Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Tuesday Poem

The Tuesday Poem this week is "Papatoetoe Poems" by Tony Beyer, selected by Keith Westwater: http://tuesdaypoem.blogspot.co.nz/2015/06/papatoetoe-poems-by-tony-beyer.html

Keith says about "Papatoetoe Poems":

I wasn't quite sure what I was going to find when I started reading the poems, other than reconnections with shared past places. What I also found were images that resonated with me - the words on the headstones in this detached green fingertip, and loose metal at the road-side/signed by footprints and hooves, and a line of poplars/thrashing as the wind comes on.

Tony's ability to evoke through his writing a universal New Zealand 1950s suburbia through these particular Papatoetoe instances impressed me - the billy left out for milk, the telephone party line, the paspalum fringing the clothesline, the boy across the road who was left behind in the childhood we all shared.

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