North & South - - Letters -

To mark the 20th an­niver­sary of Phan­tom Bill­stick­ers Na­tional Po­etry Day (NPD) on Au­gust 25, 20 lead­ing Kiwi po­ets were asked to se­lect one of their own po­ems, some­thing they felt spoke to New Zealan­ders now. They also chose a poem by an emerg­ing poet, writ­ers they feel make es­sen­tial read­ing for us in 2017. The re­sult is the 20/20 Col­lec­tion – 40 po­ems by New Zealand po­ets who rep­re­sent the di­ver­sity and vi­brancy of tal­ent in our con­tem­po­rary na­tional lit­er­a­ture.

The 20/20 Col­lec­tion will be pub­lished in groups of 10 po­ems be­tween now and Po­etry Day (visit www.po­et­ry­day.co.nz). Among the fea­tured po­ets is Cilla Mcqueen, whose cho­sen emerg­ing poet is David Kāre­naHolmes. Of his poem “Your Be­ing” (from his po­etry col­lec­tion Gen­e­sis, Maun­gatua Press, 2009), Mcqueen says: “It seems that some­times, at a mo­ment of in­ten­sity which is just too much for ‘this world’, you cast your mind into the night sky and speak from outer space.”

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