Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Monday, May 27, 2013
Issue 11 of broadsheet: new nz poetry available now
The eleventh issue of broadsheet: new nz poetry
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).
Here is the Preface to the issue by the editor Mark Pirie:
This issue features the poetry of the North American poet Cameron La
Follette. It’s an honour to include her work in broadsheet.
I first published Cameron’s poetry in an
issue of Poetry Notes, the first Poetry Archive of New Zealand Aotearoa
newsletter in Autumn 2010.
Cameron co-founded the Classic Poetry Group
in her hometown of Salem, Oregon.
She had an interest in English-language classic poetry, and through her own
researches discovered Australian and New Zealand
poetry. She became the Australia
and New Zealand
editor for RPO (Representative Poetry Online), which is a project of the University of Toronto,
in hopes of making the classic poetry of those two countries more available to
North Americans. Both Niel Wright and I continue to help Cameron with her
research in this area.
Niel then started archiving Cameron’s own
poetry in New Zealand
in A4 hand-made books, which he deposited into the Alexander Turnbull Library
at the National Library of New Zealand. The project when complete will run to
1,300 of Cameron’s poems, a unique archive for the Turnbull Library to have in Wellington.
Cameron has been writing poetry since
childhood, but dedicated herself to it upon returning to Oregon
from New York in 2001, after sixteen
years there. In New York
she worked as a writer and legal researcher while studying first for her Law
degree, and then for a Master’s degree in Psychology. Back in Oregon,
she now works for a nonprofit organization as an environmental advocate
protecting Oregon’s coast. In 2006
one book of her poetry was published by a small press in Oregon.
La Follette’s poetry is lyrical, passionate,
classical and traditional in approach centred around nature and wildlife themes
and with classical mythology and spirituality at her core. In this mode,
Cameron’s work is impressive and her overall oeuvre is building up to being
Elsewhere in this issue is new work by
Richard Berengarten, the renowned UK
poet, along with work by Michael Duffett, of California.
It’s great to feature poets who haven’t
appeared previously in broadsheet. The work of talented writers like Pearlie
Reeves, the late Erihapeti Murchie, John Dennison, Laura Morris and Zarah
Butcher-McGunnigle appears for the first time. As well, O E Hugo, a poet I came
across quite recently in the Otago Witness newspaper from the 19th century also
appears. Hugo is another of New Zealand’s
long forgotten poets who rewards rediscovery.
Mark Pirie, Wellington,
broadsheet is published twice a year in May