Tag Archives: Poetry

Poet Selena Tusitala Marsh Rails Against Racism

Poet Selena Tusitala Marsh Rails Against Racism

She blows in like a song carried on a powerful current: a wild-haired woman, larger than life, carrying a tall carved stick. She loses things in that hair, she says; finds pens in there…

Bill Manhire’s Antarctic Poems Spare and Tender

Bill Manhire’s Antarctic Poems Spare and Tender

Ernest Shackleton’s account of his mission and New Zealander Bill Manhire’s Field Notes are among Canadian author Jean McNeil’s favourites about the Antarctic continent. “Antarctica is the fifth largest continent, but it is home to almost…

Q&A with Instapoet Star Hera Lindsay Bird

Q&A with Instapoet Star Hera Lindsay Bird

Acclaimed by the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, as “the most arresting and original new young poet”, New Zealander Hera Lindsay Bird, 31, is one of the stars of the new generation of “Instapoets”…

New Zealand Poets Taking on the World

New Zealand Poets Taking on the World

If poetry makes you think of stuffy classrooms and impenetrable verse, think again. The BBC’s Holly Williams takes a look at the female poets revolutionising the art form, including New Zealand-based Lang Leav and…

Kiwi Receives International Poetry Award In Spain

Kiwi Receives International Poetry Award In Spain

New Zealand poet Charles Olsen has received the international Xiii Distinction Poetas De Otros Mundos poetry prize, awarded by the Fondo Poético Internacional in Spain in recognition of the high quality of his poetic…

Hera Lindsay Bird Takes Poetry Beyond the Bookstore

Hera Lindsay Bird Takes Poetry Beyond the Bookstore

In New Zealand, poetry’s latest “it girl”, Hera Lindsay Bird, is amassing a semi-cult online following for her smart, sassy and explicit takes on everything from female sexuality to Friends. Bird, along with contemporaries…

Glue And Poetry In NY

Glue And Poetry In NY

For two years, owner of Christchurch-based Phantom Billstickers, Jim Wilson travelled throughout the United States putting poem posters by New Zealand poets on bollards, walls and in cafes and stores. As a result of…

Migratory musings

Migratory musings

Fleur Adcock’s Dragon Talk, her first poetry volume since 1997’s Looking Back — which explored “part of the poet’s wider enquiry into geographical and cultural displacement” — is reviewed by British poet Julian Stannard…

Discovering Mansfield’s poetry

Discovering Mansfield’s poetry

Katherine Mansfield’s poem The Candle is the Guardian’s ‘Poem of the Week’. “Mansfield is rightly praised for her short stories,” Carol Rumens. “As a poet, however, she is virtually forgotten — ignored even —…