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Contents:



  1. Papyri: Love-poems & fragments
    from Sappho & elsewhere
    (2007)





  2. Ovid in Otherworld (2006)





  3. The Puppet Oresteia (2008)





  4. The Britney Suite (2003)





  5. 31 Days (2009)





  6. Case Studies (2001)





  7. Flying Blind (2009)





  8. Theme & Variations (2010)





  9. Celanie: Poems & Drawings after Paul Celan (2010-12)





  10. Melbourne Notebook (2011-12)





  11. A Clearer View of the Hinterland (2014)




[Bruegel the Elder: The Tower of Babel (1525)]

Friday

Notes to A Clearer View of the Hinterland (2014)



[Cover design: Brett Cross / Cover image: Graham Fletcher]


A Clearer View of the Hinterland

Poems & Sequences
1981-2014

by Jack Ross


ISBN 978-0-473-29640-7


Online Notes


Contents:

Some of these poems have appeared in more than one place, sometimes in variant versions. I’ve tried to record, in each case, the first publication of the text reprinted in the body of the collection.

All 33 poems and sequences have been assigned to particular years. The dates in parentheses below each of them do, however, give a more accurate record of the actual period of composition.



  1. Tanera Beag (1981)


  2. Published:

    Tango, “a literary rage”. Auckland University Literary Handbook 1982. Edited by David Eggleton (Auckland: Auckland University Students’ Association, 1982): 14.
    Tanera Beag (3/6/81)


    Notes:

    Tanera Beag (in Gaelic: “little Tanera”) is one of the Summer Isles off the West Coast of Scotland, just north of Ullapool, near where my Gaelic-speaking grandmother, Mary Ross (née Maclean) was born in 1894.


  3. Antipodes (1998)
    Midsummer Xmas
    Strange Meeting
    Morning Swim
    Commuter


  4. Published:

    Golden Weather: North Shore Writers Past and Present. Poems edited by Jack Ross / Prose edited by Graeme Lay. ISBN 0-908561-96-2 (Auckland: Cape Catley, 2004): 162-63.
    Antipodes:
    Midsummer Xmas (22/12/97)
    Strange Meeting (3/1/98)
    Morning Swim (11/1/98)
    Commuter (5/1/98)


    Notes:

    Falaise, in "Morning Swim," is French for a “cliff overlooking the sea”. There doesn’t appear to be a precise English equivalent for this word.


  5. Except Once (1998)


  6. Published:

    NZ Listener, vol. 174 / 3140 (July 15-21, 2000): 44.
    Except Once (17/3/98)


  7. from Travel Sonnets (1998)
    Reading U. K. Le Guin
    Simple
    Rental
    After Supervielle & Apollinaire


  8. Published:

    When the Sea Goes Mad at Night (anthology). Poems by Alison Denham, Robin McConnell, Theresia Liemlienio Marshall, Jade Reidy, Jack Ross, and Apirana Taylor. Edited by Theresia Liemlienio Marshall. ISBN 0-473-06460-X (Birkenhead, Auckland: Christian Gray New Zealand, 1999-2000): 86-100.
    Travel Sonnets:
    2 – Reading U. K. Le Guin (27/1/98)
    5 – Simple (3/2/98)
    7 – Rental (8/2/98)
    Sonnet (after Supervielle & Apollinaire) (2/98)


    Notes:

    The novel by Ursula K. Le Guin referred to in the first of these poems is her utopian fantasy The Dispossessed (1982). The words in German are from Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Orpheus. Eurydike. Hermes.” The two French poems sampled from in the last poem (by, respectively, Jules Supervielle and Guillaume Apollinaire) can be found on pp. 139 & 158 of The Penguin Book of French Verse: 4 – The Twentieth Century, ed. Anthony Hartley (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1969).


  9. A Clearer View of the Hinterland (1998)


  10. Published:

    Spin 36 (2000): 51.
    A Clearer View Of The Hinterland (7-10/7/98)


    Notes:

    For more information on the late Rev. Leicester Kyle, please see the introduction to my selection from his posthumous literary remains The Millerton Sequences (Auckland: Atuanui Press, 2014). This is also available online at: http://jackrossopinions.blogspot.co.nz/2013/08/introducing-leicester-kyle-2014.html.


