The Gift of Poetry

I love getting presents, especially when they are precisely what I want at that moment in time. But if I could only get one more present for the rest of my life, it would be this: a poem written exclusively for me, by one of the poets I truly love. I would want to meet […]

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Gender Matters Matter

I dug this poem out today – I must have written it when I was around 9 or 10. What a laugh. I’ll admit, along with some subtle editing, I’ve made one significant change today – Elly has changed from a boy to a girl elephant (and without the complicated surgery.) Recently I read an opinion piece […]

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After the party

As our bodies collide and we miss each other, I start thinking of all the times we have touched but not touched. I open my mouth to tell you this then shut it again without saying a word. Our bodies part and we tuck and fold, packaging ourselves up again, gifting ourselves once more to everything […]

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The Most Usual Lie

I wrote this poem yesterday – not specifically for Valentine’s Day, but I guess the subject matter fits. x The Most Usual Lie To tell you the truth, there is too much everything in the phrase “I love you”. Forever and an instant. It is the universal adaptor. Plug it in, and it will power […]

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I-Land

Recently I found out that a literary magazine (Takahē, published quarterly here in New Zealand) is keen to publish one of my short stories. In the same week, I learned that I am one of two runners-up in a writing competition I entered a couple of months ago. (I can’t tell you any more details as they […]

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Jasper the despot cat

I love cats. I own two – Samantha and Lucy – and our neighbourhood is full of them. There is only one, however, of note: Jasper, the cat next door. He’s huge. He’s intimidating. He scares the living bejesus out of my two poor little girls. You always know when he’s coming because, incongruously, this huge boy wears […]

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The Muse

I started this poem many years ago and could never finish it. Finally, two weeks ago, I did it. It reflects my interest in all things macabre and supernatural – and my love for writing poetry with intricate rhyming. To me the music of a poem is just as important as the story it tells. […]

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small talk

you tell me I’m beautiful i say the same you wake up beside me then ask me my name that’s small talk, nowadays

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The Riches of Love

I wrote this poem in the late ’90s. It was published in The Collection of New Zealand Poetry & Prose, 2001. I originally called it “The Troubadour” because it felt more like a song than a poem to me. Then I realised that the song was being sung by a woman – and a female troubadour […]

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