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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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broadsheet, no. 21, May 2018, featuring Mark Young (Australia/NZ), is available now.

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broadsheet 20 features Ken Bolton (Australia)

The latest issue of broadsheet, No. 20, November 2017, features the Australian poet and art critic Ken Bolton, who has had influence on contemporary New Zealand poetry since 1996. The issue celebrates his work and includes poets with a lasting connection with Ken Bolton, both in New Zealand and in Australia.

Poets included are: Pam Brown (Australia), Jenny Bornholdt, Laurie Duggan (Australia/UK), Michael Farrell (Australia), John Forbes (Australia), Dinah Hawken, Cath Kenneally (Australia), Gregory O’Brien (Australia), Ella O’Keefe (Australia), Michael O’Leary, Mark Pirie, Dominic Symes (Australia) and Tim Wright (Australia).

Editor Mark Pirie writes in the Preface:

“Ken Bolton, the well known Australian poet and art critic, has had influence on contemporary New Zealand poetry since 1996. That year, through the recommendation of Gregory O’Brien, he was invited along with his partner, Adelaide poet/broadcaster/novelist Cath Kenneally, to appear as guests at the New Zealand International Festival of the Arts in Wellington. His readings were impressive. My father and I were in the audience then and we were gripped by his early, evocative and painterly inner city poems of the 1970s.

I went away from that reading purchasing his Selected Poems (Penguin Books) and collecting his other books via personal correspondence and wrote several early poems mimicking Ken’s style, such as Two Poems – An Impression of the Sea (ESAW, 2004) first published by Jack Ross in brief. Ken was certainly a good guide in my formative years of writing poetry.

Ken Bolton visited again to read at Wellington venues in 2006. A St Peter’s Hall, Paekakariki, reading included myself, Ken, Cath Kenneally and Dinah Hawken. Michael O’Leary was the MC that day, who had earlier met with Ken in 1996 with Iain Sharp and had published a mini book of Ken Bolton’s poetry that year in the ESAW Mini Series.

It’s nice to welcome Ken back by featuring him in a New Zealand journal. As with previous issues of broadsheet, I have invited and included work by poets that have formed lasting connections with Ken both in Australia and across the Tasman. Ken, also a small press publisher/editor (Otis Rush magazine, Little Esther Books and other imprints) has published Gregory O’Brien and other New Zealand poets in Australia and contributed an Australian poetry selection to my former magazine JAAM, No. 10 (1998) that included the two poems here by his late friend, John Forbes.

Ken recently retired from the Experimental Art Foundation and bookshop in Adelaide where he worked for many years. His musical interests such as jazz and blues music are reflected in my poem tribute.

Thanks to all those who sent in contributions and supported my idea of a special Ken Bolton issue in recognition of his influence on and goodwill towards New Zealand poetry from abroad.

Mark Pirie
Wellington, November 2017”

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broadsheet 19 features Peter Bland

The latest issue of broadsheet, no.19, May 2017, features the major New Zealand poet Peter Bland, recipient of the 2011 New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry.

The issue includes tributes by friends and colleagues and celebrates his contribution to New Zealand poetry.

Others included are: Fleur Adcock, Gordon Challis, Glenn Colquhoun, Marilyn Duckworth, Riemke Ensing, Michael Harlow, Kevin Ireland, Louis Johnson, Kapka Kassabova, Bob Orr, Vincent O’Sullivan, A G Pettet (Australia), Gus Simonovic, Elizabeth Smither, C K Stead.

Editor Mark Pirie writes in the Preface:

“Peter Bland (actor/writer) is one of the major New Zealand poets, and the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry in 2011. He was first known to me as an actor in Came a Hot Friday (1985) with comedian Billy T James, which I saw as a teenager. His poetry I discovered at age 19, when reading through an anthology in my father’s library: Recent Poetry in New Zealand (1965). The poets in this selection certainly interested me in writing poetry myself. James K Baxter, Louis Johnson, Fleur Adcock, Peter Bland, Alistair Campbell, Kendrick Smithyman, Gordon Challis and C K Stead were firm favourites. Peter’s lively poems of anger and experience spoke to me, with a suburban and domestic outlook, accessible and well crafted. Poems like ‘Death of a Dog’ live with me still.

