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An Aotearoa Affair #1: Crossings

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Poetry Unplugged

I visited the Poetry Cafe last night to take part in Poetry Unplugged, their open mike evening. I read “shell” and “Pasifika Queen Mab”, over-running my slot to my shame!

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Reading at the Thirsty Dog, Auckland

Poetry Live has regular performances and open mike at theThirsty Dog on the K. Road in Auckland. Tuesday 30th August was the launch of the 4th collection of poetry read at Poetry live. I read two poems, “Amelia” which is … Continue reading

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Individuation / Assimilation

>Language>Place Blog Carnival edition #9: individuation/assimilation features the blog entry Pasifica Queen Mab as one of the exhibits. I have found great delight in exhibits in the various blog carnivals – if you have not visited one before, take the chance when … Continue reading

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in the cinema stalls watching

I saw that distant look in your eyesthe type that says you are concentrating but not concentratingon the screenand I leaned over to say but You saidit is always the same in these moviestwo people meetthey strike an unlikely partnershipit … Continue reading

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Pasifika Queen Mab and symmetry

The first stanza of Pasifika Queen Mab is phrased to reflect the last stanza, or perhaps the other way round, as does the “densely sweetened perfume” and “heavy musk”. The symmetry this imposes on the poem is an important concept in … Continue reading

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Pasifika Queen Mab

Pasifika Queen Mab is a dichotomy poem. It deals with two different worlds, the world of the quintessential English transposed into the world of the New Zealand bush. In some ways it is a poem about immigration, but not intentionally. … Continue reading

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