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feathers in their hair, with paintbrushes for fingers and flutes for mouths. Ben Kemp, our first poet coming down the line from Papua New Guinea. She was a Rising Voices National Finalist and the 2015 UoA Slam Champion. I’m not sure any poet truly accepts themselves! The contrast and the juxtaposition of colours has always inspired me. Each poem starts off with the phrase “I am”, working through whatever ‘I’ decides to be on that page. It can actually affect my relationships, like, if all I want to do is sit down and write a poem, and someone else needs me to do something, then I can get quite irritated. The events and mahi that did occur during this time is pretty special. NEWSROOM Surrey Hotel Residency 2020. Through her practice she investigates social connection: how we form identities through intimacy, inheritance, location and violence. Tokyo was where he discovered his passion for Kabuki theatre and Japanese film and literature. She has written for The Spinoff, Gloria Books, New Zealand Herald, Dear Journal, Hainamana and other serious publishing places. [Part one] Vaughan Rapatahana (new) Malaysia at dusk. 0 Comments Leave a Reply. The poem ‘dumplings are fake’ sits on the page with verses and measured space, moves with a conversational flow and that characteristic probe into self. Vanessa Mei Crofskeyis an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. I think I wanted to make my process of retraction and deletion visible, to show the process that occurs prior to a surface feeling smooth. I do try to make my sentences sound ‘correct’. What ideas do you want to ‘get at’ in this way? Vanessa Crofskey (born in 1996) is a writer and artist of Hokkien Chinese and Pākehā descent. He carries Aotearoa into every poem, regardless of the setting, while his experience in Japan also deeply permeates his point of view. The father is wakened by a teething baby at night. He has a BA in History and Art History with minors in English and Education from the University of Otago and two graduate diplomas in teaching. Vanessa Crofskey, our first poet to lead us to include fold-outs and colour in a poetry book (and excel graphs and arrival cards). : JULY; IF I’M A WATER-BEARING … I keep reading Ben’s poems and adjusting what I think poetry is and what it might be. ( Log Out / Through her practice she investigates social connection: how we form identities through intimacy, inheritance, location and violence. Ben currently lives in New Guinea with his diplomatic wife and three children. She lives in Auckland, New Zealand, dreams of Wellington and studies sculpture. Ben Kemp works as a primary school teacher in Papua New Guinea where he has lived for the past three years with his diplomat wife and three children. I like using metaphor and imagery to surprise people, which makes them have to reorient themselves in a written landscape. Vanessa to Ben: Writing from the perspective of being a Māori person living in Japan feels both curious and insightful, a place to discover both foreign and common cultural connections anew. 4/23/2020 0 Comments Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand. I definitely edit stuff if I think it needs to ‘sound better’ or if there are awkward sentence structures that need ‘smoothing out’. I hitched a ride on that wind-blowing orchestra, my consciousness, and perfect white sunlight on a vast bed of sand …. Vanessa Crofskey Chris Stewart Anna Jackson Plus others to be announced In stores now: Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today. Vanessa Mei Crofskey reads ‘”Something in the Water” by Brooke Fraser’ This poem was published in the latest issueof Starling(Starling10). Vanessa Crofskey is the author of AUP New Poets 6 (4.67 avg rating, 6 ratings, 3 reviews) Vaughan Rapatahana presents Part 2 of his feature on New Zealand Asian women poets. Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. How is it different to other structural techniques that you could have chosen to separate the units of meaning within the poem? Vanessa to Chris: I am interested in how the domestic unfolds into the astronomical in your writing. Turn over the page, and again there is a shift between light and dark, a sense of awe: This is poetry at its rejuvenating best. As artists, we are all searching for new ground. Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today. She is also a two-time poetry slam champion and award-winning theatre maker but we promise that doesn’t detract from the rest of her career and personality. Also a source of guilt. ‘I’ thus becomes a cave, a bear, a dog, a fireman, a mysterious object, a liar, a void, a ghost, a location. So I’m sorry that our launch can only be virtual because I would have loved to see Vanessa and Chris in live action (and Ben coming in over the ether) but thanks to Paula for hosting us here and to the great team who made the book: editor Nic Ascroft and proofer Louise Belcher; designer Greg Simpson; Creative New Zealand for the funding and the lovely AUP team, Katharina Bauer, Sophia Broom and Andy Long. It comes down to our mother tongue, to languages that are imposed, expectations on how we use language, and our own private relationships with how we speak ourselves. And Chris Stewart, well his poetry is from Christchurch as a husband and a father, which may or may not be a first for us but we like it very much. They are a staff writer at The Pantograph Punch, have a collection of poems out in AUP New Poets 6, and often write about the water. Punctuation tends to ‘direct’ the reader, and I don’t want to do that. The poem spins on the page, a spinning vignette of fatherhood, sharp, on edge, knowing. I think that’s what beauty feels like to me, dangerous and bumpy, so it didn’t make sense for the way it was written to be glossy. Chris to Ben: My favourite poem of yours is Ranginui’s tomb. He regularly attends the monthly open mic event ‘Catalyst’, a forum for literary and performance poets in Christchurch. Vanessa to Chris: Ben might have asked u this already!!! As a person: my priority is family. She advocates for complex trauma survivors and those with attention deficit disorder, plus is very funny and knows a lot about what snacks to eat. Vanessa graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts (2017). being both Maori and Pakeha. 249341-F-A.rYur-r'l-,i~- . ' This poem was published in the latest issue of Starling (Starling 10). Vanessa 梅 Crofskey is an interdisciplinary artist and writer living in Tāmaki Makaurau. Vanessa Mei Crofskey is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. Kiwi Asian women poets have strong opinions. As she does so, writing poetry is testing and playing with form, discovering form. Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today.Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. I think that most of the poetry I read comes from NZ poets; I like to keep up to date with the contemporary journals, and of course there may be some features of language that happen subconsciously in my poems that are just because I’m ‘a New Zealander’, but putting ‘New Zealandness’ into my poems is not something that is ever at the forefront of my mind when I sit down to write. ABOUT. Underground are the ancestors lined up in single file. Vanessa Mei Crofskey reads ‘”Something in the Water” by Brooke Fraser’. I want people to think about what’s been removed and hidden, and perhaps why. softer in the tractor tracks, we tough hands. Years later, I came into contact with the films of Akira Kurosawa, and I was immediately struck by a familiar energy. I think it’s ironic that people own your identity more than you do yourself. Change ). Thanks everyone – do mark this book on your list to buy once bookshops are back in business. How important do you think space on the page is to a poem, and what informs your choices about that in terms of form? His lens is so wide, but he is able to pull it all together into his single stream of consciousness. A big shout out to the Sweet Mammalian crew for selecting it (Hannah Mettner, Magnolia Wilson, and Morgan Bach); I think it was the second poem that I ever got published, and it really made me think, ‘yeah, I can do this’. I feel quite guilty if I think I’m not ‘present’ for my kids. Vanessa has written for The Pantograph Punch, Dear Journal, Hainamana, Scum Mag and the NZ Herald, and performed at this year’s Auckland Writer’s Festival. Between 2003 and 2010 he recorded three studio albums with his band Uminari and toured in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. That’s the fun bit. There are a couple of poems in there that I’ve punctuated ‘correctly’. Each volume features three poets, a number of whom have since published highly regarded collections of their own (for example Chris Tse, Sonya Yelich, Reihana Robinson). I mean, childbirth is kind of a cosmic experience. In poetry, I don’t think clarity is a primary purpose; there are a lot of interesting effects that happen in the reader’s mind as they read without punctuation. After completing the course at the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2015, winning The Margaret Mahy Prize, his poems have been published in New Zealand journals such as Snorkel, Takahē, Sweet Mammalian, Brief, Catalyst, Mimicry, Blackmail Press, and Aotearotica. There is so