  11. God’s Spy (1998)
    1 – Cover
    2 – Code
    3 – Stories
    4 – Safe House
    5 – Signs
    6 – The Opposition
    7 – Inside
    8 – Blown


  12. Published:

    Fourth Birthday Celebration. nzepc (4/3/05). [Available at: http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/features/birthday/ross.asp]
    God's Spy:
    1 – Cover (20/2/98)
    2 – Code (6/3/98)
    3 – Stories (5/3/98)
    4 – Safe House (23/12/96)
    5 – Signs (27/4/98)
    6 – The Opposition (31/4/98)
    7 – Inside (31/4/98)
    8 – Blown (20/5/98)


    Notes:

    “It is, before all, to make you see” was Joseph Conrad’s classic recipe for realist fiction, as expresed in the preface to his 1897 novel The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’.


  13. Withdrawal Symptoms (1999)


  14. Published:

    NZ Listener, vol. 179 / 3196 (August 11-17, 2001): 62.
    Withdrawal Symptoms (26/1/99-24/6/2000)


    Notes:

    The authors of these imaginary ads in the personal columns are intended to be – respectively – Clytemnestra, Julius Caesar, Lucrezia Borgia and Jack the Ripper, though I suspect this extra layer of meaning may have so far eluded the majority of readers.


  15. Out Being Alienated (1999)
    1 – Came here the other night for a sticky
    2 – The perfect mixer for the perfect city
    i – Viaduct Basin
    ii – Whiplash
    iii – The Street-Vendor
    3 – Be honest
    4 – Give me a reason to boogie down
    5 – The perpetual time of never coming back


  16. Published:

    Orange Roughy: Poems & Stories for Tazey. Edited by Jack Ross & Bronwyn Lloyd. ISBN 978-0-473-13179-1 (Auckland: Pania Press, 2008): 51-55.
    Out Being Alienated:
    1 – Came here the other night for a sticky (20/5/99)
    2 – The perfect mixer for the perfect city
    i – Viaduct Basin (20/5/99)
    ii – Whiplash (18/6/99)
    iii – The Street-Vendor (10/6/99)
    3 – Be honest (20/5/99)
    4 – Give me a reason to boogie down (22/6/99)
    5 – The perpetual time of never coming back (21/6/99)


    Notes:

    The references in the fourth of these poems are to Boris Pasternak’s wartime book of poems Na Ranikh Poyezdakh [On Early Trains] (1942); Kendrick Smithyman’s Atua Wera (1997); and W. H. Auden’s 1938 poem “Gare du Midi.” Dark Carnival, in the fifth, is the title of Ray Bradbury’s first, 1947, collection of short stories.


  17. Auckland Girl (1999)


  18. Published:

    Spin 34 (1999): 50-51.
    Auckland Girl (9/2/99)


  19. The Britney Suite (2000)
    Paul Celan, SCHNEEPART
    SNOWPART
    Wendy Nu , keith partridge y yo
    Paul Celan, ERZFLITTER
    ORESPARK
    Nouvelle vague
    Paul Celan, KALK-KROKUS
    CHALK-CROCUS
    Wendy Nu, mr darling writes to penthouse forum
    Paul Celan, DAS GEDUNKELTE
    DARK
    It’s always too late …
    Paul Celan, BEIDHÄNDIGE
    BOTH-HANDED


  20. Published:

    The Britney Suite. By Paul Celan, Wendy Nu & Jack Ross (Auckland: Perdrix Press, 2001)

    [Paul Celan:] SCHNEEPART, gebäumt, bis zuletzt …(22/1/68)
    Snowpart (24/10-30/11/2000)
    [Wendy Nu:] keith partridge y yo (6/9-21/10/2000)
    [Paul Celan:] ERZFLITTER, tief im … (20/7/68)
    Orespark (24/10-30/11/2000)
    Nouvelle vague (25/7-26/8-20/10-26/10/2000)
    [Paul Celan:] KALK-KROKUS, im … (24/8/68)
    Chalk-Crocus (24/10-28/11/2000)
    [Wendy Nu:] mr darling writes to penthouse forum (6/9-21/10/2000)
    [Paul Celan:] DAS GEDUNKELTE Splitterecho … (5/9/68)
    Dark (24/10-28/11/2000)
    It’s always too late … (4-16/11/2000)
    [Paul Celan:] BEIDHÄNDIGE Frühe … (29/9/69)
    Both-Handed (24/10-28/11/2000)


    Notes:

    All quotations from Britney Spears have been extracted from Marcelle Katz’s interview, “Oops, she did it again …” NZ TV Guide (October 13, 2000) 6-7. The “Cut Above” advertisement was taken from the New Zealand Herald (November 6, 2001) C7. The passages in French in “Nouvelle vague” are quoted from ]ean-Luc Godard, Nouvelle Vague (München: ECM, 1997). They can be translated as follows: “Islam is not a religion of doubt, like ours: there is certainty there.” “Mr Darling,” in the sixth of these poems (attributed to “Wendy Nu”) is intended as a reference to the character in J. M. Barrie’s play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up (1904).


