Love of Welling­ton

Horowhenua Chronicle - - FAMILY NOTICES - Linda Thomp­son

Big Weather: Poems of Welling­ton Se­lected by Gre­gory O’Brien and Louise St John, Pen­guin Ran­dom House, $30

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Welling­ton is not a city that leaves any­one un­moved. I’m a bit bi­ased, born there and head­ing back for ter­tiary study, but as they say, you can’t beat Welling­ton on a good day.

Ex­cept that good day was on a Wed­nes­day last Oc­to­ber. Mostly it’s cold, damp, and windy with steep streets, bu­reau­crats and politi­cians and trains that don’t run on time.

This is a rere­leased col­lec­tion of poems about the city which James K Bax­ter called “the ster­ile whore of a thou­sand bu­reacrats”. His poems are here, along with Fleur Ad­cock, Allen Curnow, De­nis Glover, Sam Hunt, Fiona Kid­man, Bill Man­hire, Kather­ine Mans­field, Vin­cent O’Sul­li­van.

Among them all they have nicely cap­tured the na­ture of a city with a dozen dif­fer­ent moods, a peo­ple crafted by its fickle weather and the beau­ti­ful bays that en­gen­der such af­fec­tion from any­one who has ever lived there. This is a lovely lit­tle book to dip into when­ever the wind blows and the ferry lurches into the har­bour.

“This is my city, the hills and har­bour wa­ter I call home, the grey sky rac­ing over the head­lands, awk­ward nar­row streets that stirred me long ago ... ” Lau­ris Ed­mond.

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