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Poetry NZ Yearbook 2018 [Issue #52]



Design by Jo Bailey, Thomas Le Bas and Fay McAlpine /
Typesetting by Kate Barraclough


Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018. ISBN 978-0-9941473-3-2. 360 pp.




Contents:
Jack Ross / Editorial: A Live Tradition / 14-18

FEATURED POET



Jan Kemp: Alistair Paterson (2002)


Alistair Paterson, ONZM / 20

  1. A poem for Thomas Merton & Ernest Hemingway / 23

  2. How to write fiction / 24

  3. Journey to elsewhere / 26

  4. Raison d’être (for Dumont d’Urville) / 28

  5. Rick’s place — maybe ... / 30

  6. Nobody wants to talk about it / 32

  7. Stopping by a cornfield late in the afternoon / 33

  8. Te Kooti’s War / 34

  9. Therapy / 35

  10. The Talisman / 36

  11. The Tannery / 37

  12. The way things are / 38

  13. The valley of the kings / 40

  14. Navigator / 42

  15. Reading Alan Brunton / 43

  16. The Moon and Sixpence / 45

  17. Survival / 47

  18. The Forest of Tane / 48

  19. The Fiddler of Dooney / 49

  20. Eine kleine Nachtmusik (a serenade) / 50

  21. A traveller’s guide to Venice / 51

Jen Webb / Always becoming: A life in poetry — Alistair Paterson with Jen Webb / 52-66



Alistair Paterson
The Depot: Cultural Icons (2017)


NEW POEMS

John Allison / Baudelaire on L’Île Bourbon 1841 / 70

Hamish Ansley / Popular Interpretations of Seven Common Dreams / 71

Ruth Arnison / Trisomy 18 / 73

Stu Bagby / On Reading August Kleinzahler’s Where Souls Go / 74

Tony Beyer / Aftershock / 75

Joy Blair / Sarajevo / 76

Erick Brenstrum / 15 January 1945 / 78

Iain Britton / from Vignettes: Luminous Particles: 9 — paradise seekers / 79

Owen Bullock / a 1 not a 2 / 80

Nicole Cassidy-Koia / I miss you Grandma / 81

Jill Chan / Poetry / 82

Alastair Clarke / Wairarapa, Distance / 83

Jennifer Compton / a rose, and then another / 84

Harold Coutts / there isn’t a manual on when you’re writing someone a love poem and they break up with you / 86

Mary Cresswell / Transparency [a political paradelle] / 87

Brett Cross / sanctuary / 88

Semira Davis / Hiding / 89

Tricia Dearborn / The opposite of forgetting / 90

Doc Drumheller / Dream of a Sunday Afternoon / 91

David Eggleton / Distant Ophir / 92

Johanna Emeney / Favoured Exception / 93

– / Suspicion / 95

Jess Fiebig / Dead Man’s Point / 96

Catherine Fitchett / Lead / 97

Sue Fitchett / The smallness of significant things / 98

Alexandra Fraser / The good daughter / 100

Maryana Garcia / Umbrellas / 101

Callum Gentleman / The Deep / 102

Michael Hall / Towards Evening / 103

Sophia Hardy / Above / 104

Paula Harris / The poet is bearded and wearing his watch around the wrong way / 105

Gail Ingram / Confucius says we should not be too familiar with the lower orders or with women / 106

Susan Jacobs / Two Women Speak / 107

Lincoln Jaques / They Write About Things Like This in Sweden / 108

Tim Jones / Untitled / 110

Sam Keenan / Gauge / 111

Mary Kelly / 3.44 am / 112

Raina Kingsley / Where are my Bones / 113

Gary Langford / The Lake / 114

Katrina Larsen / An Independent Woman / 115

Wes Lee / My Tough Little James Cagney Stance / 116

Henry Ludbrook / The Bar Girl / 117

Olivia Macassey / Late February / 119

Caoimhe McKeogh / this breaking apart of things / 120

Robert McLean / Le Petit Testament d’Alfred Agostinelli / 121

– / Goldfinch and Hawk / 123

Natalie Modrich / Brown / 124

Fardowsa Mohamed / Us / 126

Margaret Moores / Dark Shapes Shimmering / 128

Shereen Asha Murugayah / Phototropism / 129

Heidi North-Bailey / Goodbye, goodbye, this time / 130

Keith Nunes / Around town and out again / 131

Jessamine O Connor / Sea Swimmer after Heart Surgery / 133

Bob Orr / A Woman in Red Slacks / 134

Jacqueline Crompton Ottaway / It’s not often we meet a man like you, Bruce ... / 135

