AUP New Poets 6
Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart
Auckland University Press
September 10, 2020
AUP New Poets 6 stars the work of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofsky, and Chris Stewart, three unique poets who display the diversity and freshness of current New Zealand poetry. Despite their differences, these three collections can be read seamlessly together, with Kemp, Crofsky, and Stewart all commenting on common threads such as identity and memory. These themes are made unique by the tangible differences in form and setting that permeate each poet’s works, making AUP New Poets 6 a journey that jumps from Japan, to New Zealand, from fire-lit memories to poems scrawled on post-it notes, all displaying the exciting and complex new era of Kiwi poetry. Read more
The Art of Walking Upright
“The art of walking upright here is the art of using both feet”. For many New Zealanders, the very essence of being Kiwi is being part of a community that embraces both Māori and Pākehā culture.
The Art of Walking Upright is said to be Glenn Colquhoun’s love letter to the people of Te Tii in Mangonui. This anthology, he says, is “the beautiful, troubled, fertile gap between Pākehā and Māori”.
Half-way through his medical degree, Colquhoun, at age 28, felt he was emotionally and spiritually unfulfilled. Colquhoun lived for a few months in Te Tii, where he became closely involved in the local community. Read more