February 27, 2011
Discussion on Arts on Sunday between Lynn Freeman and poets Mary McCallum and Jeffrey Papmoa Holman reminded me I hadn’t done my usual post on Tuesday poem.
This week’s feature poem is Olduvai Gorge Thorn Tree by Sarah Lindsay.
Among the links in the sidebar is prose and poetry about or related to the Christchurch earthquake.
InRebuilding Christchurch one sandcastle at a time – Catherine Fitchett posts photos of her daughter’s creative response to the silt.
Helen Lowe has earthquake update and earthquake recovery day 3, day 4 and day 5.
Renee Liang writes of the weed mat of humanity.
Helen Rickerby writes on the earthquake.
Belinda Hollyer writes the city of ruins will rise again.
In my city of ruins/tales of Canterbury Tim Jones writes:
. . . In an attempt to do something, anything, to make a difference, we are putting together an anthology of short stories loosely themed around survival, hope and the future. All profits of this anthology will be donated to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal, or another registered charity aimed at aiding those in need in Canterbury.
The purpose of this Anthology is two-fold—to help financially, but also, we hope, to provide entertainment and alleviation in a time of crisis. We hope that our words will help make a difference. . .
In earthquake – the words, Mary McCallum posts Earth, the poem she wrote after the September 4 quake.
UPDATE: Lou at No Minister has a photo of Olduvai Gorge, the setting for the feature poem.
February 15, 2011
Canadian poet Lorna Crozier’s Poem for a Hard Time is this week’s Tuesday Poem.
Among the poems linked in the side bar are:
She Who Is Like The Moon by James K Baxter
In/Let by Jo Thorpe
Big Stupid Grin by Andrew Bell
Ode to Things by Pablo Neruda
Gypsy Girl by Alicia Ponder
Knowing by Helen Lowe
Old People Love by Susan Landry
Roses by Sue Wootton
Bus Stop by Harvey Malloy
February 9, 2011
Poets by Janet Frame is this Tuesday’s Poem.
Among other Tuesday poems linked in the side bar are:
Taupiri by Robert Sullivan.
Bipolar Opposites Detract by Andrew Bell.
The Way Through The Woods by Rudyard Kipling.
Dating by Mary McCallum.
The Weather Cock Points South by Amy Lowell.
February 5, 2011
This Tuesday’s poem is The H0mely Ghost by Marjory Nicholls.
Among other Tuesday poems linked in the sidebar are:
The geometry of water by Susan Landry
My Father by Andrew Bell which includes these lines:
At all the painful pinnacles of growing
my father was there like a crampon you know will not fail you. . .
That is a stunning simile and a wonderful tribute.
January 27, 2011
This Tuesday’s poem is The Physiotherapist’s Piano by Jenny Powell.
Other Tuesday Poems linked in the sidebar include:
Robert Burn’s poem O, Wert Thou in the Cauld Blast chosen by Kathleen Jones who includes a link to a reading of the poem.
Liberty by Edward Thomas.
Growing is Forever by Karlie Markle – an audio visual celebration of nature.
Broken Arm by Emma Barnes.
The Picnic by Sarah Jane Barnett.
Blackberry Picking written and read by Seamus Heaney.
Will You Dance with Me by Renee Liang.
Haiku “spring rain” by Kobayashi Issa.
Poetry is Fun by Susan Landry.
I Saw A J0lly Hunter by Charles Causley.
Clarity by Mary McCallum.
There are more – if you click on the first link you can find the rest yourself.
Love in the Early Winter by Jenny Powell.
January 12, 2011
This Tuesday’s Poem is Reading Janet Frame by Harvey McQueen, which is part of a tribute to the poet who died on Christmas Day by Mary McCallum who also posted Harvey McQueen RIP on her own blog.
