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My Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day poetry wish list …


  1.  We get to hear a poem on RNZ National before the 2pm news every Friday (or noon) – like a poem bird call.
  2.  We still get to read a Friday poem in a newspaper or monthly poem in a magazine.
  3.  Making up poems with your children goes viral.
  4. We get to read poems on buses and trains like you get in London.
  5. Someone picks a page and recycles the words into a poem to send to someone else like a bunch of irises (yep reading-writing Robin Hyde this week).
  6. Hundreds of poetry books get bought on Poetry Day so publishers big and small keep publishing this little species.
  7. I read Sarah Jane Barnett’s fabulous poetry picks and follow her drinks match.
  8. New Zealand poems get read in schools.
  9. Children read poems in retirement villages.
  10. I get to read all the new poetry books in my stack and share this week.
  11. Poetry workshops are active with refugees, women’s refuges, prisons, schools, libraries, bookshops.
  12. Some cafes have a wall poem.
  13. Libraries have interactive poem features (like National Library’s origami boat).
  14. On-line poetry activity continues to flourish like wildfire at The Spin Off and Pantograph Punch and other excellent sites.
  15. We have mixed up citytownruralyoungoldnorthsouthshortlongedgyheartsmackingnervetinglingbody moving poetry events.
  16. People make up poems in their head even when they think they can’t.
  17. The Hard to find Bookshop stays in business because it is poetry gold.
  18. Selina Tusitala Marsh shows young poets what poetry can do across the nation.
  19. We have a national poetry festival that blasts all borders.
  20. I get to have a long poetry lunch with good food and good wine and lots of poetry.


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20/20 Bringing poetry to the people with free online collection -part 3 now live

Poems here

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day celebrate their 20th anniversary this year and, to mark the occasion, are publishing free online poetry collection 20/20. The collection includes Poet Laureates, Ockham New Zealand Book Awards winners and strong new voices from recent collections and anthologies.

The 20/20 collection features 40 poems by New Zealand poets who represent the diversity and vibrancy of our literary talent. Twenty of the poets featured in the collection are acclaimed writers, who were invited to select one of their own poems that they felt spoke to New Zealanders now. They were also asked to choose a poem by an emerging poet or writer who they considered to be essential reading in 2017.

Paula Morris (Ngati Wai, Ngati Whatua), spokesperson for the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, said that she was “excited to see the range of voices selected here, and the ethnic and geographic diversity in the poets chosen by our twenty established writers. This list speaks to a ‘new’ New Zealand literature, and reflects how much our culture is changing and growing.”

The poems are published in groups of ten between 24 May and 25 August 2017, with Group Three (see below) released today. The featured poets and their chosen poems are: Auckland-based poet C. K. Stead and his choice Johanna Emeney (North Shore, Auckland); David Eggleton (Dunedin) and Leilani Tamu (Auckland); Elizabeth Smither (Taranaki) and Rob Hack (Paekakariki); Richard Reeve (Dunedin) and Michael Steven (Auckland); Robert Sullivan (Auckland) and Ngahuia Te Awekotuku (Waikato).

C. K. Stead
‘Into extra time’
The Black River (AUP, 2007)


Johanna Emeney
Apple & Tree (Cape Catley, 2011)


David Eggleton
The Conch Trumpet (OUP, 2015)

Leilani Tamu
‘Avaiki Rain’
The Art of Excavation (Anahera Press, 2014)


Elizabeth Smither
‘Miss Bowerman and the hot water bottles’
Night Horse (AUP, 2017)

Rob Hack
‘Almost a Buddhist’
Everything is Here (Escalator Press, 2016)


Richard Reeve
‘At Frankton Supermarket, Queenstown’
Manifesto Aotearoa ed. Emma Neale and Philip Temple (OUP, 2017)

Michael Steven
‘Dropped Pin: Jollie Street’
The Story of My Past Lives
(Maungatoa Press, 2017)


Robert Sullivan
‘Sullivan Whānau’
Star Waka (AUP, 1999)

Ngahuia Te Awekotuku
Puna Wai Kōrero: An Anthology of Māori Poetry in English ed. Reina Whaitiri and Robert Sullivan (AUP, 2014).

The 20/20 collection is being made available to all New Zealanders as a free download. The PDF can be accessed on Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day, Friday 25 August, via this link

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day has been running continuously since 1997 and is always celebrated on the last Friday in August. Poetry enthusiasts from all over New Zealand organise a host of events – from poetry slams to flash and pop-up events – in a multiplicity of venues, including schools, libraries, bars, cafes and theatres. This year, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day takes place on Friday 25 August 2017.

Established in 1997, National Poetry Day is about discovery, diversity, community and pushing boundaries. It is a one-day national poetry-event extravaganza held on the last Friday of August each year. This is the second year of National Poetry Day operating under the sponsorship of Phantom Billstickers.

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day is proudly administered by the New Zealand Book Awards Trust.

20/20 May Poets: A Phantom Billstickers Poetry Day celebration

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Alison Wong and Chris Tse

Apirana Taylor and Kiri Piahana Wong

Vincent O’Sullivan and Lynley Edmeades

Paula Green and Simone Kaho

Jenny Bornholdt and Ish Doney


This terrific project forms a little poetry reading house where you enter the rooms off the side and you don’t know what you will find. There is a vitality and a freshness as established and emerging poets and those in-between come together in poem conversations. Love it! (I am part of it but no idea how the poetry house would unfold)



National Poetry Day in Wellington


I loved National Poetry Day in Wellington so much I want to go back there again next year! I only managed four sessions but they each had their own character and stuck to me like limpets. I came away with some new poems in my head I couldn’t stop musing over.

In my piece for the NZ Herald for Poetry Day I said: ‘Some poems don’t suit us and some poems are a match made in heaven.’ And so I have asked a few of the poets to let me post a few pieces on the blog over the next week or so. For me, their poems were a match made in heaven.

I spent my time jumping in taxis to spare my foot budget barely having a change to talk poetry with all the poetry fans. All the events were packed, the atmosphere sweet with poetry.

The last event though was genius. A bunch of writers and readers talked about a poem they loved in Aro Valley Hall. This was organised by Hannah Mettner and Magnolia Wilson and was so good I think it should feature in every city’s/town’s/village’s lineup. Bravo.

Bravo Miriam Barr, Phantom Billstickers, the NZ Book Awards group, the National Library, Vic Books and Unity Books for a terrific day.

Anybody who wants to send me a short piece on Poetry Day elsewhere I would love to balance my biased experience! paulajoygreen@gmail.com