Kay McKenzie Cooke reads ‘No Longer Applies’ from Upturned, The Cuba Press, 2020
Kay McKenzie Cooke, Kai Tahu, Kati Mamoe, lives in Dunedin. Her fourth poetry collection Upturned has just been released from The Cuba Press. Her website and blog can be found here.
Rachel McAlpine reads ‘Reading a paper book’ from How to Be Old The Cuba Press 2020
Poet Rachel McAlpine lives in Wellington and is 80. She blogs, podcasts and draws (badly) as well as writing poems. How To Be Old, her latest collection of poems, will be launched by Fiona Kidman at Unity Books on Tuesday 21st July at 12.30 pm.
Interesting reading – especially when trouble turns up because a reader believes your fictions!
‘If you intend to be a poet and to publish your work, it’ll be a lot of fun but be prepared for three things:
many people will assume that all your poems relate true facts about your actual life
some people will completely misunderstand your poems, even taking the opposite meaning from your intention
once in a while, this can lead to trouble.
That’s the deal!
I’m pretty sure that most people believe that any poem that seems to be about a real person is about a real person. And particularly if you write in a confessional style, people will naturally assume that you are confessing the truth about yourself.
I try to make you believe all my poems are true
This phenomenon is a mixed blessing. I’ve often been labelled a poet of the confessional school, and yes yes yes, I do want people to plunge into my poems and suspend disbelief. Sometimes my poems are true — in fact I hope they all seem that way, and that you can’t tell the difference.’