I never expected to be featuring/publishing Peter, 20 something years on from first reading him, let alone some of the poets he has invited to be in this issue with him, who I first read in that above-mentioned anthology. It’s nice to make this issue a tribute to Peter’s poetry and contribution to our literature.

Peter has kindly sent a brief note as an introduction:

I’ve been writing poetry for over 60 years, so I’ve lived through all sorts of literary fashions and arguments that, at the time, seemed absolutely necessary to encounter, and probably were, particularly in terms of belonging, where the here-and-now of lived experience is the active field for all sorts of poetic possibilities, and is as open to the wayfarer as it is to the tribal chief, though both will inhabit it differently. But literary theories are nothing more than stimuli, and valuable as these are the origins of poetry are more elemental, primal, even sacred, than that. The Argentinian poet Borges admits that there’s a need among poets ‘to be familiar with the renowned uncertainties of metaphysics,’ but only in order to make the best use of staying open to experience, and ‘to help pass on what we don’t know as much as what we do.’ The sources of poetry are as ancient as cave paintings and the modern poet still has to have something of the shaman left in him in order to be able to indulge in a little cave talk and to commune alone with the deeper sources of his imagination.

Thanks to those who contributed to Peter’s issue and shared my feelings for celebrating his impressive oeuvre in New Zealand poetry.

A few poets outside the feature are included: A G Pettet from Brisbane, an editor of the international Bareknuckle Poet series, and Gus Simonovic from Auckland, an innovative entrepreneur, publisher and poet.

Mark Pirie, Wellington, May 2017″

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broadsheet 18 features David Karena-Holmes

The latest issue of broadsheet, no.18, November 2016, features the Nelson-based poet David Karena-Holmes, author of the selection Genesis (Maungatua Press, 2011) and the long poem From the Antipodes.

The issue celebrates his long-term commitment to the writing of poetry.

Others included are: Nick Ascroft, Tony Beyer, Kay McKenzie Cooke, David Eggleton, Brentley Frazer, Rob Hack, Hugh Isdale, Peter Olds, Mark Pirie, Blair Reeve, Richard Reeve, Nicholas Reid, Michael Steven and MaryJane Thomson.

Editor Mark Pirie writes in the Preface:

“David Karena-Holmes (born 1938) first came to my attention when I was editing JAAM  7 with Kapka Kassabova in early 1997. I didn’t know at the time that David had been writing since c1949 and was well-known in Dunedin poetry circles. When Richard Reeve and Nick Ascroft founded Glottis  in 1998, David was one of the regular writers in their magazine. In 1999, I lived in Dunedin briefly to write my MA thesis at the University of Otago and met David at the Arc Café readings.

Much earlier, however, distinguished poet and critic James K Baxter had noted a young Dave Holmes in his 1967 lecture ‘Aspects of Poetry in New Zealand’.

I followed David’s work as a subscriber to Glottis and appreciated Richard Reeve’s important profiling of David’s work outside of more established literary channels. More recently David appeared in Richard Reeve’s edition of Landfall 212. In 2009, I included David myself in the anthology Voyagers that I co-edited with Tim Jones.

It’s nice to get the opportunity to feature David’s work in broadsheet. To my mind, David is an important New Zealand poet whose work should be more widely known and anthologized. His use of language is often muscular and striking and his wide reading knowledge shows in his philosophical and spiritual tendencies. His adherence to more traditional forms, revision and craft, and the longer poem as with other poets like Niel Wright b.1933 (who wrote the epic The Alexandrians) makes his work more unfashionable but no less important to more dominant contemporary styles and modes.

David’s poems included are from his limited edition book Genesis, a selection of his shorter, more lyrical poems, selected from many years of his writing-life. David is also the author of From the Antipodes, a long poem, and Maori-English grammar books.

As with other broadsheet features, I asked some of David’s friends to appear alongside him in honour of his work. Richard Reeve, Nick Ascroft, Blair Reeve, Peter Olds, David Eggleton, Kay McKenzie Cooke and Michael Steven answered the call.

broadsheet has never promoted an established or emerging group of New Zealand writers, and I am pleased to include new faces like Rob Hack and Hugh Isdale and welcome back Brentley Frazer from Australia and MaryJane Thomson of Wellington, who recently published her third book this year.

Mark Pirie, Wellington, November 2016”

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