National Poetry Day YO

It is National Poetry Day. You’ve still got until 5pm tonight to enter our competition.

Here are some tantalising samples of the poems entered so far

Woman and child pause
to rest on a flat, seat-like rock
that peers out to sea … (Shanee Barraclough)

After a while, the watched pot boils,
and I throw in handfuls of pasta.
Hotly splashing and then sinking,
like so many tiny slippers or even little toenails …  (Sile Mannion)

Fernbank Studio: away past elsewhere is a Christchurch Art Gallery exhibition at our Central Library Peterborough. It features a selection of hand-printed books, broadsides and ephemera from Fernbank Studio, a private press run by Brendan O’Brien in Wellington. One of New Zealand’s foremost letterpress printers, O’Brien has printed books for significant poets and artists including Bill Manhire, Jenny Bornholdt, Joanna Margaret Paul, Gregory O’Brien, Mari Mahr, Ralph Hotere and Pip Culbert. Fernbank Studio: away past elsewhere showcases the collaborative relationship that exists between poets, artists and the printer.

More Christchurch events & competitions

Be poetic out there.

Allen Curnow, Denis Glover, Bob Lowry, and unidentified friend.. Williams, Bridget :Photographs used in Port Nicholson Press biography of James K Baxter. Ref: PAColl-2146-008. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23135745
Allen Curnow, Denis Glover, Bob Lowry, and unidentified friend. Williams, Bridget: Photographs used in Port Nicholson Press biography of James K Baxter. Ref: PAColl-2146-008. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23135745

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