Other tributes from Tuesday poets include:
After the Disaster chosen by Helen Lowe
Tribute to Harvey McQueen by Helen Rickerby at Winged Ink
Harvey McQueen 1934-2010 – an appreciation by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman
Farewell to Harvey McQueen by Saradha Koirala
Tuesday poem to remember Harvey McQueen That Selfsame Song by Thomas Hardy, from Mariana Isara
December 29, 2010
This Tuesday’s poem invites entries for the Caselberg Trust’s inaugural competition.
Among the poems linked in the sidebar which caught my attention are:
Innocent’s Song by Charles Causley.
Bouquet of Dead Flowers by David Eggleton.
Near Morning by Melissa Green.
For Thomas on His First Birthday by Andrew Ball.
House by Renee Liang.
December 24, 2010
I don’t remember where I found this nor do I know who wrote it.
But the words helped me the first Christmas after my son died and I offer it in the hope they might help someone else.
On Being A Star
hundreds of stars
and all of them
but we grow
wants us to
We become stars
by following stars
In the eyes
who cannot see
you are a fool
But for those
you are wise
The potter works
at the wheel
The potter too
is a star
But we aren’t
used to stars
We aren’t used
to stars who
in a stable
on a cross
We aren’t used
don’t make sense
losing your life
the other cheek
and being poor
for the sake
of some kingdom
I hope a star
on Christmas Day
A new one
I hope it’s bright
And shines down
To help you see
you’ve never seen before
and you are
a long time
is not easy
but it’s good
with your birth
It heals the
scared in me.
and of His
we have all
did He come
to be a star
To light our path
To help you see
need to see
all year long
Oh, how I hope
in your life
Well, just because
Because you see
I’d like to give
If you need more inspiration, you’ll find it in No Vacancy (A Christmas Story) at Bowalley Road.
December 21, 2010
This Tuesday’s poem is Why Do We Do What We Do by James Brown.
Sarah Jane Barnett who is this week’s editor paired the Tuesday Poets in a poetic version of ”Secret Santa” to post a poem or other offering by their ‘partner’ poet.
The results are linked in the sidebar and include:
How She Holds Her Head by Mary McCallum
Grapefruit by Clare Beynon
Cake With Fruit by Therese Clear
Christmas Baubles from Northland by Elizabeth Welsh
The Middle Ground by Belinda Hollyer
Elizabeth and Mary by Kathleen Jones
Kitchen Sonnets by Catherine Fitchett
Albedo by Harvey Malloy
Unnoticed by Harvey McQueen
countadowncountdownAuckland Countdown by Renee Liang
Xmas by Susan Landry
Christ in Aotearoa by Andrew Bell
Nerves by Sarah Jane Barnett
Burning With Joan of Arc by Helen Rickerby
Christmastide by Helen Lowe
Barksoup Winter by Jennifer Compton
December 15, 2010
This Tuesday’s poem is To Stuart by Alistair Te Ariki Campbell.
Other Tuesday poems linked in the sidebar include:
Mary McCallum’s Notorious Veins
Alicia Ponder’s This Way to Grandma’s
And Saradha Koirala plays Whisper Down the Lane – fun with synonyms.
December 7, 2010
This Tuesday’s poem is: Hunt the Slipper: a romantic divertissement by Jo Thorpe.
Other Tuesday poems linked in the sidebar include:
Eulogy to Battles Lost byAlicia Ponder.
The Wahine by Mary McCallum.
Tackling the Day by Pam Morrison.
Dusk by Melissa Green
November 30, 2010
Fisherman by Brian Turner is this Tuesday’s poem.
It was chosen by Emma McCleary who writes:
I love the utter quiet despair in this poem. I find that if you really listen and pay attention to the world then it’s often the small, the quiet and the unassuming people and things that have the most impact. . .
. . . This poem has a hollowing feel, a poignant sense of loss, and something that I too felt couldn’t completely be explained by words when people asked, “How are you?”
Among links to other Tuesday poems int he side bar are:
Helen Lowe’s choice Blue by Catherine Fitchett.
