2012 is the year of the London Olympics. It is also the Alan Turing Year and the year the world might end.
But I’m calling it the Year of the Short Poem. I’m not sure why. I just wanna post some short (six or less lines) poems in my blog posts this year.
So here’s #1 (it's by me, by the way):
Children play on the floor.
The mothers are beautiful.
We negotiate the years, barbeque by barbeque.
To the Burnham Army Base! (and don’t forget your tracksuit)
There’s was a minor internet kerfuffle earlier this week over a pamphlet from an indeterminate date in which John Key appears to diss New Zealand writers, which is all the more baffling as the pamphlet is supposed to spruik a NZ literature walk. Here’s the full statement (source: Listener Online).
I have always believed we should enhance the literary skills of our young people and while our literary heroes may never challenge the glory and respect given to our All Blacks, we still need role models to inspire us.Erm. Okay.
This Literary Heritage Trail celebrates writers, poets and playwrights who have contributed to this young country’s cultural and historical life.
I hope you will take the opportunity to be part of this journey.
- Hon. John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Without presuming to being a literary hero, the statement does tempt me to organise a team of writers together to challenge the All Blacks to a Krypton Factor-style battle of brains and brawn.
Does anyone have Dougal Stevenson’s phone number?
Ghastly ghastly grows the purple blight
Around this time last year I wrote a column in the Dom Post about my hatred of agapanthus. I was pleased, therefore, to see this article online today (any discussion about the evil, ugly, insipid plant is helpful) but dismayed that the early poll results weren’t heavily in favour of banning it.
Maybe if an All Black spoke out against agapanthus??
Something I missed while travelling: A Man Melting has the unusual privilege of being on the Sunday Star Times’ 2010 and 2011 lists of best books. The original December 4 2011 article not available online but the list features on Chch City Libraries’ website.
Here's what the article had to say about AMM: "The year's most outstanding debut. Assured stories from a young writer who knows how to vary his style to suit his subject: ranges from comedy to the really dour."
Kinda shows how small a splash AMM made in 2010, eh? The same can probably be said for 2011, but it’s hard to see how it can make it three years in a row in 2012… maybe an expanded third edition??
*I originally spelt this 'ceratonin' -- one of the drawbacks of audiobooks is you aren't told/reminded how to spell technical words.
The year of the first person
I have two shortish (but not short-short) poems in Turbine 2011, which came out while I was roadtripping. And no, I’m not trying to start a new vogue for first person bio notes, this is just what I sent along with my initial submission (as in: “Hey, here are some poems and here’s a bit about me”). I never got asked for a proper bio note or got a chance to review this one, but I’m happy to let it stand.
Maybe 2012 can also be the year of the first person? Or does that sound too Biblical?