  21. After Apollinaire (1999)


  22. Published:

    Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems. Edited by Paula Green. ISBN 978-1-86979-762-1 (Auckland: Godwit, 2012): 104-5.
    After Apollinaire (10/3/99)


    Notes:

    From Guillaume Apollinaire, “Il y a.” In Oeuvres poétiques. Ed. Marcel Adéma & Michel Décaudin. Préface d’André Billy. 1956. Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 121 (Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 1966): 423.


  23. from Tiger Country (2001)
    Tiger Country
    Dumb
    Civil War
    Disorder and Early Sorrow
    [your name here]


  24. Published:

    Gothic NZ: The Darker Side of Kiwi Culture, Edited by Misha Kavka, Jennifer Lawn & Mary Paul. ISBN-13 978 1 877372 23 0 (Dunedin: University of Otago Press, 2006): 68-79.
    Tiger Country (21 & 28-29/3/02)
    Disorder and Early Sorrow (26/6-22/10/01)


    Tongue in Your Ear 6 (2002): 5.
    Dumb (15/7/97-22/11/98-29/10/01)


    The Literature of the Civil War. The Imaginary Museum (9/4/12). [Available at:
    http://mairangibay.blogspot.co.nz/2012/04/lilterature-of-civil-war.html]
    Civil War (30/1/01)


    [your name here]: Life Writing. Edited by Jack Ross. ISBN 0-473-09551-3 (Massey University: School of Social and Cultural Studies, 2003): x.
    [your name here] (6-9/12/01)


    Notes:

    The epigraph to this sequence is quoted from the following passage:

    some Zen masters, speaking with their customary earthy directness, heaped scorn on Zen scriptures, masters, and images. One of them warmed himself with a statue of Buddha he had set afire. Another said, starkly, that the Buddha was a barbarian turd and sainthood an empty name.
    – Ben-Ami Scharfstein, “Introduction.” In Yoel Hoffmann. The Sound of The One Hand: 281 Zen Koans with Answers. 1975 (St Albans, Herts: Paladin, 1977): 10.

    Notes on the poem “Disorder and Early Sorrow” can be found in Paula Green & Harry Ricketts, 99 Ways into New Zealand Poetry (Auckland: Vintage, 2010): 364-66.


  25. Quasimodo’s Last Poem (2000)


  26. Published:

    Love, War and Last Things. nzepc (18/4/09). [Available at:
    http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/features/florence/ross09.asp]
    Quasimodo’s Last Poem (7/9/99-18/2/2000)


    Notes:

    From Salvatore Quasimodo, “Ho fiori e di notte invito i pioppi.” In Tutte le Poesie. Ed. Gilberto Finzi. Grandi Classici. 1995 (Milano: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 2001): 259.


  27. Seven Levels of the Waterfall (2002)
    Letter (to Lien Stevens)
    Trekking
    I – Hill Country
    In the Opium Museum
    II – Golden Triangle
    On the Frontier
    III – Air-con Bus
    The Débâcle
    IV – Ayutthaya
    To the River Kwai
    V – Rafthouse
    Erawan
    VI – Erewhon
    The Massage Parlour
    VII – Bangkok


  28. Published:

    Summer Book from Eye Street. Edited by Rewyn Alexander. ISBN 0254-0193 (Auckland: Bright Communications, 2005): 1-8.
    Seven Levels of the Waterfall
    I – Hill Country
    Ban Rim Lai (6/1/02)
    Chiang Rai (6/1/02)
    II – Golden Triangle
    Mekong Sunset (7/1/02)
    Lao-Burmese Border (7/1/02)
    III – Air-con Bus
    Chris (8/1/02)
    Daniella (8/1/02)
    IV – Ayutthaya
    Victory Chedi of Naresuan the Great (9/1/02)
    The Squirrel (9/1/02)
    V – Rafthouse
    Wat Tam Sua (10/1/02)
    Khun Phen (10/1/02)
    VI – Erawan
    No Fear (11/1/02)
    ‘Show a little compassion, guys’ (11/1/02)
    VII – Bangkok
    The Golden Mountain (12/1/02)
    Eurotrash (12/1/02)


