
4. Touch the microphone in the red circle to begin recording and then touch it again to end recording. You can “replay” to listen back and if you are happy hit the “publish” button to send the reading to us.
If you have any issues or questions email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Poetry Day
Jeffrey Paparoa Holman reads ‘Toroa Feeding – Taiaroa Heads’, from Fly Boy (Steele Roberts: 2010).
Jeffrey Paparoa Holman is a Christchurch poet and a writer of non-fiction, and senior adjunct fellow in the School of Humanities and Creative Arts at the University of Canterbury. Born in London, Jeffrey immigrated to New Zealand in 1950, growing up in the Devonport naval base in Auckland, then the coal mining town of Blackball on the West Coast of the South Island. He has worked as a sheep-shearer, postman, psychiatric social worker and bookseller.
Jeffrey’s poetry collection As Big as a Father was longlisted for the Montana New Zealand Book Awards (2003). In 2007, Jeffrey and Martin Edmond won the Copyright Licensing Limited Award giving them $35,000 each towards a non-fiction project. Best of Both Worlds: The Story of Elsdon Best and Tutakangahau, was published by Penguin in 2010. Jeffrey was the 2011 Waikato University Writer-in-Residence and in the same year shortlisted for the Ernest-Scott History prize, Australia. In 2012, he was awarded the Creative New Zealand University of Iowa Residency. The resulting book, The Lost Pilot: A Memoir was published by Penguin NZ (2013). In 2014, Jeffrey travelled to Berlin on a Goethe-Institute scholarship, pursuing research for his current project, a family history based on links with his German relations.
Jeffrey’s SHAKEN DOWN 6.3: Poems from the Second Christchurch Earthquake was published by Canterbury University Press in 2012. His most recent collection, Blood Ties: New and Selected Poems was published by Canterbury University Press in 2017.
Once again Wellington pulls out the stops on Poetry Day – this for a tasty start!
On drinking water
pure water a glass
of water contains:
of the sky nothing
necessarily, but always
of the cavernous
the wooden ladder we climb
down into the chasm
This poem was included in a painting of mine in the Water Project exhibition, curated by Shirin Khosraviani at the Ashburton Art Gallery. The exhibition has just come down–but will be touring the nation over the next year or two. Pic of the painting, ‘Ode to a South Island water molecule’:
Gregory O’Brien is currently living in Alexandra, Central Otago, where he is working on a new collection of poems and finishing Always song in the water, a book of travels in Northland and aquatic regions north of there.
credit: New Zealand Illustrated Magazine
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nzepc presents Lola Ridge’s New Zealand and Australia, an author page that includes Ridge’s antipodean poetry and video of biographer Terese Svoboda reading and talking about Lola Ridge in Hokitika, where the poet lived 1880-1903.
This long overdue collection of writings, images and recordings in the one place will open up avenues into a poet who got lost in the shadows. Thanks again to the dedicated excavation work of Michele Leggott and Brian Flaherty.