Guest poet – Takahe issue 90

Takahe 90I am really pleased to be the guest poet in the latest issue of Takahē, issue 90 (poetry editor: James Norcliffe), which is online now.

You can read my poems here: Guest Poet: Olivia Macassey.
And the entire issue, which has lots of great stuff – poems, essays, art, fiction, and reviews –  is online here: Takahē 90.

Launch and events: Fast Fibres Poetry 4

Fast fibres 4Launch of Fast Fibres Poetry 4: Poetry from Northland ed. Piet Nieuwland and Olivia Macassey, 2017.

When and where: Thursday 17 August, 5 to 8pm at  ONEONESIX, 116 Bank Street Whangarei.
Fast Fibres 4 is selling quite fast – if you want to grab one, contact Piet. There will be readings from poets at the launch.

Fast Fibres Poetry Four is the fourth year of an annual anthology of poetry by Northland poets. This year over forty Northland poets with a very diverse range of styles, experience and backgrounds are included. Amongst these are Martin Porter, Renee Liang, Piet Nieuwland, Shelly Arlidge, Graham Johnson, Arthur Fairley, Vaughan Gunson, Aaron Robertson, Jac Jenkins, and Mercedes Webb-Pullman.”

There will also be a second launch with readings and an open mic at the awesome King’s Theatre up in Kawakawa, and a Poetry Popup at the Whangarei library:

POETRY POPUP – Whangarei Library,  free entry. Saturday 26 August from 11am to 1pm, Whangarei Central Library
Warm down from Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day on Saturday with our POETRY POPUP at Whangarei Central Library. Please come along and read your poetry and support Fast Fibres Poetry 4. It should be fun with a busy audience of library goers. See you there!”

Kings Theatre Creative Poetry Open Mic, entry $5. Sunday 27 August 1.30 – 4pm, 80 Gillies Street Kawakawa.

Poetry reading: Kanohi Ki Te Kanohi

Kanohi Ki Te KanohiKanohi Ki Te Kanohi – Face to Face: poetry reading at Time Out in Mt Eden

Poets: Iain Britton, Bob Orr,  Selina Tusitala Marsh, Vaughan Rapatahana, Ruby Porter, Makyla Curtis, Olivia Macassey.

Iain Britton will have his new book, The Intaglio Poems!

Time Out Bookstore, 432 Mt Eden Rd, Auckland
Friday 11 August, 7-8.30 pm

Free entry.

indivisible, as if there is no passage between
the child that squatted here throwing

skeleton leaves into the eddy
and me standing braced against the black rock, staring into
the water and loving the water as if it is the water that I am like and not the stones,
those small stones shoved over one over one
another and stroked into sand in the end.

July, 2017

Multicultural OceaniaI’ve just received my copy of Poetry in Multicultural Oceania,  in which one of my poems appears, which is cool for me. This is an educational resource edited by Vaughan Rapatahana, aimed at years 6-9 and beyond. It’s packed with interesting poems and perspectives, as well as thought-provoking questions and guidance by Vaughan.

Reflecting the great diversity of cultures in the region, Poetry in Multicultural Oceania is enriched with a multitude of Aboriginal Australian, Maori, Pasifika, Asian and other voices in Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand. From this foundation it offers a teaching resource to develop students understanding and appreciation of poetry, with activities including vocabulary, language use and structure, reading and understanding, and evaluation.” – Essential Resources

This is what I am working on:

A vague and silent music stops. And it’s clear you’ve had your heart bro- -ken like a record

infinity, axiom of an axiom in set theory which lays down a condition that ensures that the domain of the theory contains a set with infinitely many members. 

– Thomas Mautner, Penguin Dictionary of Philosophy (London: Penguin, 2005)

CFS – Fast Fibres 4

Fast Fibres 3

Previous year’s edition ed Piet Nieuwland and Martin Porter

Call for submissions: Fast Fibres Poetry 4, from Northland.

Editors: Piet Nieuwland and Olivia Macassey.

Wanted: poets from Northland or with a connection to the area.

Please submit 3 poems and a two line bio. Deadline: Friday 16 June 2017. Submissions to fastfibres[at]

What I am working on

In this thirsting night
My bed is a boat, the cat
a smooth black anchor
stone. Adrift under
malevolent stars.

January, 2017

Brief issue 55Issue 55 of brief is appearing in mailboxes around NZ and further afield. I really loved editing this because I got to read so much great stuff. Our next call for papers is here.

Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2017Look for me in: Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 3, 2017, ed Jack Ross. This is a hefty 349 pages of poetry, reviews and essays and it’s also my summer reading for this month. The guest poet is the wonderful Elizabeth Morton.

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