Lilián Pallares / Desidia / 136

– / Apathy [translation by Charles Olsen] / 136

I. K. Paterson-Harkness / It’s what you get for being a monkey / 137

Mark Pirie / 11 Memories of David / 138

Joanna Preston / Leaving / 141

Lindsay Rabbitt / Flowers / 142

Mary Rainsford / Oliver the Ovary / 143

Essa Ranapiri / Gingko / 145

Vaughan Rapatahana / he kōrero ki taku tipuna – a talk with my ancestor / 146

Sahanika Ratnayake / Golden/Privilege / 148

Ron Riddell / Prado Centro / 149

Gillian Roach / What do you do? / 150

Jeremy Roberts / Chatting with the Bums / 153

– / Pure Gefühle / 155

Lisa Samuels / Let me be clear / 156

Emma Shi / billions and billions / 157

Sarah Shirley / Family history / 159

Jane Simpson / Unmarked crib / 160

Ruby Solly / Our pearls are fake and nobody likes us / 161

Laura Solomon / The Sword Swallower’s Lament / 162

Bill Sutton / Billy plays rugby / 164

Richard Taylor / the sad song of the toothless whore / 166

Loren Thomas / Nailhead / 168

Nicola Thorstensen / Spin Doctor / 169

Vivienne Ullrich / Losing the Plot / 170

Roland Vogt / On my watch / 171

Richard von Sturmer / Apostrophia / 172

Janet Wainscott / Occupation / 174

Devon Webb / I Want to Live / 175

Mercedes Webb-Pullman / Island / 177

Robyn Yudana Wellwood / Midnight Phonecalls / 178

Albert Wendt / ANZAC Day / 180

– / Preferences / 181

Sigred Yamit / University / 182

Mark Young / Wittgenstein to Heidegger / 184

ESSAYS

Owen Bullock / All the world is a page: Alistair Paterson’s play for voices / 186-98

Jeanita Cush-Hunter / Dying to matter: In defence of confessional poetry / 199-215

Ted Jenner / i. m. T. E. Hulme, ‘the father of Imagism’ / 216-21

Robert McLean / Arma virumque cano: A reply to Janet Charman / 222-35

Reade Moore / The quiet of boiling oil: The life and poetry of Ellen Conroy / 236-42

REVIEWS

Ella Borrie / Brian Turner - Jane Simpson / 244-48:
  • Brian Turner. Night Fishing. ISBN 9781776560943. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 2016. RRP $25. 96 pp.
  • Jane Simpson. A World Without Maps. ISBN 9781925231373. Carindale, Queensland, Australia: Interactive Press, 2015. RRP $27. viii + 62 pp.

Mary Cresswell / Jeffrey Paparoa Holman - Manifesto Aotearoa - MaryJane Thomson / 249-61:
  • Jeffrey Paparoa Holman. Blood Ties: New and Selected Poems, 1963-2016. ISBN 978-1-927145-88-3. Christchurch: Canterbury University Press, 2017. RRP $25. 168 pp.
  • Manifesto Aotearoa: 101 Political Poems. Ed. Philip Temple & Emma Neale. ISBN 978-0-947522-46-9. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2017. RRP $35. 192 pp.
  • MaryJane Thomson. Songs of the City. ISBN 978-0-473-36566-0. Wellington: HeadworX, 2016. RRP $30. 86 pp.

Hamish Dewe / Charles Olsen - Zero Distance / 262-67:
  • Charles Olsen. Antípodas: Edición bilingüe. ISBN 978-84-945021-7-0. Madrid: Huerga & Fierro Editores, 2016. RRP £14.90. 94 pp.
  • Zero Distance: New Poetry from China. Ed. & trans. Liang Yujing. ISBN 978-0-9987438-2-0. Kāne’ohe, Hawai’i: Tinfish Press, 2017. RRP $US 25. 130 pp.

