Late August: A Big Time For Poetry!

Gill Ward says Poetry time approaching! To get you in the mood…

Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day

#NZPoetryDay announces its largest ever celebration of poetry today, with more than 135 events programmed to take place around New Zealand.

Held annually on the fourth Friday in August, National Poetry Day sees award-winning poets join poetry enthusiasts from all over the country in a marathon programme of poetry readings, performances, workshops and competitions.

On August 24, poetry will be making news – and noise – in dozens of cities, towns and rural areas across New Zealand.

Poetry everywhere!

Expect to encounter poetry in expected and unusual places –

  • on public transport, street posters and footpaths;
  • in cafés, bars, bookshops, and libraries;
  • at schools, university campuses and retirement villages
  • at marae, theatres and community centres.

Check online and in news papers for details of various event and venues.

The Kapiti scene

Anna Jackson

Up here in Kapiti there is much going on too. Paraparaumu Library is having a poetry night with an open mic and will be announcing the winner of their haiku poetry competition on August 24 from 5.30 to 6.30 (which is National Poetry day).

At High Tide Café on our usual Sunday afternoon Poets to the People in National Poetry week we will host Anna Jackson as our guest poet (look for the poster in the library and local notice boards). Anna is a well known Wellington poet with a new collection of poetry (she has published seven collections!). She is also reading on Monday 13th August at the lunchtime (free) winter readings presented by Victoria University of Wellington at Te Papa. This maybe too late to tell you but it will serve to illustrate her standing in the NZ poetry community.

We’ll be having a pin board up (I’ve done this in several cafes over the years) with pens and strips of paper for anyone to add a line to a poem we will all write. Fun! I put a first line on and it’s amazing to see what people come up with.

I use a line from a published poem. Also look out for little bowls of poems in our cafes.

They are there to take away so if you know a café who would like a bowl of ‘Takeaway Poems’  email me note the two ii s in gillii (you know like two eyes).

It’s great to see that Rikki Livermore aka RikTheMost will be performing Poetry at St. Peters Hall in Paekakariki on Friday 17 August at 7.30 pm.

Entry is a suggested donation of $10 – sounds like a bargain to me. Mark your calendars. With National poetry day in mind I recalled a poem by Mark Strand, a famous American poet. Here’s the first verse. I don’t want to infringe on copy- right but this much is OK and you will find the poem online. You can also hear an audio of Mark reading the poem.

Eating Poetry

Ink runs from the corners of my mouth.

There is no happiness like mine.

I have been eating poetry.

I will leave the news of the K.I.N. Poetry competition for the judges and panel to report on but I will say they are pleased with the response and variety of the poems submitted. I kept well way from the judging as, although they were judged anonymously, I would have been sure to have recognised styles because I have heard so many of you read you poems over the last 12 years.

One last quote which made me laugh a lot. It was in a recent New Yorker.

To absorb as many new ideas as possible. I read one letter every night before bed. Sam Weiner

Remember what Dylan Thomas said:

The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it.


To absorb as many new ideas as possible, I read one letter of a book every night before bed.

Sam Weiner


Remember what Dylan Thomas said:

The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it.



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