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 The issue celebrates her significant contribution to New Zealand poetry and features some of her newest, unpublished work.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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Issue 14 of broadsheet available now

broadsheet, no. 14, November 2014, featuring the prose poetry of Michael Harlow, is available now.

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broadsheet 14 features Michael Harlow

The latest issue of broadsheet, no.14, November 2014, features the distinguished New Zealand poet Michael Harlow, who has recently read at world poetry festivals in Romania and Nicaragua. In 2014, Harlow published his selected poems Sweeping the Courtyard and a collection of love poems Heart absolutely I can.

The issue of broadsheet is the first journal to feature his prose poetry in New Zealand.

The prose poems are from a work in progress that Harlow is writing. Of these poems, Harlow writes: ‘they are best described as very short prose texts (rather like the French récit—I resist the “flash fiction” definition/category). Closest thing we have to it here is the prose-poem, and I’m happy with that. I like to think of the poème en prose, these texts as an example of the “prose that’s in poetry”—following on from the great Greek poet Seferis, who once remarked words to the effect that “I wish our poets would write poems with more of what our best prose writers have…” Or something like that. Thus far, I’ve only published a few of them in bilingual, translation form, English and Spanish, in overseas journals.’

Others included are: Michael Duffett (USA/UK), award-winning poet Brian Turner, P V Reeves, Laura Solomon, MaryJane Thomson, Nicholas Reid, Edward Sakowski (translated from the Polish by Robert Zuch), Riemke Ensing, Noeline Gannaway, Cameron La Follette (USA), Brentley Frazer (Australia), Michael Walker, Pat White and Mark Young.

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Issue 13 of broadsheet available now

broadsheet, no. 13, May 2014, a special football issue in honour of the 2014 World Cup, Brazil, is available now.

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broadsheet 13 features football poetry for the 2014 World Cup

The latest issue of broadsheet, no.13, May 2014, features football poetry in honour of this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

The issue selected by broadsheet editor Mark Pirie comprises a selection of football poetry from 1890-2014, focusing mainly on New Zealand football but including English and word football and mostly by New Zealand poets.

Those included are: Simon Boyce, Gary Langford, Harry Ricketts, James Brown, John Gallas, John Dickson, Michael O’Leary, Kendrick Smithyman (d. 1995), Bill O’Reilly (1898-1959), Grant Sullivan, P.S. Cottier (Australia), Ben Egerton, David McGill, Harvey Molloy, Tim Jones, C.W. Grace (1862-1946), Albert Craig (d. 1909, UK), André Surridge, Dylan Groom and editor Pirie himself. Former New Zealand All White Michael Groom has written the foreword.

The New Zealand artist and writer Dr Michael O’Leary has drawn George Best for the cover. London memoirist, poet and renowned translator Anthony Rudolf has contributed an essay on English football autographs of the 1950s.

The issue will be launched in Wellington during the World Cup and is sure to please general football fans as well as those with a more literary and historical football interest.

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