  29. Stone Pine Lavender (2002)


  30. Published:

    When You Give so Much: Recollections of Alan Brunton. nzepc (6/12/02). [Available at: http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/authors/brunton/recollections/stone.asp]
    Stone Pine Lavender (15/12-19/12/2000)


    Notes:

    The italicised words in stanza 8 of this poem are taken from W. H. Auden’s “In Memory of W. B. Yeats” (1939).


  31. The Return of the Vanishing New Zealander (2003)
    I ♥ NZ
    NZ Golf (and English) Academy
    Boi-Boi on Karaoke
    Language School Picnic
    Journey to the West
    Index
    Mysteries: A Christmas Poem
    In the Days of The Lord of the Rings
    A Question of Faith
    Bonfire Gothic


  32. Published:

    The Return of the Vanishing New Zealander. By Jack Ross. ISBN 978-0-9864507-6-1 (Dunedin: Kilmog Books, 2009)

    I ♥ NZ (11/2/99)
    NZ Golf (and English) Academy (31/12/98)
    Boi-Boi on Karaoke (29/12/98)
    Language School Picnic (28/3/98)
    Journey to the West
    1 – Evening (18/6-20/9/98)
    2 – Clouds (18/6-9/9/98)
    3 – Countdown (18/6-9/9/98)
    Index (27/12/01- 4/3/02)
    Mysteries: A Christmas Poem
    The stones have eyes …. (6/10-29/11/03)
    Brought down … (10-29/11/03)
    There is no same word … (2/9-29/11/03)
    In the Days of The Lord of the Rings (20-27/11/02)
    A Question of Faith (22-26/3/03)
    Bonfire Gothic
    1 – Dogshit at a distance (12/1-5/2/03)
    2 – Diaphanous sails (30/1-5/2/03)


  33. Samsara – Breaking through (2003)


  34. Published:

    evasion 2.1 (2003): 21.
    Samsara – Breaking through (10-23/1/03)


    Notes:

    A tulpa is an embodied thought-form, as described in Alexandra David-Néel’s Magic and Mystery in Tibet (1931).


  35. Love in Wartime (2003)
    Carl sniffed
    1 – Porphyry skyline
    2 – Rhinoceros
    3 – Entering the world again
    SEX is natural
    4 – Bright Flowers
    5 – You just don’t have the sympathy
    6 – Stops when you watch it


  36. Published:

    Love in Wartime. By Jack Ross (Wellington: Pania Press, 2007)

    Carl sniffed (12/1-8/3/03)
    1 – Porphyry skyline (26/2-1/3/03)
    2 – Rhinoceros (13/2-1/3/03)
    3 – Entering the world again (11/1-2/3/03)
    SEX is natural (8-10/3/03)
    4 – Bright Flowers (10-11/3/03)
    5 – You just don’t have the sympathy (10/2-1/3/03)
    6 – Stops when you watch it (17/8/02-6/3/03)


    Notes:

    The epigraph to this sequence, from Tina Shaw’s “Street Scene,” is taken from An Affair of the Heart: A Celebration of Frank Sargeson’s Centenary, edited by Graeme Lay and Stephen Stratford (Auckland: Cape Catley, 2003) 141-45.


  37. The Miracle (2006)


  38. Published:

    Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems. Edited by Paula Green. ISBN 978-1-86979-762-1 (Auckland: Godwit, 2012): 55.
    The Miracle (4-13/8/06)


  39. Three Sisters (after René Char) (2004)
    blue pharos love
    1 – in the urn of the second
    2 – twosies
    3 – shoulder your children


  40. Published:

    Muses (for Joanna Margaret Paul). brief 32 (2005): 95-98.
    Three Sisters (with David Howard) (9-12/4/04)


    Notes:

    Mon amour à la robe de phare bleue,
    Je baise la fièvre de ton visage
    Où couche la lumière qui jouit en secret
    . …
    – René Char, “Les Trois Soeurs,” from Fureur et mystère : Poèmes 1938-44 (1948).

    Translated by David Howard & Jack Ross [literal version by Jack Ross; sections i & 1 drafted by David Howard, revised by Jack Ross; sections 2 & 3 by Jack Ross].


