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.
Friday, August 12, 2016
A Poetry Competition with a Twist for National Poetry Day
write poetry and like a challenge? Nelson-born artist and poet Charles Olsen
runs the online Spanish poetry project called ‘Palabras Prestadas’ or ‘Given Words’ and is inviting poets in New
Zealand to participate in a special one-off English version of the project.
can submit one poem but there is a twist: the poem has to include five words
which have been chosen especially for the occasion by the Australian poet Les
Murray. These come from his poem ‘High Speed Trap Space’ and they are: walled,
crane-swing, jaw, blubber and blurts. The
words can be in any order and verbs can change tense.
This is one
of a number of poetry competitions in which you can participate in the run up
to the 26th of August, Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2016
– New Zealand’s 19th annual celebration of poetry and poets. This
year almost 100 events will unleash the power of poetry across the
Words’ competition is free to enter and is open to all New Zealand citizens. A
selection of the poems will be published online and the best poem will be
translated into Spanish and receive a copy of the collection of poetry Antípodas by Charles Olsen (published in
Spain by Huerga y Fierro, 2016, bilingual edition). The ‘Given Words’ project
has been running since 2011 and a number of New Zealand poets have donated
words to the Spanish editions including New Zealand’s current poet laureate C.
Entry Details: Free entry. Open to all NZ
citizens. Maximum length 200 words. Only one poem per person. The poem must
include the five words above. Submit your poem by email including your full name
and town of residence to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are now open and close at
midnight on National Poetry Day, 26th of August.