Aotearoa poets on poetry
Conversations with New Zealand poets about poetry and life.
Christchurch poet Kerrin Sharpe and Wellingtonian Frances Samuel released their collections around the same time with the same publisher. There's A Medical Name for This is Kerrin's second collection, Sleeping on Horseback is the first for Frances. We brought them together to find out about their approach to structuring their collections, the themes they explore, and their very different day jobs. Both books are published by Victoria University Press.
According to Reina Whaitiri there is a way of seeing the world through Māori eyes that, Puna Wai Kōrero, the first ever anthology of Māori poetry in English encapsulates. For Robert Sullivan, the collection draws together the many diverse worlds and voices of Māori many of which he comes across as the Head of School of Creative writing at Aucklands Manukau Institute of Technology. On the eve of its launch, Maraea Rakuraku talks with the editors about the process used in selecting the works of those featured, whether published writing privileges itself over spoken word and the state of Māori writing in this form.
NMIT creative-writing educator Cliff Fell on the influence of the "classic" poems and poets of the Border Ballads, dating from times of medieval skirmishes and raids between lowland Scots and the Northumbrians.
Michele Leggott is a former New Zealand Poet Laureate (2007–2009), and in 2013, Michele received the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry. She teaches at the University of Auckland and coordinates the New Zealand Electronic Poetry Centre.
In Heartland she continues to explore themes of light and gathering darkness, through her own loss of vision, and through other people's stories.
From Nine To Noon on 19 August 2014
One of Christchurch’s highest profile performance poets, Doc Drumheller with some tips on how to avoid writing angst-ridden verse, and he shares some of his poetry with us.
Currently Hinemoana is writer-in-residence at Victoria University, where she is researching a book about the years her father and his brothers spent at Sunnybank, a Catholic boys’ home in Nelson.
Her new poetry collection, Waha / Mouth (VUP, ISBN: 978-0-864739704), has just been published, and she will be a guest at the 2014 WORD Christchurch Writers and Readers Festival (27-31 August).
Hinemoana Baker has a kōrero about poetry and life with Kim Hill.
Poet Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle’s new book length poem is an account of someone suffering from a serious auto-immune illness. Or is it? Called Autobiography of a Marguerite the poem wrestles with ideas of identity, ambiguity and the absurdity of a sickness in which the body attacks itself.
Kirsti Whalen is a poet with a bright future. A second-year creative writing student at Auckland’s Manukau Institute of Technology, she has been applauded by her mentors and colleagues in the Faculty of Creative Arts, who include celebrated writers Robert Sullivan, Anne Kennedy, Albert Wendt, Witi Ihimaera, and the winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize, Eleanor Catton, for being shortlisted for the Sarah Broom Poetry Prize.
Not only a poet, she’s spent time as a camel farmer in Austria, she’s been a laughing instructor at a yoga retreat and most recently has focused her work on being an advocate for young people with disabilities in Melbourne. She joins Wallace Chapman to talk about her life and her poetry.
What/ who is a Māori poet? What is Māori poetry? Does Māori ancestry trump Pākehā ancestry? All questions Maraea Rakuraku encounters in discussion with Kiri Piahana-Wong of Anahera Press.
New Zealand poet and recent recipient of the Lauris Edmond award, Michael Harlow talks to Eva Radich.
Ex-pat poet, essayist, fiction writer and editor Alice Miller returns home temporarily from Vienna to take up three writer's residencies in New Zealand and to launch her first poetry collection, The Limits (AUP).
Vincent O'Sullivan (photo by Reg Graham) is one of this country's leading and most prolific writers. He's a poet, short story writer, novelist, biographer, playwright, critic and editor. He is current Poet Laureate.
Vincent O'Sullivan talks to Kathryn Ryan about his work and life.
Louise Wallace, who's never lost for words, remembers how Alzheimer's affected her grandmother in her new collection enough.
Cantabrian Bernadette Hall publishes her latest poetry collection, Life & Customs (VUP).
Selina Tusitala Marsh writes about her mother's death and how it's affected her and her family, in a new poetry collection called Dark Sparring.
John O'Connor discusses his 10th collection of poetry, Aspects of Reality, published by HeadworX.
She talks to Richard Langston about trying to make sense of the world through her playful, slightly subversive poems.
