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Poetry Shelf 2019



Poetry Shelf 2019 will resume poetry coverage in the next week or so with new features and old.

I will flag the arrival of all new NZ poetry books that are sent to me and review/interview some. Publishers or poets can send books to PO Box 95078 Swanson Waitakere 0653

I will also host a Poetry Shelf NOTICEBOARD – poetry events and poetry news. Send copy to

I am continuing the Monday Poem slot but I do not accept unsolicited poems at the moment.

On Tuesdays I will pay attention to  New Books. And throughout the week!

On Wednesdays I am introducing  Poetry Classics where poets and poetry fans get to share NZ poems or poetry books they have loved.

Poetry Audio spot continues on Thursdays.

On Fridays I am hosting Poetry Talk where a poet or poetry fan gets to talk about something that sparks them in the gloriously wide wide fields of poetry.


The blog will continue to have a NZ/Aotearoa focus but will also celebrate international poetry.

Dream pile: to post poetry videos! Let me know if you can do this!


ha p p y   p o e t r y   d a y s

Paula Green

Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Long Distance Phone Calls



Campfire stories in colossal scale. Intimacy against grand backdrops. Poetry connects us through time, history, scale and location.

Get up close and far with Auckland’s best writers and performers in the one night only show Long Distance Phone Calls. Programmed by Vanessa Crofskey and MC’d by Grace Taylor (Full Broken Bloom, Afakasi Speaks), this unique evening features talent such as Manu Vaea (FAFSWAG), Kyla Dela Cruz (Mouth:Tongue:Teeth), Stevie Davis-Tana (South Auckland Poet’s Collective), Phodiso Dintwe (Rising Voices), the girls of Ngā Hinepūkōrero (Word – The Frontline Interschool Slam Champions 2018) and renowned performance poet Carrie Rudzinski exploring belonging and connection.


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