Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2019. ISBN 978-0-9951029-6-5. 344 pp.
Jack Ross / Editorial: What makes a poem good? / 14-20
Stephanie Christie / 22
- Microchasm / 26
- Crossing the Park / 28
- Unfinished Objects / 29
- Amethyst / 31
- -OH / 32
- Mag[net]ic / 38
- Flow(n / 40
- Clod / 42
- Krisis. / 44
- Poverty Mentality / 46
- FleshselF / 48
- SQWANDER / 50
- Nix / 52
- Madeness / 55
- Stephen Hawking’s Dead / 58
- Mall Song / 59
- Parachute / 61
- Felt calculus / 63
- Bode / 64
Jack Ross / An Interview with Stephanie Christie / 68-74
Stephanie Christie: Aubade (2013)
Gary Allen / The God complex / 76
John Allison / Die Luft hier in Laft … / 77
Aimee-Jane Anderson-O’Connor / Mice / 78
Miguel Ángel Arcas / Finales de los sesenta / 79
– / The End of the Sixties [translation by Charles Olsen] / 80
Shelley Arlidge / Albatross / 81
Stu Bagby / Who is it who remembers? / 82
Tony Beyer / The Globe / 83
Victor Billot / So as not to wake / 85
Benjamin Blake / Lost Recordings / 86
Cindy Botha / My Mother’s Hands, Mine / 87
Mark Broatch / Kererū / 89
Steve Brock / Humble Wine / 90
Owen Bullock / not knowing / 91
Chris Cantillon / Truckdriver / 92
Marisa Cappetta / Homeless like bones / 93
Mariana Collette / DNA / 94
Rose Collins / the Port Hills hare considers rock fall risk / 96
Jennifer Compton / Cat Sitting in Brunswick East / 97
E J Doyle / Inheritance / 98
Rachael Elliott / Wheel / 99
Johanna Emeney / RLSV / 101
Bonnie Etherington / Catcall on Oakton Street / 103
Mike Evans / Impermanence / 104
Rachel J Fenton / Break / 105
Jess Fiebig / morning after / 107
Sue Fitchett / I, robot / 108
Katie Fitzpatrick / Confession / 109
Dara Flaws / Dad / 110
Alexandra Fraser / Piha night / 112
Kim Fulton / This is it, Ruahine Range / 113
Ruth Hanover / The Oranges / 115
Paula Harris / I will go on tour and read my poetry all over the world / 116
Jenna Heller / tanka / 118
Sara Hirsch / Nocturnal / 119
Joy Holley / Twenty / 121
Alice Hooton / Lover / 122
Amanda Hunt / Family Skeletons / 123
Gail Ingram / Morning flight / 124
Ross Jackson / The exit / 125
Adrienne Jansen / The children in the dark canoe / 126
Lincoln Jaques / The Things He Left Behind / 127
Annie Tuarau Jones / For My Sister / 129
Robert Kempen / Hey, what is going on / 130
Paula King / The Square / 132
Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod / The Daughter Goes To Hospital By Car / 133
Katrina Larsen / Life is Like a Bag of Cats / 134
Jessica Le Bas / Near Blind Channel / 135
Wes Lee / By the Lapels / 137
Michele Leggott / the wedding party / 138
Izzy Lomax-Sawyers / Pre-loved / 141
Olivia L. M. / The harrowing ... / 142
Victoria McArthur / Self Portrait / 143
Olivia Macassey / Elephants / 145
Isabelle McNeur / Moss / 146
– / Happy Parents under the Microscope / 147
Mary Macpherson / On being unwilling to click ‘I forgot my password’ / 149
D. S. Maolalai / Raspberries / 150
Ria Masae / Children’s Eyes / 152
Layal Moore / Two / 154
Margaret Moores / Black and white / 155
Martha Morseth / The street / 156
Fraser Munro / Paper bags don’t have feelings / 157
Emma Neale / The TastiTM Taste Guarantee / 158
– / Affidavit / 160
Keith Nunes / In the bookshop uttering / 162
Stephen Oliver / Protocols / 164
Bob Orr / The Vegas Girl / 166
Hayden Pyke / Danger is my Family Name / 167
essa may ranapiri / Gallows / 168
Vaughan Rapatahana / Rangiaowhia, 1864 / 169
– / ngā rākau / 171
Ron Riddell / Remains of the Day / 172
Gillian Roach / The Object Disappeared / 173
Fiona Roberton / Chinese medicine / 174
Jeremy Roberts / A Movie Ticket & a Little Bit of Philosophy / 175
Siobhan Rosenthal / Whanau / 176
Dadon Rowell / Lily Bennett / 177
Sigune Schnabel / Grenzland / 178
– / Borderland [translation by Simon Lèbe] / 179
Sarah Shirley / Long lie / 180
Tracey Slaughter / mostly a/b/c/d / 181
– / archaeological / 183
Barry Smith / Arrival / 184
Ian C. Smith / Remembering Willie Pep / 185
Lauren J. Smith / you never know what’s on the other side / 186
Elizabeth Smither / Ten conductors / 187
– / Strange dream / 188
Stephen Smithyman / My Father and the Poplar Tree, 1979 / 189