Leilani Tamu 2013 Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer in Residence. Photo supplied.
She was awarded the 2013 Fulbright Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer’s Residency.
Leilani Tamu talks to Kim Hill.
Elizabeth Smither is a librarian, writer, Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2001) and was New Zealand's first female Poet Laureate (2001–2003).
She joins Kathryn Ryan to talk about her life, and 17 collections of poetry, in particular The Blue Coat.
Paula Green is a poet, reviewer, children's author, NZ Book Award judge and anthologist.
Two recent books include 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry (co-written with Harry Ricketts and short-listed for the 2011 NZ Post Book Awards) and Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems (both Random House). She has published two collections for children: Flamingo Bendalingo (AUP) and Macaroni Moon (Random House).
She now runs NZ Poetry Box,a poetry blog aimed at primary and intermediate school pupils, with the aim of passing on her love of poetry.
Paula Green talks to Kathryn Ryan during Nine to Noon.
Outgoing Poet Laureate and soon to be Creative New Zealand's Writer's Resident in Berlin, Ian Wedde, talks about life and The Lifeguard, his new collection of poetry.
Courtney Sina Meredith has quickly made her mark on the New Zealand poetry scene, look out for her first collection Brown Girls in Bright Red Lipstick.
Paula Green has just released her sixth poetry collection for adults, The Baker's Thumbprint, published by Seraph Press.
Eva Radich talks to NZ poet Kate Camp ahead of the launch of her new collection Snow White's Coffin at Wellington's Goethe Institut.
Kate Camp joins Lynne Freeman to discuss her collection Snow White's Coffin, written during a year-long Creative NZ residency in Berlin.
Bernadette Hall reminds us of the work of New Zealand's first female war poet, Lorna Stavely Anker, by bringing together published and previously unseen works in The Judas Tree. It's published by Canterbury University Press.
Ex-pat poet Fleur Adcock CNZM, OBE talks with Lynn Freeman about wills, genealogy and her poetry collection Glass Wings, published by Victoria University Press.
Ben Brown attended Canterbury University and became a writer and poet.
Lyttelton’s Volcano Radio offered Ben his own poetry show. The extraordinary music culture and eclectic vibe of the port town suits him well.
In his poetry, Ben Brown refers to Jake the Muss of Once were Warriors fame. He is crooked from a motorbike accident which paralysed his right arm. He looks wild and has a history of excessive drinking but people listen when he speaks. The Lyttelton poet is respected throughout the country.
Spectrum’s Deborah Nation joins Ben at Samo’s – where he downs seven coffees a day at Te Porthole, and for a live poetry performance at Tommy Changs.
She's kept us waiting at least a decade between poetry collections, so what can we expect from Elizabeth Nannestad's third one, Wild Like Me?
New Zealand writer and poet Brian Turner talks about what makes his spirit soar, and reads some of his poems for us.
First-time published poet Therese Lloyd talks about her collection, Other Animals, which is published by VUP.
John Newton's latest collection is called Family Songbook.
"...how does landscape get its hooks in us? Romantic, hyperbolic, painterly and plot-driven, Family Songbook is New Zealand pastoral in a different key." - published by VUP.
Lynn Freeman talks to John Newton about landscapes...
Poet Sam Hunt on his forthcoming book 'Salt River Songs'.
Fiji-raised, South Auckland poet Darren Kamali is looking forward to a busy new year. Last year he was awarded a Fulbright-Creative New Zealand Pacific Writer's Residency to spend three months in Hawaii and write his second book of poetry.
Reihana Robinson and her poetic love affair with Rona, the woman banished to the moon in Maori mythology.
Octogenarian poet Helen Jacobs whose sixth collection, Dried Figs, reflects on the frustrations and plusses of aging.
It's taken almost 40 years but Christchurch poet Kerrin Sharpe has realised her dream and published her debut poetry collection, Three Days in a Wishing Well.
Albert Wendt, novelist, poet, painter, has been called the father of Pacific writing.
Central Otago poet who has collected more than 100 poems from over 30 years of writing for his new illustrated collection, Elemental: Central Otago Poems.
Auckland Poet Janet Charman won the Book Award for Poetry for Cold Snack four years ago. Her latest collection At The White Coast goes back to her years spent living in Thatcher's England.
