Tag Archives: National Poetry Day

My National Poetry Day Suite of Poems: Magnolia Wilson’s ‘Dear Sister’

 

 

 

Dear Sister,

I write to you this morning from my desk overlooking the garden. I can see Toby clearing grass from beside the path where I walked this morning. The way my shoes crunch upon the white pebbles on the path, I find it pleases me. There is something about our clothes, the taffeta, silks, stitched leather of our shoes, the sounds they make against the world, brushing upon things, rustling, that satisfies me so much and I do not know why. I wonder if any person from the past of the future has thought or will think the same. Oh, I like the way this stiff linen cuff feels brushing against this paper as I write, or, I love the sound of mother’s shoes clicking deeply on the cool marble of the passageway.

This morning the sun rose like jewellery, only, so much more than jewellery and less of that lonely feeling that gifts of precious stones and metals gives me. What is it with men and things. Here is this little transparent chunk of earth, stick it to your finger and now give me your person, your selfhood, your body, all the hours of the rest of your days. My heart belongs to mornings like this one. It was my own. The world was still and alive and I could hear men in the distance beginning to husband their animals. A far away dog was barking, someone calling out to her children.

 

 

©Magnolia Wilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Poetry Day in Dunedin

From Diane Brown:

 

In Dunedin the main event was held on Thursday 25th. Titled Decadence, 1 Otago poet and 9 Dunedin poets,  Michael Harlow, Vincent O’Sullivan, David Eggleton, Allan Roddick, Richard Reeve, Emma Neale, Diane Brown, Carolyn McCurdie, Lynley Edmeades and Robyn Maree Pickens  entertained an audience of over 100.  Posters were made of their poems and gifted to the audience.  Jazz was played in the interval and in the mix and mingling. This from someone in the audience Decadence-10 Dunedin Poets this evening was a wonderful Dunedin experience. I ‘d committed to be somewhere else by 7.30 but could not tear myself away. A heart-warming, magic event.

Visitors to the library collaborated on a joint poem and children made a poetry tree.
Also in Dunedin was the roll-out of poems in an unexpected location – on the back of tickets from some pay and display parking meters. Starting with 8 poems written by Dunedin poets this is an ongoing project that will work like a lucky dip.

There was quite a poetry buzz in local media and a public poetry reading at Otago University.

National Poetry Day in Christchurch

Hagley Writers’ Intstitute’s National Poetry Day event at Scorpio Book shop – Bernie Hall, Teoti Jardine, Owen Marshall,Rose Collins, Frankie McMillan, Jeni Curtis, Marisa Cappetta, Christina Stachurski, James Norcliffe and the winner, Danielle O’Halloran – thanks Phantom Billstickers for sponsoring National Poetry Day and for publishing the winning poem and Sarah Jane Barnett for the photos.

James Norcliffe with Morrin Rout, and Bernadette Hall below

14124453_1164407566968524_1326908011548299091_o.jpg14066329_1164406443635303_462515609990872377_o.jpg

National Poetry Day in the Herald: some thoughts, a favourite poem and ten poems that have stuck to me

The NZ Herald invited to share some thoughts on poetry for National Poetry Day. Here is my contribution in full, including a favourite poem and a list of poems that have stuck to me.

DSC_0101.jpg

Paula with Courtney Sina Meredith’s fabulous Tail of the Taniwha

 

Josephine likes lyric poetry

 

Josephine likes the way a poet will pull in a bird or a ladder

or an old coat and the bird and the ladder and the old coat

will tremble and shiver and ebb and flow just like the sea

so you will fall upon the fullness of each and it will make

you shift on your chair and almost stop breathing.

 

From New York Pocket Book Seraph Press, 2016

 

 

Poetry is a form of music. There are no rules you can’t break. Poems can tell stories, make lists, leave things out, share secrets, make things up, confess things, protest in a loud voice. A good poem can take you out in the world and turn you upside down so everything looks different. It can push you down a steep slope that is really exhilarating or put you in front of something strange or wonderful so you just have to stop and linger as though you are in a bush clearing or on an unfamiliar street or peeking through a door ajar. Sometime the hairs on the back of your arm might stand on end, especially when you hear a good poem read out loud (Bill Manhire, Michele Leggott, David Eggleton). Good poems can sometimes misbehave (Hera Lindsay Bird) or make you suck your cheeks in because they tang with life (Emma Neale) or make you swop shoes (Sarah Jane Barnett, Anna Jackson, Helen Rickerby). We don’t have to get everything in a poem. A good poem is where a poet takes shoes and socks off and stands in a southern stream in the middle of winter. Anything is possible. Some poems don’t suit us and some poems are a match made in heaven (Tusiata Avia, Bernadette Hall, Joan Fleming, Ian Wedde, Chris Price, Gregory O’Brien, Murray Edmond, Elizabeth Smither, Steven Toussaint).

 

 

A favourite poem

I love Rachel Bush’s ‘Sing Them’ because she is singing out of near death, unfolding lines until they ‘float,’ and there is love and memory, even at ‘the cold leftover end/ of the rind of winter,’ and I feel sad as I read but she lets the world shine and each phrase is extraordinary.

 

 

Ten New Zealand poems that have stuck to me (sticky poems)

Jenny Bornholdt ‘The Rocky Shore’

James Brown ‘The Bicycle’

Anne Kennedy ‘Sing-Song’

Michele Leggott ‘Blue Irises’

Margaret Mahy ‘Down the Back of the Chair’

Bill Manhire ‘Hotel Emergencies’

Selina Tusitala Marsh ‘Fast Talking PI’

Cilla McQueen ‘Being Here’

CK Stead ‘Auckland’

Hone Tuwhare ‘Rain’

 

 

 

13988077_1154441617973440_258295689424423592_o.jpg

 

Wanaka Library is popping for Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

… love all the creative energy libraries are putting into our national poetry celebrations

 

Book Spine Poetry Display at Wanaka Library

This fun and quirky display will have you coming back for more. Pop in each day during Wanaka Library’s week of National Poetry Day celebrations and see what the Wanaka library staff, have put together. The idea is simple and fun, it involves stacking books in a particular order so the titles on the book spines create a poem. A display for all to enjoy! This is a great chance to come in to Wanaka Library and get some inspiration for your own poetry writing. See if you would have arranged the titles in a different way, and what other poems you would make out of the spine poetry on display.

 

Entry Details: Free. Open to all ages. This is a free to view on going display for the week of National Poetry Day.

 

Date/Times: Monday 22nd August – Friday 26th August. Open during regular library opening hours: Mon-Wed 9:00am – 5:30pm; Thurs 9:00am – 7:00pm; Fri 9:00am – 5:30pm; Sat 10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Location: Wanaka Library, 1 Bullock Creek Lane, Wanaka
Contact: Eve Marshall-Lea / eve.marshhall-lea@qldc.govt.nz
Further Info  or here