Johanna Emeney / Lauris Edmond - Sue Wootton / 268-75:
  • Night Burns with a White Fire: The Essential Lauris Edmond. Ed. Frances Edmond & Sue Fitchett. ISBN 978-0-947493-44-8. Wellington: Steele Roberts, 2017. RRP $34.99. 180 pp.
  • Sue Wootton. The Yield. ISBN 978-0-947522-48-3. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2017. RRP $25. 84 pp.

Matthew Harris / Owen Bullock / 276-77:
  • Owen Bullock. River’s Edge. ISBN 978-0-9944565-2-6. Canberra: Recent Work Press, 2016. RRP $AUD 12.95 / $17.95 (international). 88 pp.

Bronwyn Lloyd / Johanna Emeney - Elizabeth Morton / 278-85:
  • Johanna Emeney. Family History. ISBN 978-0-9941378-1-4. Hoopla series. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2017. RRP $25. 74 pp.
  • Elizabeth Morton. Wolf. ISBN 978-0-9941378-2-1. Hoopla series. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2017. RRP $25. 90 pp.

Robert McLean / Ian Wedde - David Howard / 286-91:
  • Ian Wedde. Selected Poems. ISBN 978-1-86940-859-6. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2017. RRP $39.99. 340 pp.
  • David Howard. The Ones Who Keep Quiet. ISBN 978-0-947522-44-5. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2017. RRP $25. 96 pp.

Peri Miller / John Gibb - Liz Breslin / 292-96:
  • John Gibb. Waking by a River of Light. ISBN 978-0-473-38992-5. Lyttelton: Cold Hub Press, 2017. RRP $29.95. 88 pp.
  • Liz Breslin. Alzheimer’s and a Spoon. ISBN 978-0-947522-98-8. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2017. RRP $25. 76 pp.

Elizabeth Morton / Alan Roddick - Michael O’Leary / 297-301:
  • Alan Roddick. Getting It Right: Poems 1968-2015. ISBN 978-1-927322-65-9. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2016. RRP $25. 90 pp.
  • Michael O’Leary. Collected Poems 1981-2016. Ed. Mark Pirie. Introduction by Iain Sharp. ISBN 978-0-473-38831-7. Wellington: HeadworX, 2017. RRP $35. 260 pp.

Jeremy Roberts / Jeffrey Paparoa Holman - Mark Pirie / 302-07:
  • Jeffrey Paparoa Holman. Dylan Junkie. ISBN 978-0-9941378-0-7. Hoopla series. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2017. RRP $25. 54 pp.
  • Mark Pirie. Rock & Roll: Selected Poems in Five Sets. ISBN 978-0-9941861-2-6. Bareknuckle Poets Pocket Series. Brisbane, Australia: Bareknuckle Books, 2016. RRP $30. 156 pp.

Jack Ross / Ted Jenner - Jeremy Roberts - Laura Solomon - A TransPacific Poetics / 308-19:
  • Ted Jenner. The Arrow That Missed. ISBN 978-0-473-39818-7. Lyttelton: Cold Hub Press, 2017. RRP $19.95. 52 pp.
  • Jeremy Roberts. Cards on the Table. ISBN 978-1-925231-11-3. Carindale, Queensland, Australia: Interactive Press, 2015. RRP $29. 158 pp.
  • Laura Solomon. Frida Kahlo’s Cry and Other Poems. ISBN 978-988-8167-38-8. Hong Kong: Proverse Hong Kong, 2015. $38.59. 48 pp.
  • A TransPacific Poetics. Ed. Lisa Samuels and Sawako Nakayasu. ISBN 978-1933959320. Brooklyn, NY: Litmus Press, 2017. RRP $30.00. vi + 198 pp.

Laura Solomon / Victor Billot - Lisa Samuels / 320-22:
  • Victor Billot. Ambient Terror. ISBN 978-0-473-37064-0. Dunedin: Limestone Singularity Media, 2017. RRP $19.99. 82 pp.
  • Lisa Samuels. Symphony for Human Transport. ISBN 978-1-84861-547-2. Bristol: Shearsman Books Ltd., 2017. RRP $21.95. 76 pp.

