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Bill Dacker’s translation of O Te Koru

Bill Dacker’s poem ‘O Te Koru’ appeared in issue 23 of broadsheet, May 2019.

I asked Bill to translate the final passage from the poem for readers. It is written in te reo Māori.

Bill kindly sent us this translation:

Kapiti hono, tatai hono, te hunga ora ki te hunga ora;
[bind the living to the living
kapiti hono, tatai hono te hunga mate ki te hunga mate.
bind the dead to the dead.]
Kia ora te wairua kaha, te tautoko a te hunga ora
[Hello the strong spirit, the support of the living
mo te hunga mate, te tautoko a te hunga mate
for the dead, the support of the dead
mo te hunga ora.
for the living]

Thanks to Bill for the fine translation of his poem ending.

Mark Pirie, editor, broadsheet

 

 

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broadsheet 23 features Margaret Jeune

The latest issue of broadsheet 23, May 2019, features Auckland-born poet Margaret Jeune, of Wellington. Jeune began writing in childhood and was first published in the Children’s page of The Evening Post. Since then her poetry has been widely represented in regional journals and anthologies. In 2019, HeadworX published two books of her poetry.

Other poets included are: Anita Arlov, Karen Peterson Butterworth, Tony Chad, Bill Dacker, Michael Duffett (USA), Brentley Frazer (Australia), Siobhan Harvey, Alex Jeune, Annie Newcomer (USA), Alistair Paterson, Mark Raffills, P V Reeves (1927-2019), Marion Rego, Bill Sutton and Gill Ward.

The editor Mark Pirie writes in his Preface:

“This issue’s featured poet is Margaret Jeune. Margaret Jeune (also known as Margaret June and Margaret Webb) was born in Auckland in 1956 and grew up in Wainuiomata in the Hutt Valley. She lived in Wellington from the late 1970s and moved up to Otaki on the Kapiti Coast in 1990 and from there to Levin in the Horowhenua in 1999. She returned to Wellington in 2017. She has a BA in Education and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching (Early Childhood). She works as an Early Childhood Teacher. Currently she works as a relief teacher for Whānau Manaaki Kindergartens.

Margaret has lived a varied work life that has involved many occupations, including serving on the Otaki Community Board, under the Kapiti Coast District Council, from 1996 to 2001. She also served on the Waiopehu College Board of Trustees from 2001 to 2004. In 2002 and 2005, she was the Alliance candidate for Otaki.

This year, my publishing company, HeadworX, produced two books of her poetry: the first Flight Paths contains some of her best poems from her middle writing period (late 1980s till now). The second book Upbeat features a selection of her early poetry 1969-1987.

As her work has remained outside of book publication till this year, I have decided to feature her work in broadsheet by giving an overview of her writing starting with some of her recent poems from Flight Paths and ending with some of her early poems from Upbeat. Her writing certainly deserves more exposure and a wider audience of readers.

Tony Chad writes that Margaret’s poetry contains “…good solid images of urban and rural New Zealand mixed with a quirky sense of humour.”

Her poetry was first published in the Children’s page of The Evening Post. Since then her poetry has been widely represented in regional journals and anthologies. She has also had her poetry published under the name of “M.A. June”.

As with previous broadsheet features, some of her writing friends appear here alongside her: Marion Rego, Gill Ward, Tony Chad (publisher of Margaret’s poems in Valley Micropress 1997-2018), the late P V Reeves, and Karen Peterson Butterworth; and also Margaret’s son Alex Jeune.

A few poets outside of the feature appear again in broadsheet. I welcome back Anita Arlov, Siobhan Harvey, Alistair Paterson, Bill Sutton, Michael Duffett (USA), Brentley Frazer (Australia) and Annie Newcomer (USA).  Mark Raffills appears in broadsheet for the first time.

Mark Pirie,
Wellington, May 2019

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broadsheet 22 features Jeanne Bernhardt

The latest issue of broadsheet 22, November 2018, features the contemporary New Zealand author Jeanne Bernhardt, of Otago. Bernhardt has published seven collections of poetry and prose, and is the recipient of the Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary from Creative NZ in 1997 and the Earl of Seacliff Poetry Prize in 2016.

Poets included are: Sandra Bell, Jill Chan (1973-2018), Kay McKenzie Cooke, Michael Duffett (USA), David Eggleton, Bernadette Hall, Peter Olds, Michael O’Leary, Mark Pirie, Jenny Powell, Richard Reeve, Damian Ruth, and Laura Solomon.

The editor Mark Pirie writes in his Preface:

“Jeanne Bernhardt (b.1961), a contemporary New Zealand writer, has published seven books of poetry and prose, and has travelled extensively, working both in New Zealand and overseas. In 1997 she was awarded the Louis Johnson New Writer’s Bursary from Creative NZ and in 2016 she received the Earl of Seacliff Poetry Prize. Since her emergence in the Dunedin pub scene of the 1980s, she has forged a determined path staying true to her art. Early work of hers appears in Critic, Parallax and on a Dunedin poetry cassette directed by Luke Hurley. Hone Tuwhare was an early appreciator at the Cook pub readings.

