Issue 13, May 2014 (PDF 581KB – click on link to read)
Issue 13 – the football issue features a selection of football poetry from 1890-2014, mostly by New Zealand poets and mainly focusing on New Zealand football but including English and word football. The foreword is by former New Zealand All White Michael Groom (1980-84).Contributors include Simon Boyce, James Brown, Albert Craig (d. 1909, UK), P.S. Cottier, John Dickson, Ben Egerton, David McGill, C.W. Grace (1862-1946), John Gallas, Dylan Groom, Gary Langford, Harvey Molloy, Grant Sullivan, Tim Jones, Michael O’Leary, Bill O’Reilly (1898-1959), Kendrick Smithyman (d. 1995), Harry Ricketts, André Surridge and broadsheet editor Mark Pirie. The issue is published to coincide with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Issue 12 November 2013 (PDF 120 KB – click on link to read)
Issue 12 Supplement: Chch Star Poets Index and Notes (PDF 121 KB – click on link to read)
Issue 12 features the Star poets of Christchurch 1922-26, a mostly unknown and previously unacknowledged group of early New Zealand poets. The Star poets included are: Una Auld (nee Currie), R D Brown, Aline Dunn, H S Gipps, H H Heatley, Bessie L Heighton, Honor Gordon Holmes, E A Irwin, W J McKellow, Patricia Parker, T E L Roberts, Sherratt, H Tillman and Ida M Withers. The supplement published with it includes the full index to the poems found in the Star newspaper and the editor Mark Pirie’s field notes to the poets.
Updated/new information/errata: Sherratt (full name Alfred Stanley Sherratt) was married to Eleanor. He worked as a Railways clerk/official in Canterbury. The contributor’s note and field notes to broadsheet 12 give his wife as Elizabeth and his occupation as a mill hand. Elizabeth was his mother and his father, also Alfred, was the mill hand.
Issue 11 May 2013 (PDF 109 KB – click on link to read)
The eleventh issue features the North American poet Cameron La Follette from Salem, Oregon. The issue is the first journal to feature her poetry internationally. It includes comment on her work by editor Mark Pirie and Dr Niel Wright, her publisher in Wellington, New Zealand. Also included is new work by distinguished UK poet Richard Berengarten, Tony Beyer, Michael Duffett (USA), John O’Connor, John Dennison, Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle, Laura Morris, P V Reeves, Mark Pirie, and posthumous or republished work by two poets of New Zealand’s literary past: Erihapeti Murchie (1923-1997) and O E Hugo (1855?-1915).
Issue 10 November 2012 (PDF 105KB – click on link to read)
The tenth issue features a tribute to the celebrated singer, songwriter and poet, Mahinarangi Tocker (1955-2008). The issue celebrates Tocker’s contribution to Aotearoa/New Zealand music and poetry. It includes unpublished poetry by Tocker and tributes by her friends Charlotte Yates, C K Stead, Andrew Fagan, Michael O’Leary and Paula Harris. Also included is new work by Tony Chad, Laura Solomon, Jenny Powell, Richard Langston, David Eggleton and Nola Borrell and posthumous or republished work by two poets of New Zealand’s literary past: Robert J Pope (1865-1949) and Ivy Gibbs (1886?-1966).
Issue 9 May 2012 (PDF 102 KB – click on link to read)
The ninth issue features the New Zealand jazz poet, LE Scott. The issue celebrates Scott’s contribution to New Zealand writing over 30 or more years, and includes an article on the Ballroom Poetry Cafe in Wellington that he founded in 2010. Also included is new work by Nicola Easthope, Rangi Faith, Cliff Fell, Basim Furat (Iraq/NZ), Tony Hopkins, Tim Jones, Wanjiku Kiarie, Robert McLean, Alistair Paterson, Vaughan Rapatahana (Hong Kong/NZ), L E Scott, Madeleine Marie Slavick (USA/Hong Kong/NZ), Alice Te Punga Somerville, Bill Sutton, Apirana Taylor, Teresia Teaiwa and Moira Wairama.
Issue 8 November 2011 (PDF 121 KB – click on link to read)
The eighth issue features the UK-basedNew Zealandpoet, John Gallas. Also included is new work by Craig Cliff, Michael Duffett (USA), Roger Hickin, Cameron La Follette (USA), Mary McCallum, Chris McCabe (UK), Michael O’Leary, Harry Ricketts, Laura Solomon, Yilma Tafere Tasew, Paul Wolffram and F W N (Nielsen) Wright.
