24 Apr 2022

Poet Erik Kennedy - real life and other puzzles

From Standing Room Only, 2:25 pm on 24 April 2022
Erik Kennedy

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In Erik Kennedy's second poetry collection, Another Beautiful Day Indoors, he pinpoints both the weirdnesses of contemporary life but also many harsh realities we can't afford to ignore.

The Ōtautahi Christchurch poet is a master at titles.  "The Please Stop Killing Us and Destroying Everything That Sustains Us Society", "Nineteenth-Century Rural Road-Builders" and "Notes Towards a Definition of Essential Work"...  Erik covers a lot of ground.

Even the poems that are technically magic realism feel uncomfortably within the realm of possibility.

As he tells Lynn Freeman, many address one of the issues that most concerns him - climate change.

Another Beautiful Day Indoors by Erik Kennedy is published by Te Herenga Waka Press.