Richard Taylor / 5 6 7 8 - Brentley Frazer / 323-30:
  • Monica Carroll, Jen Crawford, Owen Bullock & Shane Strange. 5 6 7 8. ISBN 9780994456533. Canberra, Australia: Recent Work Press, 2016. RRP $AU 17.95. 76 pp.
  • Brentley Frazer. Aboriginal to Nowhere: New Poems. ISBN 978-0-473-36567-7. Wellington: HeadworX, 2016. RRP $25. 88 pp.

BOOKS & MAGAZINES IN BRIEF

Jack Ross / 332-36:
  1. Mary Cresswell. Field Notes. ISBN 978-0-9941379-5-1. Submarine. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2017. RRP $25. 68 pp.
  2. Claudio Pasi. Observations: Poems / Osservazione: Poesie. Trans. Tim Smith & Marco Sonzogni. ISBN 978-0-9941345-4-7. Seraph Press Translation Series No. 2. Wellington: Seraph Press, 2016. RRP $25. 40 pp.
  3. Shipwrecks/Shelters: Six Contemporary Greek Poets / Ναυάγια/Καταφύγια: Έξι Σύγχρονοι Έλληνες Ποιητές. With Lena Kallergi, Theodore Chiotis, Phoebe Giannisi, Patricia Kolaiti, Vassilis Amanatidis & Katerina Iliopoulou. Ed. & trans. Vana Manasiadis. ISBN 978-0-9941345-4-7. Seraph Press Translation Series No. 1. Wellington: Seraph Press, 2016. RRP $25. 40 pp.
  4. Signals: A Literary Journal 5. Ed. Ros Ali & Johanna Emeney. ISBN 978-0-473-37760-1. Devonport: Michael King Writers’ Centre, 2016. 110 pp.
  5. Karen Zelas. The Trials of Minnie Dean: A Verse Biography. ISBN 978-0-9941299-9-4. Submarine. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2017. RRP $25. 196 pp.

ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS / 337-54

ABOUT POETRY NEW ZEALAND / 355-57






Samples:

Massey University Press

Poetry New Zealand Index

Poetry New Zealand Website




Reviews & Comments:

  1. Nicola Legat, Massey University Press website:

    Terrific new New Zealand poetry

    Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, this country’s longest-running poetry magazine, showcases new writing from New Zealand and overseas. It presents the work of talented newcomers as well as that of established voices.

    This issue features the winning entries of the Poetry New Zealand competition, as well as over 100 new poems by writers including Albert Wendt, David Eggleton, Johanna Emeney and Bob Orr. Issue #52 also features essays by Owen Bullock, Jeanita Cush-Hunter, Ted Jenner, Robert McLean and Reade Moore, and reviews of 33 new poetry collections.

    Continually in print since 1951, when it was established by leading poet Louis Johnson, this annual collection of new poetry, reviews and poetics discussion is the ideal way to catch up with the latest poetry from established and emerging New Zealand poets.

    CATEGORY: Creative arts
    ISBN: 978-0-9941473-3-2
    ESBN: N/A
    PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
    IMPRINT: Massey University Press
    PUBLISHED: 12/03/2018
    PAGE EXTENT: 360
    FORMAT: Soft cover

  2. Nicola Legat, "Title Info Sheet." Massey University Press website:

    Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018

    EDITED BY JACK ROSS
    $35
    CATEGORY: NZ literature
    ISBN: 978-0-9941473-3-2
    BIC: DCQ, DSC
    BISAC: P0E010000, LCO005000 PUBLISHER: Massey University Press IMPRINT: Massey University Press
    PUBLISHED: March 2018
    PAGE EXTENT: 360
    FORMAT: Limpbound
    RIGHTS: World
    SIZE: 200mm x 145mm

    TERRIFIC NEW NEW ZEALAND POETRY

    Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, this country’s longest-running poetry magazine, showcases new writing from New Zealand and overseas. It presents the work of talented newcomers as well as that of established voices.

