Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Tuesday Poem this week celebrates National Poetry Day
In the lead up to Poetry Day on Friday, Tuesday Poem's editor this week - Renee Liang - has posted poems by the three finalists in the NZ Book Awards for poetry. There's 'About the Fog' by Cilla McQueen, 'When things get broken we recount their history' by Kate Camp and finally - from 'Mauri Ola – Contemporary Polynesian Poems in English (Whetu Moana II)', Renee's selected a poem by Alohi Ae’a called 'Halawai'.
Renee's thoughtful post ends with this comment: 'I’m in Christchurch at the moment and walk to work every day past buildings that are broken, that symbolize loss, yet by their loss remind us of the important links to the past. I think that’s why I like these poems – they rebuild in words the lost objects, acting as both commemoration and reconstruction. Lost things are less lost if they are found again in poetry.'
In the sidebar of Tuesday Poem you can find a host of other poems celebrating National Poetry Day including work by Joan Fleming, Wallace Stevens, Jennifer Compton and Vincent O'Sullivan. This week of all weeks if you haven't tried Tuesday Poem, now's the time....