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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Stephen Oliver pays tribute to Warren Dibble
for Warren Dibble
me back my words. A reminder.
voice I knew immediately. My words gave me
half recalled, how could it be otherwise?
them in a different register,
for the first time, remade. They had all gathered,
words, in spontaneous,
a rendezvous. Whether this was expectation or
greeting, or decisive farewell,
town square, down highway, for one moment,
not tell, those words, disowned, independent.
back to me within the single minded
of your voice, tremulous, through the cable
the Tasman Sea.
phone call reversed its charge and two poems
me newly. Then you hung up.
more needed saying. A gift.
“Warren Dibble 1931-2014—playwright, poet, Burns Fellow,
University of Otago 1969—lived in Sydney for over four decades. Warren removed
himself from the literary circus years ago. Comfortably into his early 80s, he
continued to write but did not publish. Warren was one of the wittiest men I
had ever met. His poetry and other writings are as good as any writer who has
achieved genuine acclaim in NZ letters, past or present. Vale”