The Night Press publishes netball poems

A small hand-stitched book of netball poems, 12 Netball Poems, has been published by The Night Press, Wellington, New Zealand.

The book by The Night Press editor Mark Pirie features poems on the Silver Ferns (Sandra Edge, Maria Tutaia, Casey Kopua, Laura Langman and Leilani Read), the Netball World Cup 2015 and children’s netball poems.

It is dedicated to Pirie’s mother who played and enjoyed the game.

The book’s title “12 Netball Poems” implies the number of players chosen in a netball squad (7 on court, and 5 replacements on the bench).

Some of the poems, written between 2012 and 2015, have been published in Valley Micropress and The Wellingtonian newspaper.

An addenda by Napier poet Bill Sutton comes in the form of a poem on Irene van Dyk, also reprinted from The Wellingtonian newspaper.

The book is printed in a limited edition and is made available for wider distribution as a free ebook from the author’s website (www.markpirie.com) and The Night Press website (see Other Publications).

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broadsheet 16 features Stephen Oliver

The latest issue of broadsheet, no.16, November 2015, features the Australasian poet Stephen Oliver. The issue is in honour of his significant contribution to transtasman poetry and features a mix of published and unpublished work.

Others included are: Pavel Arsenev (Russia), Roger Hickin, Peter Olds, Alistair Paterson, Mark Pirie, Patricia Prime, Nicholas Reid, Laura Solomon, Nicole Sprague (USA), Michael Steven, Bill Sutton and MaryJane Thomson.

Editor Mark Pirie writes in his Preface:

“Stephen Oliver is a leading transtasman poet. A true antipodean, he was born in 1950 and grew up in Brooklyn-west, Wellington. He left New Zealand in the 1980s and spent 20 years living in Australia after extensive travel (North America to the Mediterranean and Israel). He now resides in Hamilton, New Zealand, after returning around a decade ago.
Throughout his working life he has free-lanced as a production voice, narrator, newsreader, radio producer, columnist, copy and feature writer. In Israel he ‘signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa’.
Gifted with an oratorical voice and equally gifted with the qualities of true and genuine poetry, Oliver is a poet I’ve admired for two decades. I have published two collections of his 17 titles: Unmanned (1999) and the major retrospective Night of Warehouses (2001). Stephen in return mentored me and assisted my journal publication.
Stephen has an artist’s eye for elegant and handsome presentation, which informs his poetry, with its carefully chiseled and sculpted imagery and line structure. Recently Michael Morrissey considered Stephen was now ‘our greatest living New Zealand poet’ and worthy of Nobel candidature.
A close reading of the poetry of Derek Walcott (1992 Nobel Prize for Literature) supports Morrissey’s view. Walcott’s poetry has common principles in tune with Oliver’s poetry. Walcott, a modern oracle, essentially lyrical and narrative, ranging over forms between free verse and traditional rhyme and metrics, has much that favourably compares with Oliver’s oeuvre.
Both are exponents of the longer poem and also have written lighter verse. Oliver’s work has been translated into German, Spanish, Chinese, Dutch and Russian and has gained international attention.
It’s appropriate then that this issue is in honour of Stephen’s life-long commitment to poetry in his 65th year and his contribution to transtasman poetry, evidenced most tellingly in his recent long poem Intercolonial, one of the finest transtasman poems of the new millennium, in line with Walcott’s Omeros.
Working with Stephen I’ve invited a number of his friends and contacts to be in this special tribute issue. Thanks to those who readily sent in their work and shared in my aim of celebrating Stephen’s contribution—a major, Australasian poet.
A few poets here are contributors outside the feature: Laura Solomon, MaryJane Thomson and Bill Sutton, and represent broadsheet’s continuing diversity and commitment to new New Zealand poetry.

Mark Pirie
Wellington, November 2015″

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Issue 16 of broadsheet available now

broadsheet, no. 16, November 2015, featuring the poetry of Stephen Oliver, is available now.

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Stephen Oliver to feature in broadsheet 16

broadsheet is pleased to confirm that New Zealand-based transtasman poet Stephen Oliver will feature in broadsheet 16 due for publication in November 2015.

