by Gill Ward and Elizabeth Coleman
Greetings to literary appreciators,
Feedback on the PTTP first 2019 session
It was great to see so many at our first 2019 poetry gathering. Thank you to Nicola Easthope, our guest poet and it was pleasing to see younger poets there too. We are aware that some of the seating and the sound system was not quite right. Gail couldn’t be there when we started but came later and saw ways to modify both these issues so there will be some tweaking before our session on March 31st.
We were touched that some of you raced up after the very successful Poetry performance at St Peter’s Hall in Paekakariki and really appreciated that.
Sorry that there was no room on the open mic board for you. Further to that, some poetry cafes have a limit on their open mic, time and number.
We have not wanted to do this hence the one poem ‘rule’. It’s important that there is time for our guest poet to read. So please also make sure your poem is no more than one page. Somewhere between 30- 35 lines. This might sound bossy but it will mean we don’t have to close the board after a given number of readers. We want to give everyone a chance – it wouldn’t be a poetry cafe without you all.
Bob Orr features on 31 March
Next month we have Bob Orr who has just published his 9th book, One hundred poems and a year. (Steele Roberts, 2018).
Vaughan Rapatahana interviewed Bob on Jacket2. This is an American website so you can read the whole interview. Here is a little about it:
Jacket2 offers commentary on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics. We publish articles, reviews, interviews, discussions and collaborative responses, archival documents, podcasts, and descriptions of poetry symposia and projects. We also publish discursive explorations and transcripts of material in the PennSound archive.
Here’s a part of the interview:
“Bob is also rather different to so many ‘modern’ poets, in that he has always paddled his own poetic waka (canoe) in and through his own currents. Oaring across his own ocean, if you will. Bob never completed any tertiary education. He never attended any university ‘creative writing’ classes in an endeavour to craft his poetry ‘better.’ Up until very recently, when he was the 2017 University of Waikato Writer in Residence, he eschewed any applications for literary grants. He rarely, if ever, uses a computer to write with or on — he doesn’t even have an email address. Indeed, he continues to write with an old style ribbon-fed typewriter. Bob Orr is a bit of a Luddite — all of which ensures that his stream of poetry flows deep from his heart and mind and is never obfuscated by the trends, tropes, and trivialities of the latest poetic fad. Like another key New Zealand poet, Sam Hunt, Bob Orr has always remained a people’s poet, by which I mean, a writer who keeps it simple, who never overreaches into pretentiousness and amorphous cleverdickism.”
The details of Sunday’s session
Bob is coming a long way, from Te Mata on the Thames Coast, to share his poetry so pencil in the date.
Poets to the People
Robert Harris Café
4 – 6 pm Sunday 31 March
We are gratified to host important New Zealand poets at Poets to the People. Our purpose right from the start was to bring stellar poets to Kapiti as it is not always easy for people to get into Wellington to readings and book launches. Hopefully we have met our objective.
Just a word – there are many events every weekend in Kapiti: music, literary, sport and more.
If you are at one of these our new venue is great for parking and we start at 4 pm. There is time to come on in. We welcome latecomers if they make a quiet entry. Latecomers are better than no-comers.
Here’s a word from Walt Whitman (Notes Left Over, 1899):
‘To have great poets, there must be great audiences too.’
We think so – and you are.