much in this anthology, poems about whale strandings, teething, dispossession, loss, the pain of physical exercise, the embarrassment of swimwear, the gravity of responsibility, the love you feel with the shiver of your skin, friends to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a parent to the rescue, cherry blossom, the chatter of 10.000 sea-gulls, clean sheets, rice, bathing a child, white washed pages, red ink and more. They are a staff writer at The Pantograph Punch, have a collection of poems out in AUP New Poets 6, and often write about the water. She is interested in the space of contemporary language as an object of violent imposition, as well as a tool for intentional resistance. Food also forms the cornerstone of a culture. I think that the title ‘The Japanese Moko’ is very risky, but I was happy to put it out there. The poem/vessel is so short/small, but I feel that I was able to get both Japanese and Maori words/images to snuggle into each other comfortably. She graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a degree in Sculpture in 2017. Poetry Shelf Monday Poem: Pippi Jean’s ‘What We Owe to Each Other’, Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Anna Jackson reviews Bill Manhire’s Wow at ANZL, Poetry Shelf: 8 Poets pick favourite 2020 poetry reads, Poetry Shelf noticeboard: takahē 100 launched, Poetry Shelf noticeboard: Ursula Bethell Residency 2021, Poetry Shelf reading room: A. Davida Jane’s Every Dark Waning. I fear for the environment and our disregard for it horrifies and frightens me. AUP New Poets 6 eBook: Crofskey, Vanessa, Kemp, Ben, Stewart, Chris, Jackson, Anna: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store Vanessa is an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. The book is beautiful – I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it soon. IDK whether that’s what you meant, though. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Vanessa Crofskey is a writer and artist whose style has been described as both introspective and “on fire”. Yes, family is the glue that holds the sequence together, along with the poet’s astute and probing gaze into experience. Paula Green is a poet, children's author, reviewer and anthologist living on Auckland's West Coast. Vanessa Crofskeyis an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. You can order the book from your favourite bookshop once they are open. I loved the flow and sound of the sentences, but can you expand on what meaning the last line ‘the tree that grows in someone else’s garden’ has for you? She has performed in Auckland, Wellington and Kuala Lumpur. “I didn’t realise that what I was doing could be termed poetry. It moves from Ben Kemp’s slow-paced attentive readings of place and people, in a selection moving between Japan and New Zealand, to the velocity of Vanessa Crofskey’s fierce, funny, intimate and political poetry, which takes the form of shopping lists, post-it notes, graphs, erasures, a passenger arrival card and even *poetry*, and finally to Chris Stewart’s visceral take on the domestic, the nights cut to pieces by teething, the gravity of love and the churn of time. I’ve started to have very little patience for people who waste my time, too, because having kids means you have to be efficient if you want to achieve anything. Poet Erik Kennedy says a few words and reads a poem by Chris Stewart: And now for the AUP poets (Chris Stewart, Ben Kemp and Vanessa Crofskey): Vanessa Crofskey reads ‘I used to play the silent game even during the lunch breaks’, https://nzpoetryshelf.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/silent-game-aup-6-vc-recording.m4a. I am hard pressed to think of a poet who has evoked birth, fatherhood, parenthood, so beautifully. I also often use space to replace punctuation because it declutters the page. What is interesting to you, or important, about using the phrases of the original languages (without necessarily prefacing or explaining them)? Miles Davis claimed that the most important notes were the ones you don’t play. The collection was launched on Poetry Shelf during lockdown, level four, with a series of readings, poems and interviews. So you’re always battling against something or clearing away the debris before you find your pathway. And in AUP NEW POETS 6 (our second in the new format, this time a book in rumpled bed sheets), the poets turn things inside out and upside down. Her work is informed by waterways, shifting identities and the resonance of trauma and intimacy. Chris to Vanessa: In the poem ‘Beauty‘, I’m interested in the ‘redaction’ technique you’ve employed. 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