International education consultant turned poet whose first collection of poetry is coming out soon. Maris O'Rouke is also the author of children's book 'Lillibutt's Big Adventure', illustrated by Claudia Pond Eyely.
Mary Macpherson is a photographer/poet whose book 'Old New World' is a photographic study of the changing face of small town New Zealand.
Wellington poet Helen Heath reads science-inspired poems from her collection Graft
Poet/Journalist Richard Langston's fifth collection 'Things Lay in Pieces' starts with a sequence about the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake.
Poet and editor Paula Green immersed herself in the language of love to bring together an anthology of 150 New Zealand love poems.
Chris talks to New Zealand's inaugural Poet Laureate, Bill Manhire. In this extended interview he talks to Chris about the creative writing course and his life with words; and he'll read some of his poetry.
Poet and artist who have collaborated on a new exhibition at Page Blackie Gallery.
Wellington poet Janis Freegard talks about and reads from her collection Kingdom Animalia
Judge of the District and Family Courts in Auckland and poet, on his first collection; Briefcase.
Dunedin-based poet Rhian Gallagher's second poetry collection is called Shift and follows her life from growing up on a South Canterbury Farm to living on a London estate to returning home after a long time away.
Poet, fiction writer, critic, essayist and art curator who has just been appointed New Zealand Poet Laureate 2011 - 2013.
Anna Jackson lectures in Children's Literature, Contemporary Fiction, and Poetry and Poetics at Victoria University. Her fifth poetry collection is called 'Thicket'.
2010 Kathlyn Gratton Poetry Award winner Jennifer Compton has focused on disparate urban centres like Palmerston North and Florence in her collection 'This City?.
"The Hill of Wool" is Jenny Bornholdt's tenth book of poems. The former New Zealand Poet Laureate wrote this collection while on a residency.
AUT Philosopher in Residence Ann Kerwin discusses the medieval poet Christine de Pizan and her City of Ladies.
Wellington poet Dinah Hawken's new collection is called 'The Leaf Ride'. It's published by Victoria University Press.
Historian and poet who is pursuing two projects as Waikato University's 2011 writer in residence: a collection of post-earthquake poetry, and a memoir about his father, which he has is currently researching in Japan.
Pukerua Bay poet discusses her new collection Western Line.
NZ Maori Poet and Educator presenting his work and research at conferences in Istanbul, Oxford University and Auckland.
The Pukerua Bay writer is being remembered at an exhibition of his work at Pataka in Porirua.
Charles Browne, patron and best friend of the romantic poet John Keats is buried in Taranaki and that friendship is being marked this weekend in New Plymouth.
Poet and English teacher whose poem, Radiologist's Report, is one of three shortlisted in the international category of Britain's prestigious Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine.
Hinemoana Baker is a poet and musician who's recently returned from an exchange to the University of Iowa's International Writing Programme.
It's often the sad fate of a ground-breaking artist to be appreciated by the critics and ignored by everyone else. Such was the case with Auckland poet Kendrick Smithyman, who published a dozen volumes between 1944 and his death in the nineties. Smithyman freely admitted his work was, complex, demanding and too modern. Self-confessed 'Smithymaniac' Scott Hamilton thinks we may have finally caught up.
Cilla McQueen is New Zealand's poet laureate and winner of this year's Prime Minister Award for Literary Achievement in Poetry. Her eleventh collection is called 'The Radio Room'.
Poems and images from New Zealand farms photography by Stephen Robinson, Graeme Williams is one of the poets featured - he's a farmer and paddock poet. With Graeme Williams and Stephen Robinson.
Our featured writer today is poet Paula Green, who found a new urgency when she was diagnosed with cancer.
Jill Dawson has published six novels and also writes poetry. Her latest novel, The Great Lover, captures the allure of poet Rupert Brooke and his intriguing relationships, in the euphoric period before the First World War, in Cambridge and later in Tahiti. Elizabeth Smither is an award-winning poet who has just published her fifth novel, Lola. With the wisdom and wry humour of maturity, it explores love and death, music and friendship and is set in Australia and New Zealand. Carole Beu is in the chair.