    Issue #52 features 130 new poems, including work by featured poet Alistair Paterson, essays, and reviews of 30 new poetry collections. Continually in print since 1951, when it was established by leading poet Louis Johnson, this annual collection of new poetry, reviews and poetics discussion is the ideal way to catch up with the latest poetry from established and emerging New Zealand poets.

    Praise for the 2017 edition:

    Poetry New Zealand Yearbook, in its revitalised form, and as a hub for poetry conversations, is now an essential destination for poetry fans.’ — Paula Green, Sunday Star-Times

    ‘This belongs in the section of your bookcase you’ve set aside for quiet little miracles that we can only be grateful are still part of our literary life.’ — Paul Little, North & South

    ‘. . . one of the best New Zealand literary journals around.’ — Siobhan Harvey, New Zealand Herald

    ABOUT THE EDITOR

    Dr Jack Ross is a senior lecturer in creative writing at Massey University’s Albany campus. He is the author of five books of poems, including City of Strange Brunettes (1998), Chantal’s Book (2002), To Terezin (2007), Celanie (2012), and A Clearer View of the Hinterland (2014), as well as three novels, a novella, and two collections of short fiction. He has edited a number of books and literary magazines, including (from 2014) Poetry New Zealand Yearbook.

    SALES POINTS

    • Annually anticipated collection of lively new work
    • Attractive cover and printing offers wide appeal
    • The poetry market is dependable
    • A book for the serious poetry fan but also ideal for gift-giving

    PRINTABLE A3 POSTER AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST

    Massey University Press
    Albany Campus
    Private Bag 102904
    North Shore 0745
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Email editor@masseypress.ac.nz
    Phone +64 9 213 6886
    www.masseypress.ac.nz

    Media contact: Sarah Thornton, Thornton Communications
    Email sarah.thornton@prcomms.com
    Phone (09) 479 8763 or 021 753744

  3. Jesse Mulligan, "1-4." 2018 New Zealand Poetry Yearbook (Wednesday 14 March 2018):



    The upcoming 2018 Poetry Yearbook includes 130 new poems from 87 poets. It has a skew for 2018 towards younger writers including those who are still in their teens. It also features the 2018 Poetry Prize Winner's work. That was won by an Otago University Medical student, Fardowsa Mohamed. The Yearbook's editor Jack Ross talks to Jesse about the quality of this year's book and the talent of the country's younger poets.

    Duration:  7′ 49″

  4. Jesse Mulligan, "Short Story Club." Us, by Fardowsa Mahomed (Thursday 15 March 2018):



    Every Thursday after 3pm Jesse and a guest discuss a New Zealand short story, and read feedback from listeners.

    On Thursday 15th March we will discuss the poem Us, by Fardowsa Mohamed.

  5. Bryan Walpert, "Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018 launched at Devonport Library." Massey University Press (21 March 2018):

    I said poetry is a particularly conscious attention to language. There are so many wonderful engagements with language in this issue — attention to image and sound and connotation and figure and form. But what strikes me most is the variety on offer here — tight lyric poems, long prose poems, poems of intimacy and distance, poems of New Zealand and abroad.

    The work they do, too, is of striking variety. These poems partake, in endlessly new ways, of the traditional work of the lyric poem. There are the poems of love, such as Bob Orr’s ‘A Woman in Red Slacks’, a poem I was so taken with I retyped it and sent it to someone; elegies, as in Mark Pirie’s ‘11 Memories of David’; and poems that move from strict elegy to the broader elegiac — surely poetry’s natural state — as in Heidi North’s ‘Goodbye, Goodbye This Time’.

    ...

    Such variety suggests the broad taste and aesthetic pluralism of its editor. This is not, as in many anthologies, a strict record of the editor’s taste or dare I suggest it, friendships — but, rather, a clear effort to capture the diversity of New Zealand poems and thoughts on poems at the present moment.

  6. Genevieve Westcott, "Massey University Press publishes 'Poetry New Zealand Yearbook'." Massey University (21 March 2018):

    Proudly published by Massey University Press, Issue #52 of Poetry New Zealand Yearbook features 130 new poems by 87 poets, including Alistair Paterson, Jennifer Compton, David Eggleton, Sue Fitchett, Ted Jenner, Bob Orr, Albert Wendt and Mark Young.