Oliver is a major Australasian poet. In addition broadsheet is delighted to feature works by excellent overseas poets Nicole Sprague (USA) and Pavel Arsenev (Russia).

Other New Zealand poets confirmed for broadsheet 16 are: Roger Hickin, Peter Olds, Bob Orr, Alistair Paterson, Patricia Prime, Laura Solomon, MaryJane Thomson, Bill Sutton, Michael Steven and Nicholas Reid.

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Issue 15 of broadsheet available now

broadsheet, no. 15, May 2015, featuring the poetry of Riemke Ensing, is available now.

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broadsheet 15 features Riemke Ensing

The latest issue of broadsheet, no.15, May 2015, features award-winning New Zealand poet Riemke Ensing. The issue celebrates her significant contribution to New Zealand poetry and features some of her newest, unpublished work.

Others included are: Vincent O’Sullivan current Poet Laureate, Rosetta Allan, Nick Ascroft, Anita Arlov, Karen Zelas, Jan Kemp, Judith Haswell, Iain Britton, Dorothy Howie, Annie Newcomer (USA), Kevin Ireland, Simon Fleck, Madeleine Slavick, Alistair Paterson and Peter Bland.

Editor Mark Pirie writes in his Preface:

“Riemke Ensing is one of New Zealand’s major poets writing in English since the late 1960s. A powerful biographical story informs her poetry. Her childhood torn apart by war, Ensing became a Dutch immigrant to New Zealand after World War II; and the experience underpins the melancholy note in her poems. She became a teacher and later a tutor for many years at the University of Auckland. Her son is the photographer James Ensing-Trussell.

As a student in 1998, I edited her book of selected poems, Talking Pictures. When she willingly agreed to the project after writing to her, I felt honoured, considering I had little experience in publishing at that time, with only a few books to my credit. I was just 24 years old. A big project for a young editor, I set about reading and gathering her poems from international periodicals, books, and anthologies as diverse as New Directions (USA), Descant (Canada), and others. My then MA supervisor at the University of Otago, Lawrence Jones, kindly agreed to write the introduction. The book appeared in 2000 widely admired (with a fine cover by Judith Haswell) and perhaps announced my publishing house HeadworX on the international stage.

Ensing has continued to add to her oeuvre since then, with a number of booklets published, broadsheets finely printed and awards received.

It’s now the 15th anniversary since Talking Pictures came out. I thought it would be nice to do a feature on Riemke in honour of her contribution to New Zealand literature. Her latest poems included in broadsheet sound out a more plaintive, elegiac note since the death of her partner Bill Trussell in 2009. Recurrent themes in these poems include writers and painters, inspiring her writing’s intense expression of emotions and symbolism. Yet there’s plenty of Ensing humour here too in poems like ‘Top of the Morning’ and  receiving the Lauris Edmond Memorial Award for Poetry.

Along with Riemke’s poems, I continued the tradition of broadsheet features by inviting some of Riemke’s friends to contribute to her issue. Vincent O’Sullivan, Judith Haswell, Jan Kemp, Dorothy Howie, Alistair Paterson, Kevin Ireland and Peter Bland are long-term friends of Riemke. Newer friends like Annie Newcomer (USA), Karen Zelas, Rosetta Allan and Anita Arlov also appear.

Elsewhere, Simon Fleck, Nick Ascroft and Iain Britton appear in broadsheet for the first time continuing the eclectic turnover of names since it began in 2008.

Mark Pirie, Wellington, May 2015″

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The Night Press publishes Mark Pirie’s Poems for my Father

The Night Press has published a collection of broadsheet editor Mark Pirie’s poem for his father.

Poems for my Father is a collection of Mark Pirie’s poems for, concerning, or relating to his father.

The poems form a sequence written between 1993 and 2008 and cover a range of subjects from childhood travels to family portraits and reunions.

Leo the lion, American President George Washington, poets Allen Curnow and James K Baxter, and the Great Diviner of the Pyramid in Uxmal, Mexico, form unlikely starting points for Mark Pirie’s experiences. His father is ever in the picture.

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The book is printed in a private edition and is made available for wider distribution as a free ebook from the author’s website (www.markpirie.com) and The Night Press website (see Other Publications).

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