Issue 7 May 2011 (PDF 110 KB – click on link to read)
The seventh issue features the British poet/translator, Anthony Rudolf. Also included is new work by Emma Barnes, Sarah Jane Barnett, Janet Charman, Basim Furat (Iraq/New Zealand), Anna Jackson, Jan Kemp, Saradha Koirala, Graham Lindsay, Helen Lowe, Bill Manhire, Genevieve McClean, Harvey Molloy, Ila Selwyn and Madeleine Marie Slavick (USA/Hong Kong). The feature essay is an extract on cricket from Anthony Rudolf’s new memoir.
Issue 6 November 2010 (PDF 130KB – click on link to read)
The sixth issue features the well-known editor of Poetry NZ, the Auckland poet/novelist Alistair Paterson. Also included is new work by Anne French, Elizabeth Smither, Barry Southam, Will Leadbeater, Ron Riddell, Iain Sharp, Michael Morrissey, Jennifer Compton, Jack Ross, Owen Bullock, Vivienne Plumb, Raewyn Alexander and Riemke Ensing. The feature essay is by poet/critic Siobhan Harvey on Alistair Paterson’s 1973 collection Birds Flying.
Issue 5 May 2010 (PDF 133KB – click on link to read)
The fifth issue features well-known New Zealand anthologist and poet Harvey McQueen. Also included is new work by Ian Wedde, Diana Bridge, Tony Beyer, Ron Riddell, Fiona Kidman, Jessica Le Bas, Laura Solomon, Paul Hill, Michael O’Leary and Anna Rugis. As well as an interview with Harvey McQueen, there are new translations of Anna Akhmatova by Wellington translator Margaret Borshevsky.
Issue 4 November 2009 (PDF 120KB – click on link to read)
The fourth issue features distinguished New Zealand poet Ruth Gilbert who has recently received revived interest in her work in Toronto, Canada. Also included is the late Alistair Te Ariki Campbell’s unpublished poem ‘Ode to Wellington City’ along with uncollected poems by Meg Campbell and A R D Fairburn. It includes the following poets: Jeanne Bernhardt, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Meg Campbell, Jill Chan, Bill Dacker, Lynn Davidson, Michael Duffett (USA), A R D Fairburn, Jan FitzGerald, Ruth Gilbert, Michael Harlow, Siobhan Harvey, Leonard Lambert, Michael Steven and Brian Turner. Plus F W N Wright looks at Ruth Gilbert’s 1966 collection The Luthier.
Issue 3 May 2009 (PDF 125KB – click on link to read)
The third issue features an interview with American poet Robert Creeley discussing Allen Curnow and New Zealand poetry of the ’70s/’80s. It includes the following poets: Tim Jones, Harvey Molloy, Paul Wolffram, Barbara Strang, John O’Connor, James Norcliffe, Peter Olds, Rachel McAlpine, Riemke Ensing, Will Leadbeater, Laura Solomon, Jenny Powell, Richard Langston and Kenyan poet, Wanjiku Kiarie.
Issue 2 November 2008 (PDF 124KB – click on link to read)
The second issue remembers Louis Johnson 20 years on from his death, and includes the following poets: Peter Bland, Marilyn Duckworth, Kevin Ireland, Louis Johnson, Miranda Johnson, Harvey McQueen, Vincent O’Sullivan, Alistair Paterson, Helen Rickerby, Harry Ricketts, Martyn Sanderson, Nelson Wattie and F W N Wright. (Includes feature essay on Johnson’s poetry by F W N Wright.)
Issue 1 May 2008 (PDF 93KB – click on link to read)
The first issue features the following New Zealand poets: Jeanne Bernhardt, Tony Beyer, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Meg Campbell, Gemma Claire, Evelyn Conlon, Robin Fry, Basim Furat (translated from the Arabic), Michael O’Leary, Victor O’Leary, Stephen Oliver, Mark Pirie and L E Scott. The first issue features Michael Duffett (UK/USA poet/actor) who visited New Zealand in the late 1970s where he met poets Denis Glover, K O Arvidson and Vincent O’Sullivan. Michael Duffett (who once played a part in the TV series Magnum PI) has published his prose and verse extensively. He is currently a Professor of Humanities at Humphreys College, Stockton, CA, USA.