Catherine has just joined the Tuesday poets and her choice this week is Jim Brock’s Aubade: Good Daylight.
Helen Heath’s choice is The First Drummer Boy of Xmas by Jennifer Compton which starts:
Yesterday I was at the Mall and I heard
my first rendition of Little Drummer Boy.
Dear Lawd above – I said to myself – Xmas is hard upon us. For our sins.
It is time to head down the back paddock . . .
And at Stoatspring Harvey Malloy features Poem for a Geography Teacher by Anna Livesay.
November 23, 2010
This Tuesday’s poem is Ressurection by Michael McKimm.
Other Tuesday poets linked in the sdie bar include:
Elizabeth Welsh who went back to her childhood with Travel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Creaming Before Dawn by Helen Lehndorf – a tribute to Ruth Dalla’s Milking Before Dawn.
Alicia Ponder’s Murdering Poetry.
How She Holds Her Head by Mary McCallum.
And Havery McQueen’s choice – Piwakaka by Jeffrey Paparoa Holman.
November 16, 2010
Tuesday’s poem goes rural this week with Cow Poem by Chris Mansell.
Other Tuesday poems with links in the sidebar include:
Under the Influence by Mary McCallum.
A Manner of Speaking by Clare Beynon.
Rudyard Kipling’s Smuggler’s Song at An Affliction of Poetry took me back to primary school:
If you wake at midnight, and hear a horse’s feet,
Don’t go drawing back the blind, or looking in the street,
Them that ask no questions isn’t told a lie.
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by.
Five and twenty ponies,
Trotting through the dark –
Brandy for the Parson, ‘Baccy for the Clerk.
Laces for a lady; letters for a spy,
Watch the wall my darling while the Gentlemen go by! . .
Then there’s two which are both sad and powerful:
Vesper Sparrow’s How I died and Harvey McQueen’s Life Sentence.
November 13, 2010
The Hand That Signed the Paper by Dylan Thomas was this Tuesday’s poem.
Among the 0ther Tuesday poets linked in the side bar which caught my eye were:
Ruby the Dark Haired Girl (1887-1997) at Bigger Than Ben Hur.
How to Pour Madness into a Teacup by Abegail Morely at A Writer’s Life.
Influenza at Vesper Sparrow’s Nest.
And Masking Tape’s a Must by Clare Beynon.
November 3, 2010
This Tuesday’s poem is Truths by Helen Heath.
Alicia Ponder who selected it says:
On the surface it is straighforward, but underneath it has an elegance and grace that is quite breathtaking. I could wax lyrical, but that is hardly necessary as the poem speaks for itself. It stands alone, a beautiful truth, as rare as any jewel,. . .
It is. I’ve read it six times since coming across it on Tuesday and each time I find something more in it.
Among the links to other Tuesday poets in the sidebar are:
if it be your will by Leonard Cohen at Type What You See.
Beyond Silence by Saradha Koirala at Lalialand.
What You Take With You by Mary Mcallum.
Rural Delivery by Vivienne Plumb at Winged Ink.
The Pensioner by Harvey McQueen.
October 29, 2010
This Tuesday’s Poem is the delicious Ode to Chocolate by Barbara Crooker.
Tow other Tuesday poets who celebrated food:
Harvey McQueen with To Autumn by Ian Wedde.
Clare Beynon with her own Doris Plum.
October 20, 2010
The Time of the Giants by Anne Kennedy is this Tuesday’s Poem.
Among contributions from other Tuesday poets are:
Deep Sea Swimming by Pam Morrison at Cadence.
Harvey McQueen’s Reading Janet Frame at Stoatspring.
Sotto Voce by Clare Beynon at All Finite Things reveal Infinitude.
Thanks by W.A. Merwin at Belinda Hollyer.
Savai’i by Mary McCallum, at O Audacious Book.
And Mariana Isara at Type What You See chose Being the Poem from Walt Whitman’s preface to Leaves of Grass.