Poetry Soars in Kapiti

Lost for words? Surely not with Poets to the People

By Gill Ward

‘Greetings literary aficionados!’

It’s always dilemma how to start a newsletter: And this greeting seems appropriate as all of you, who so regularly join in our monthly event, are interested (and know about) literature in its many forms.

You listen, appreciate, applaud, perform and celebrate our poets; both the Guest Poet and those who share their poetry at the open mic. We couldn’t do it without you.Or without the wonderful support of Leigh and her staff at High Tide Café. Thank you all for your enthusiasm and participation.

Big turnout for  Glenn Colquhoun

It was excellent to see the large turnout for Glenn Colquhoun. He enjoyed being with us and sharing his work in his unique style. I was thinking about Glenn

Glenn Colquhoun

being a doctor and Harvey being a teacher and extrapolated it somewhat by reflecting on other poets who also had to earn a living as well as writing poetry (as Richard Langston, a tv and radio journalist, said to me once ‘poetry makes thin children’).

So just as starters – Robert Burns was a tax collector, T.S. Eliot worked in a bank, Pablo Neruda was a diplomat, William Carlos Williams a doctor and Philip Larkin a librarian.  Thinking about our well-known poets, most of them work within the field of literature both teaching and writing. Our much loved Hone Tuwhare started off as a boiler maker.

Harry Ricketts coming soon

We are fortunate to have another significant poet as our next guest – Harry Ricketts.

Harry Ricketts

You will all know of Harry, and many of you will be familiar with his work in both poetry and prose and some will have attended courses that Harry has taught. He has read for us before so you’ll be aware of what an inspiring performance poet he is.

Just a few notes about Harry there is much, much more to say  about him but just to give a brief and skimpy outline. He has  published several poetry collections, among them : Plunge (2001), Your Secret Life (2005) and Just Then (2012), His poetry has been included in many anthologies of New Zealand poetry.

Aside from his own literary writing, Ricketts has been an anthologist since the 1990s. His work in this field includes How You Doing?: A Selection of New Zealand Comic and Satiric Verse (1998), with Hugh Roberts, and a two-volume series of spiritual verse anthologies, co-edited with Paul Morris and Mike Grimshaw, before editing The Awa Book of New Zealand Sports Writing (2010).

A Wall Stree journalist reviewer observed of The Unforgiving Minute that: ‘of all the Kipling biographies, Harry Ricketts is the most balanced.’

In 2010, with Paula Green, he co-authored the poetry primer 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry (2010). He has also contributed scholarly entries to the Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature and reviewed books for Radio New Zealand National,

Harry’s poetry is wide ranging from tender to satirical and often very funny. But no matter which poem you read it will be accessible and will tell you something. Always.

I want to tell you what David Eggleton said about Harry Ricketts in NZ Books:

“ Harry Rickets brings into the sunlight the lumber stored in the attic of his mind…He authentically conveys the felt details of a lived life, the long mulled-over aftermath of his world-wide rites of passage.”

He will be reading from his new collection ‘Winter Eyes as well as older and more recent poems.

So .. Sunday April 29th, 4 – 6pm, High Tide Café,

Marine Parade, Paraparaumu Beach

Refreshments available. $5 cover charge.

All welcome – bring your friends, bring a one-page poem of your own to the open mic, (don’t worry – that’s optional!),

Best wishes and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday 29th April

(Elizabeth and Gill)

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