Kiwi poet published in international magazine
A late blooming Auckland poet has been published by an international arts and cultural magazine.
Mt Eden resident Maris O’Rourke’s poem Spells to Tame Children made a shortlist of 60 poems from 2500 entries submitted to United Kingdom’s Aesthetica magazine.
Emerging and established writers competed for a spot from more than 40 countries including Australia, Canada, the USA, France, Germany, Japan, China, Ireland and the UK.
The idea for O’Rourke’s poem came after studying her family history and realising she had questions for her late mother and then wondering if her own children had questions for her.
O’Rourke interviewed her sons about their childhood memories, the best and worst things that happened, what sort of mother she’d been and questions they’d like to ask her.
Her sons’ answers were ‘‘distilled down’’ into the winning poem.
‘‘It was very horrible, very honest, very direct,’’ O’Rourke said.
Despite the success of her poem O’Rourke came to poetry late, after spending more than 30 years working in the education sector.
O’Rourke is now working on a memoir called Zigzags and Leapfrogs and just graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a masters in creative writing.