    “More than 300 submissions were received for this issue, making the selection particularly difficult,” says editor Jack Ross. There are also six essays and reviews of 30 new poetry collections.

    Issue #52 is notable for a skew towards younger writers, some still in their teens. This issue also publishes the three winning entries in the 2018 Poetry New Zealand Poetry Prize. Claiming first prize is University of Otago medical student Fardowsa Mohamed; Semira Davis from north of Wellington takes second prize; and Nelson-based poet Henry Ludbrook receives third prize.

  7. Laine Moger, "Poetry alive and in progress: Poetry NZ Yearbook 2018 published." Stuff: Entertainment (22 March 2018):

    Alistair Paterson was the featured poet of the book, and esteemed guest at the launch. For many poets reading at the event, it was Paterson who gave them their first published poem.

    He was the previous editor before publishers Massey University Press, for 20 years from 1994 to 2014, and one of his poems was published in the very first publication in 1951.

    But Paterson said he was humbled by the poets and flattered Ross had published his poetry in the book.

    "I am still learning my craft and learning it from the poets of today," Paterson said.

    The privilege was not given by the poet, rather it was the reader who privileges the poet, he added.

    Paterson said the poetry in this book was as good as any one could find overseas in US or Britain.

    Yearbook editor Jack Ross said the variety and diversity of form in the book was a way to "gauge the temperature" of poetry.

    Issue 52 of the yearbook features 130 new poems by 87 poets. The poetry yearbook has been continuously published since 1951.

  8. Victor Billot, "Ambient Terror reviewed in New Zealand Poetry Yearbook 2018." Victor Billot: Southern Hemisphere (11 March 2018):

    The writer Laura Solomon has written a very generous review of Ambient Terror for the just released Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018.

    Published by Massey University Press and edited by Jack Ross, the revamped magazine also features a wide range of work from New Zealand poets including a substantial feature on the work of Alastair Paterson, and a very wide range of established and less known poets, along with reviews and essays.

    I’ve reproduced the review in full below (as you don’t get your tyres pumped up like this everyday), but I urge readers to purchase a copy of the Yearbook.

  9. Paula Green, "Poetry Shelf Review: Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018." NZ Poetry Shelf (10 April 2018):

    Editor Jack Ross has achieved degrees of diversity within the 2018 issue and I also see a poetry family evolving. How many of these poets have appeared in Landfall or Sport, for example? A number of the poets have a history of publication but few with the university presses.

    This feels like a good thing. We need organic communities that are embracing different voices and resisting poetry hierarchies.

    Poetry NZ Yearbook Annual offers a generous serving of poems (poets in alphabetical order so you get random juxtapositions), reviews and a featured poet (this time Alistair Paterson). It has stuck to this formula for decades and it works.

    What I enjoyed about the latest issue is the list of poets I began to assemble that I want a book from. Some I have never heard of and some are old favourites.

  10. "Three poems from Poetry NZ Yearbook 2018." ARTicle Magazine (28 April 2018):

    Edited by Jack Ross and published by Massey University Press, Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018 features 130 new poems by 87 poets.

    Joanna Preston is a Tasmanaut poet, editor and freelance creative writing tutor. Her first collection, The Summer King (Otago University Press, 2009), won both the 2008 Kathleen Grattan Award for Poetry and the 2010 Mary Gilmore Prize.

    Sam Keenan lives in Wellington. She was the winner of the 2014 Story Inc. Prize for Poetry, and she has an MA with distinction from the International Institute of Modern Letters. Her work has been published in Landfall and Cordite.

    Tricia Dearborn has been widely published in Australian literary journals including Meanjin, Southerly, Island Magazine and Westerly, as well as in the UK, the US and Ireland. Her work is represented in anthologies including Contemporary Australian Poetry, Australian Poetry Since 1788 and The Best Australian Poems. Her latest collection is The Ringing World (Puncher & Wattmann, 2012). She was recently awarded an Australia Council grant to complete a third collection.





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