John Tarlton / On Sabbatical / 190
Loren Thomas / Friends / 191
Tybalt / intimacy is a sick puppy / 192
Bryan Walpert / from Micrographia: Of the Bookworm / 193
– / Of the pores of bodies / 195
Laura Williamson / Wrong turn on the Hump Ridge Track / 196
Sue Wootton / from Typewriter songs: Anywhen / 198
– / Olivetti / 199
Sigred Yamit / Sweater / 200
Grace Yee / for the good husband / 201
Mark Young / Concerning / 203
Zuo You / I accepted his apologies (translation by Yi Zhe) / 204
Poetry New Zealand poetry prize:
First prize ($500)
Wes Lee / The Things She Remembers #1 / 206
Second prize ($300):
Brett Gartrell / After the principal calls / 210
Third prize ($200):
Natalie Modrich / Retail / 213
Poetry New Zealand Yearbook student poetry competition
First prize (Year 11):
Aigagalefili Fepulea'i-Tapua'i / 275 Love Letters to Southside / 214
First prize (Year 12):
Kathryn Briggs / Earth is a Star to Someone / 217
First prize (Year 13):
Amberleigh Rose / Snake’s Tongue / 218
Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod / Telling without Looking / 222-33
Jessica Pawley / Dreaming of Death: The Hangover of History in Derek Walcott’s ‘The Schooner Flight’ / 234-46
Erena Shingade / A Buddhist Hermitage on Great Barrier Island: Richard von Sturmer’s Suchness / 247-60
Ella Borrie / Owen Bullock / 262-64:
- Owen Bullock. semi. Glebe, NSW: Puncher & Wattmann, 2017. RRP $AU 25.00. 126 pp.
Mary Cresswell / Anna Jackson - Marlène Tissot - Tātai Whetū - Majella Cullinane / 265-70:
- Anna Jackson. Dear Tombs, Dear Horizon. Limited edition of 200 copies. Wellington: Seraph Press, 2017. RRP $20. 24 pp.
- Marlène Tissot. Last stop before insomnia / dernier arrêt avant l’insomnie. Trans. Anna Jackson & Geneviève Chevallier. Seraph Press Translation Series No. 3. Wellington: Seraph Press, 2017. RRP $20. 40 pp.
- Tātai Whetū: Seven Māori Women Poets in Translation. Ed. & trans. Maraea Rakuraku & Vana Manasiadis. Seraph Press Translation Series No. 4. Wellington: Seraph Press, 2018. RRP $20. 40 pp.
- Majella Cullinane. Whisper of a Crow’s Wing. ISBN 978-1-98-853122-9. Dunedin: Otago University Press / Ireland: Salmon Press, 2018. RRP $27.50. 88 pp.
Rachael Elliott / Rogelio Guedea - Jan Fitzgerald / 271-74:
- Rogelio Guedea. Punctuation. Trans. Roger Hickin. Lyttelton: Cold Hub Press, 2017. RRP $25.00. 48 pp.
- Jan Fitzgerald. Wayfinder: New & Selected Poems. Wellington: Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2017. RRP $24.99. 64 pp.
Johanna Emeney / Michele Leggott / 275-78:
- Michele Leggott. Vanishing Points. Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2017. RRP $27.99. 132 pp.
Matthew Harris / Mark Pirie / 279-82:
- Boots: A Selection of Football Poetry 1890-2017. Ed. Mark Pirie. Wellington: HeadworX, 2017. RRP $30. 102 pp.
- Mark Pirie. Sidelights: Rugby Poems. Wellington: HeadworX, 2017. RRP $20. 80 pp.
Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod / Jenny Powell - Damian Ruth - Mercedes Webb-Pullman / 283-88:
- Jenny Powell. South D Poet Lorikeet. Lyttelton: Cold Hub Press, 2017. RRP $29.95. 88 pp.
- Damian Ruth. On Edge. Wellington: HeadworX, 2017. RRP $30. 134 pp.
- Mercedes Webb-Pullman. Track Tales. Magill, South Australia: Truth Serum Press, 2017. RRP $Aus 11.00. 118 pp.
Bronwyn Lloyd / John Howell - Annabel Wilson / 289-96:
- John Howell. Homeless. Submarine. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2017. RRP $25.00. 68 pp.
- Annabel Wilson. Aspiring Daybook: The Diary of Elsie Winslow. Submarine. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2018. RRP $25.00. 128 pp.
Elizabeth Morton / Michael Steven - Tony Beyer / 297-302:
- Michael Steven. Walking to Jutland Street. Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2018. RRP $27.50. 88 pp.
- Tony Beyer. Anchor Stone. ISBN 978-0-473-341104-6. Lyttelton: Cold Hub Press, 2017. RRP $39.95. 166 pp.
Jack Ross / Dan Davin - Alistair Paterson - Johanna Emeney / 303-13:
- Dan Davin. A Field Officer’s Notebook: Selected Poems. Ed. Robert McLean. Lyttelton: Cold Hub Press, 2018. RRP $29.95. 82 pp.
