Guest Post: Tim Jones interviews Keith Westwater about Tongues of Ash

Today’s guest post: Tim Jones (author of Men Briefly Explained) interviews Keith Westwater (author of Tongues of Ash). Thanks Keith and Tim! 1) The publisher of Tongues of Ash, Interactive Publications, has described the collection as ‘travel poetry’. Is that how you see the collection? I must admit, when I first saw the term I was […]

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Guest Post: Keith Westwater interviews Tim Jones about Men Briefly Explained

Today’s guest post: Keith Westwater (author of Tongues of Ash) interviews Tim Jones (author of Men Briefly Explained). Thanks Tim and Keith! 1) Is it possible to explain men, briefly or otherwise? It would probably take a much longer book than mine to do that job full justice. I guess that Men Briefly Explained attempts […]

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Book Review: Private Bestiary: Selected Unpublished Poems, 1944-1993 by Kendrick Smithyman, edited by Scott Hamilton

Private Bestiary: Selected Unpublished Poems, 1944-1993 by Kendrick Smithyman, edited by Dr Scott Hamilton, Titus Books, ISBN 9781877441172, RRP $34.95, Available now. Poetry, to me, is like music. You feel it in your soul. Even if you can’t play a note/write a sonnet to save yourself, you still know good music/poetry. Kendrick Smithyman is probably […]

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Book Review: Livin’ Ina Aucklan’ by Michael O’Leary

This collection is summed up in the title poem: “Romance is not confined to the Orient Express/ and Mount Albert is as important as Montmatre/ if you live there.”

Livin’ ina Aucklan’ is a love letter to the city. The collection is divided geographically and places are named (The Eden Terrace Factory, Penrose Railway Station, Grafton Graveyard), giving them a recognition and a power which must’ve been revolutionary when the collection was first published.

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