Lindsay Rabbitt Is Our Poet Of The Week

Many people in Kāpiti and New Zealand know our local writer, poet, photographer, essayist and
performer Lindsay Rabbitt, says Gill Ward.

His reviews, arts journalism, essays and poetry have appeared in a wide range of publications, including the NZ Listener, the Dominion Post, Landfall Journal,
Landfall Review Online and Poetry New Zealand Yearbook. 

He performs his poems with the spoken word/song outfit Waiata and the Word
Prayers for the Living and Dead

Lindsay launched his new Poetry Collection Prayers for the Living and Dead in October last
year.. . It is on sale from his website  and Michael O’Leary’s Bookshop,
Puka Puka, at Paekakariki Railway Station.

It can also be borrowed from two of the KāpitiLibraries. Unity Books may still have copies. It’s a book worth having. Believe me.

Hamesh Wyatt reviews recently published works of poetry for the Otago Daily Times. Here is
part of his review of Lindsay’s collection:
Poetry that is ‘full of surprises’

‘In his Poetry Roundup column in the Otago Daily Times, Hamish Wyatt wrote that ‘Prayers for
the Living & the Dead was full of surprises’ and that ‘Rabbitt is potent and impressive and
polishes his poems until they sparkle.’

You come to this point
spun with doing words:
shower, shave, dress, eat,
wash up, walk into the yard . . .
In a concrete crack,
self-seeded and beautiful,
a dandelion, reminiscent
of a sixties’ wild child.

This poem touched my heart somehow. Hope you enjoyed it.
Happy poeting! (spell check didn’t like this word, I made it up..)

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