- Alistair Paterson. Passant: A Journey to Elsewhere. London: Austin Macauley Publishers, 2017. RRP £8.39. 302 pp.
- Johanna Emeney. The Rise of Autobiographical Medical Poetry and the Medical Humanities. Studies in World Literature, 5. Stuttgart: ibidem-Verlag, 2018. RRP €29.90. 264 pp.
Richard Taylor / Keith Westwater - Peter Rawnsley / 314-20:
- Keith Westwater. No One Home: A Boyhood Memoir in Letters and Poems. Submarine. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2018. RRP $25.00. 88 pp.
- Peter Rawnsley. Light Cones. Submarine. Wellington: Mākaro Press, 2018. RRP $25.00. 74 pp.
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS / 322-40
ABOUT POETRY NEW ZEALAND / 342-43
Reviews & Comments:
- Nicola Legat, Massey University Press website:
A dose of 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 #53 features 130 new poems — including work by this year’s featured poet, Stephanie Christie — 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:
‘It’s all too easy to look around at naked bachelors marrying at first sight, and clowns clowning where current affairs used to be, and despair about the state of the world and the taste of the people in it. But then, the Poetry Yearbook turns up again, to show there is still room for sophistication and quality at a reasonable price.’ — Paul Little, North & SouthFor a full list of the poets featured in this year’s edition and to read the introduction, click here.
CATEGORY: Creative arts
PUBLISHER: Massey University Press
IMPRINT: Massey University Press
PAGE EXTENT: 344
FORMAT: Soft cover
- Jesse Mulligan, "1-4." Celebrating New Zealand Poetry (Monday 11 March 2019):
Poetry New Zealand Yearbook's 2019 edition is out now, focusing on Hamilton poet Stephanie Christie, and containing more than 120 poems.
The country's longest-running poetry journal also features the work of young kiwi poets, winners of the inaugural competition for high school students.
Dr Jack Ross, senior lecturer at Massey University and managing editor of Poetry New Zealand, joins us now to give us a taste of what's in the yearbook.
Duration: 12′ 17″
- Jennifer Little, "New Poetry NZ Yearbook moves in many ways." Voxy.co.nz (Wednesday 13 March 2019):
"I feel the most proud of this volume," says Dr Ross, of the fifth consecutive edition of the Poetry New Zealand Yearbook he has edited, not including one as a guest editor some years ago.
He says in the book’s introduction, What makes a poem good?, that being moved emotionally has increasingly become his sense of a successful poem, which may be about something funny, or painful or revealing. "It’s not that I sit here boo-hooing as I read through all the submissions for each issue - but every now and then something in one of them sits up and looks alive, persuades me that something is being worked out here that might be relevant to others simply because it seems so relevant to me."
Mostly, he hopes the book will help to make poetry more visible, more accessible and maybe ignite new interest among a wider, more culturally diverse audience. This edition is his last as editor for the time being - he is handing the editorial reins for the next issue over to Dr Johanna Emeney, a published poet and creative writing lecturer at Massey. He is hoping to be able to devote more time to working on his own writing, with a project in the pipeline to explore his longheld fascination about ghost stories and the psychology behind them.
- Jennifer Little, "New Poetry NZ Yearbook moves in many ways." Massey News (Wednesday 13 March 2019):
Stephanie Christie (5/3/19)
Dr Ross, a poet, editor and senior lecturer in the School of English and Media Studies at Massey’s Albany campus, says the task of sifting through over a thousand submissions to choose 130 for the book is formidable as well as a tremendous privilege. Always with an ear tuned for fresh and challenging new voices and views, he has mustered a bracing array of poetry from a diverse set of writers.
From modern probes into religion, romance, love, death and loss to the inner lives of a retail worker, a refugee, a doctor, a drunk – the eclectic mix offers poems in a multitude of forms, including prose pieces. As well as captivating lines by emerging poets there is new work by some of the country’s most respected names, such as New Zealand’s inaugural Poet Laureate Michele Leggott, along with Elizabeth Smither, Emma Neale and Bob Orr. There are dual-text poems too, in Chinese, German, Spanish and te reo Māori, as well as 20 poems and an interview with featured Hamilton poet Stephanie Christie.
Fardowsa Mohamed (5/3/19)
Michele Leggott (5/3/19)
- Paula Green, "Poetry Shelf review: Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2019." NZ Poetry Shelf (26 March 2019):
Poetry New Zealand Yearbook always offers a substantial selection of poetry. This issue includes essays, reviews and the results of two poetry competitions, along with poems from new and established poets. I started reading the issue – I always dip and dive into literary journals – and made notes, gathering the poems that ‘spoke to me’. But then I hit the rest button and realised I was running on empty post big project. I have lain on a couch for a week and stared at the sky and after the horrendous terrorist event in Christchurch everything feels different. Because everything must be different. What happens when I pick up this journal again with a raucous bust-up of questions in my head: How to live? How to speak? How to connect? How to write a poem? How to run a blog? How to widen us and make room for past, present and future, to celebrate the good things and challenge the rest?
I picked up Poetry New Zealand again and started at the first page. No dipping and diving. Just tracking an alphabet of voices and letting poetry work its magic.