Freshly released this month, Wellington poet Helen Heath's first collection Graft (VUP) is the source of the poem at Tuesday Poem, selected by Helen Rickerby. 'Postcards' is a long poem at the heart of the book, and Helen R has extracted some of it to showcase on the international poetry hub.
She says: In this sequence the narrator is visiting Greece, seeking something (in the sequence that follows – 'Graft', we learn more about what that is). In ‘iv. Greek for Travellers’ we get phrases as if from a phrase book – and, as humans do, we join things up to make a story. The sharp-eyed humour mixed/contrasting with deep and sometimes painful feeling is a combination you’ll find quite frequently in Helen’s work.