Dunedin Poet Ruth Arnison tries to deliver smiles and some distraction to patients waiting to see their doctors, and residents of nursing homes. She does it with poetry. Poems in the Waiting Room started in the UK more than 10 years ago, and now it's a registered charity here.
Poet Anna Livesy on her first published collection since 2003 when she won a fellowship to study at the Iowa Writers Workshop in the American Midwest.
Kiwi poet Ron Riddell talks about living and working in Colombia, and the 'Arts For Peace' initiative being set up for poets in our two nations.
Susanna Andrew from the New Zealand Book Council nominates poet Geoff Cochrane - his writing has been described as, 'spare in form and precise in language'.
Sam Hunt has worked for 40 years as a full-time poet. His recently published memoir is Backroads: Charting a Poet's Life.
Bub Bridger was a poet and short story who died at her home on 8 December 2009, aged 85. She spoke to Kim in 2005.
Poet, essayist, biographer, editor, angler, cyclist, environmentalist and good keen Otago man.
NZ Author and Poet and one of three recipients of this year's Prime Ministers Literacy Awards.
Poet, curator, and artist Chris Price on how to read a poem.
NZ poet whose cycle 'North and South' will be premiered at the 'Going West Books and Writers Festival' in Titirangi this Friday.
Glen Colquhoun's work of epic poetry, North:South, has been brought to life with the help of Maori and Celtic musicians and has its world premiere this weekend (11-13 September) at the Going West festival in Waitakere. He has recently been awarded funding in the latest Fulbright round to study the relationship between creative writing and medicine.
New Zealand has lost another of it's great poets, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell. Long time friend Sam Hunt shares thoughts on the life of this novelist, playwright and poet.
"A word here and there may imply more than what those words meant to mean"- New Zealand Poet Laureate, Cilla McQueen.
Alistair Te Ariki Campbell's biographer pays tribute to the New Zealand poet, novelist and playwright who passed away yesterday in Wellington.
Canterbury poet David Gregory is back with a new collection of poetry.
After 10 collections of poetry and a CD, Bluff poet Cilla McQueen has been appointed Poet Laureate.
Newly announced 2009-11 New Zealand Poet Laureate.
Auckland curator and writer, who'll be delivering Dunedin's Annual Hocken lecture about Poet, Editor and Art Patron, Charles Brasch.
Chris Price, poet, curator and artist.
Inaugural New Zealand Poet Laureate launching her seventh book 'Mirabile Dictu' at the National Library this week.
Michelle Leggatt, the first official New Zealand Poet Laureate is about to hand her laurels over to someone else.
Broadcast of an hour long discussion with award winning poet and GP, Glenn Colquhoun, recorded at the recent Festival of Colour in Wanaka.
Samoan New Zealand poet and actress, Tusiata Avia speaks to Kathryn about her new book, 'Bloodclot' among other things.
Poet and singer Hinemoana Baker speaks about her views on Waitangi Day and reads some of her latest poetry.
Poet Lewis Scott is in our Wellington studio, he will be treating us to some poetry for Obama in celebration.
Liam Ryan interviews New Zealand poet and author Margaret Mahy, who reads a poem especially written for the interview.
Viv Plumb, playwright, poet and author talks about turning books into plays, and reads some of her poetry.
Timaru Poet, Rhian Gallagher has been awarded a 10 thousand dollar grant from a fund Janet Frame set up to help NZ writers.
The End Of Atlantic City,new poetry from David Beach.
New Zealand Laureate poet Michele Leggott appears at a public event in Wellington tonight.
Poet Kon Kuiper discusses his latest book of poetry , Bounty, published by Canterbury University Press
Poet Karlo Mila and painter Delicia Sampero combine works in the book, A Well Written Body.
Amy Brown is a poet and creative writing editor of the online arts journal , The Lumiere Reader.
Auckland poet Renee Liang shares how influences from her Chinese heritage have influenced her poetry.
Dunedin poet, editor and environmental activist celebrates his third collection, 'In Continents'.
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Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar
- Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It’s that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that’s what the poet does.
- Allen Ginsberg
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
- T.S. Eliot
Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
- Audre Lorde
Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
- Kahlil Gibran
All good poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
- William Wordsworth
There's no money in poetry, but there's no poetry in money, either.
- Robert Graves
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn
- Thomas Gray