KIN’s third major poetry prize has been awarded to Paraparaumu poet Sue Byford for her poem ‘Pohutukawa.’
The prize comprised $50 of book tokens from KIN and a PaperPlus present of a
‘Book of the Month.’
‘Writing poetry for as long as I can remember’
Sue says: “I have been writing poetry for as long as I can remember, from my time at junior school. Now my writings seem to fall into categories: the UK, NZ, friends and family, this and that, protest and politics.”
Sue came to NZ from Cheshire in the UK in 1966 after a two and a-half years stint in Australia. She married a New Zealander in Cairns, Australia, and then they moved to New Zealand.
In 2017, she won the District Libraries Annual Poetry Competition. She says: “The style was ‘Haiku’, and I really enjoyed developing this new form of writing.”
Summing up, Sue adds: “Poetry is the most concise way of expression in relating stories. I’ve mostly found beauty in poetry, it speaks to my heart when reading it, and is (mostly) a release to my heart when I write it.”
Sue Byford’s winning Poem, ‘Pohutukawa’
flowers blaze brilliantly
but not in Paradise.
lies blood red in the gutters
but not in Yemen
a seasonal messenger
of how blessed we are.