It’s National Poetry Day.
A week of it by Dinah Hawken features as this week’s Tuesday Poem.
Poems chosen by other Tuesday poets linked in the side bar include:
How I find the time to write by Renée Liang.
Everything is for a very short time by Jennifer Compton.
After Brain Trauma by Orchid Tierney.
Tooth by Siobhan Harvey.
Saturn’s Riddle by Fiona Sampson.
Men Briefly Explained by Tim Jones.
Things by Fleur Adcock.
After the Funeral by Helen Lowe.
Perspective by Alicia Ponder.
Autumn Day by Anna Livesey.
Through A Dream by Colin Webster-Watson.
Matsuo Basho by Matsuo Basho.
Vicarage Kids by Ruth Arnison.
Abseiling At the Ellice St Quarry by Laurice Gilbert.
Martyrdom of Friend James by Catherine Bateson
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
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.