I first read her work in the mid-1990s in the Dunedin Radio One newspaper, which I read as a night shift DJ at Radio Active in Wellington. Jeanne’s poems like ‘Fast & Slow’ and ‘th sex taste’ stood out, and I was at the time founding/co-editing JAAM magazine and also putting together The NeXt Wave, a collection of (mostly) younger Aotearoa/New Zealand writers. She also appeared in Takahe and Poetry NZ during the ‘90s and self-published the poem “Dereliction” and the book Vorare Lacuna (1996), an image/text collaborative work with a number of Dunedin artists.

Jeanne continued to feature in JAAM and Takahe magazines over the next decade as well as publishing two books with my small press HeadworX: baby is this wonderland? (1999) and The Snow Poems/your self of lost ground (2002). She left New Zealand for the States, and then returned to publish a series of well-received books: The Deaf Man’s Chorus (poetry, ESAW), Wood (short prose), 26 Poems and Fast Down Turk (a novel). These latter three were with Dean Havard’s hand-printed Kilmog Press.

Jeanne, a wholly individual artist, has long been admired by friends and writers in the Otago literary community. As a long-standing supporter, it gives me pleasure to feature her in broadsheet. Her writing is innovative, not afraid to take risks, and is energetic and highly charged.

Jeanne’s work in this issue is gathered together like small, polished stones, heartfelt and sinewy. Minimalist in technique, emotionally tense and highly personal, they are finely wrought and beautifully constructed.

As with previous broadsheet issues, some of Jeanne’s writing friends and editors appear here alongside her: Kay McKenzie Cooke, Michael O’Leary, Sandra Bell, Peter Olds, Jenny Powell, Richard Reeve, Bernadette Hall, David Eggleton, and myself.

A couple of poets like Damian Ruth, the late Jill Chan,  Laura Solomon, and Michael Duffett (USA) also appear in broadsheet outside of the main feature.

Mark Pirie
Wellington, November 2018

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broadsheet 21 features Mark Young (Australia/NZ)

The latest issue of broadsheet 21, May 2018, features the Australian-based poet and editor Mark Young, who was born in New Zealand in Hokitika. Young is one of New Zealand’s most published contemporary poets overseas and the issue celebrates his contribution to world literature.

Poets included are: Tony Beyer, Alan Brunton (1946-2002), Thomas Fink (USA), Michele Leggott, Sheila E Murphy (USA), Michael O’Leary, Lisa Samuels, Pete Spence (Australia), Eileen R Tabios (USA), Mercedes Webb-Pullmann, and Ian Wedde.

The editor Mark Pirie writes in his Preface:

“Mark Young, the Australian-based poet and editor of Otoliths, is a poet originally from New Zealand and internationally published.  He is one of our most published poets overseas, where he has produced many collections of his poetry,  including the 600 page, ‘at least nine new books in one’, The Codicils.

He has been around in periodical form since the publication of his poem ‘Lizard’ in the New Zealand Listener in 1959. Other early work featured in Arena, Experiment, the New Zealand Poetry Yearbook and Argot in the early 1960s.

I first came across his work when Alan Brunton sent me a review copy of The Right Foot of the Giant as editor of JAAM magazine in 2000. Alan’s publication helped re-establish his reputation as one of our best contemporary poets. It included poems like ‘In Memoriam: Robert Desnos’.

It’s surprising that his work isn’t as known as that of his contemporaries like Ian Wedde, David Mitchell, Bill Manhire, Peter Olds and others,  in New Zealand, because that is the class of company he keeps.

He remains a fascinating literary figure on both sides of the Tasman, editing the online journal Otoliths, a magazine of many e-things, which includes a wide variety of poetry forms and features poetry as contemporary art and image texts from writers internationally.

An innovative practitioner, both in technique and methodology, he remains an elusive figure in New Zealand where he was born in Hokitika in 1941. I am lucky enough to feature his work in broadsheet and promote it to a New Zealand audience.

I would like to thank the writers who replied to the invite I sent out on advice from Mark Young himself, and indebted to writers like Ian Wedde, Michele Leggott, Thomas Fink (USA), Lisa Samuels, Eileen R Tabios (USA), Mercedes Webb-Pullmann, Pete Spence (Australia), and Sheila E Murphy (USA) for sending in work and appearing alongside Mark Young.

Two previously published poems by Alan Brunton also reappear with permission of his estate in recognition of the work Alan did in collecting Young’s work from the 1960s/1970s in his first major book, The Right Foot of the Giant.

Michael O’Leary’s recent unpublished poem on Paul McCartney’s December Auckland concert is another gem I have included outside of the main feature.

Mark Pirie
Wellington, May 2018″

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