  41. Zen and the Art of America’s Next Top Model (2006)


  42. Published:

    OBAN 06 Online Poetry Anthology. nzepc (28/4/06). [Available at: http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/features/oban06/ross.asp]
    Zen and the Art of America’s Next Top Model (17-24/2/06)


  43. from Roadworks: Auckland Geography (2006)
    O Canada!
    Tentacles of Destruction
    Asbestos Hands of Dr. J.
    DEATH & BEYOND
    Refrigerium
    Birkenhead
    A Sunday Walk
    This DVD contains everything you ever wanted to know …
    Newmarket
    Unsuccessful Applicant for Neighbourhood Watch
    Coromandel
    Blinds


  44. Published:

    Eye Street Book: Poems by Jack Ross, Raewyn Alexander, Rosetta Allan, Ila Selwyn, Alice Hooton, Jacqueline Crompton Ottaway & Lee Dowrick. Edited by Raewyn Alexander. ISBN 978-0-473-20575-1 (Auckland: Bright Communications, 2012): 7-14.
    Roadworks: City Geography
    Tentacles of Destruction (14 & 20-27/5/04)


    Poetry NZ 40 (2010): 76-81.

    The Asbestos Hands of Dr. J. (7/10/04-26/1/06)
    This DVD contains everything … (13-15/9/05)
    Unsuccessful Applicant … (29/9/05)


    Love, War and Last Things. nzepc (18/4/09). [Available at:
    http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/features/florence/ross01.asp]
    Refrigerium (20-22/1/06)


    Roadworks: Auckland Geography. The Imaginary Museum (14-16/6/06) [Available at: http://mairangibay.blogspot.com/2006/06/place-axis.html]

    O Canada! (30-31/7/03)
    DEATH & BEYOND (2-5/6/03)
    Birkenhead (21-22/11/03)
    A Sunday Walk (13-31/7/03)
    Newmarket (30/6-22/7/03)
    Coromandel (26-28/7/03)
    Blinds (28/2-11/3/06)


  45. Zero at the Bone (2008)


  46. Published:

    Our Own Kind: 100 New Zealand Poems about Animals. Edited by Siobhan Harvey. ISBN 978 1 86962 160 5 (Auckland: Godwit, 2009): 73-74.
    Zero at the Bone (12-15/3/08)


    Notes:

    Zero is the name of our cat. The reference in the title is to Emily Dickinson’s poem “A narrow fellow in the grass.”


  47. Papyri (2007)
    When you walked in …
    The Villa of the Papyri
    Sappho to Anaktoria
    Recipe for Making a Dadaist Poem
    Ode to Aphrodite
    Life among the Surrealists
    Atthis
    Mnasidika
    Fragments (1-7)
    To a girl who doesn’t care for poetry
    Juicy Root
    Virgin
    Sappho’s Epithalamion


  48. Published:

    Papyri: Love Poems & Fragments from Sappho & Elsewhere. By Jack Ross. ISBN 978-0-473-12397-0 (Auckland: Soapbox Press, 2007):

    When you walked in … (13/1-27/2/07)
    Sappho to Anaktoria (4/8-2/10/06)
    Ode to Aphrodite (4/2-28/2/07)
    Atthis (13/1-9/2/07)
    Mnasidika (13/1-11/2/07)
    Fragments (1) (22/2/07)
    I love magnificence … (13/1-22/2/07)
    Dying is bad … (4/8/06-22/2/07)
    The Moon’s set … (13/1-22/2/07)
    Fragments (2) (24/2/07)
    This pretty baby is mine … (13/1-24/2/07)
    – Mum, I can’t thread … (13/1-24/2/07)
    Last night you slept on the breast … (13/1-24/2/07)
    We love to hear … (24/2/07)
    To a girl who doesn’t care for poetry (13/1-12/2/07)
    Juicy Root (13/1-27/2/07)
    Virgin (13/1-27/2/07)
    Sappho’s Epithalamion (13/1-10/3/07)


    Papyri: Love Poems & Fragments from Sappho & Elsewhere. By Jack Ross. Signed Gift Edition of 20 Copies (Auckland: Pania Press, 2007):

    The Villa of the Papyri (30/3-2/4/07)
    Recipe for Making a Dadaist Poem (4/2/07)
    Life among the Surrealists (21-26/11/06; 4/2/07)


    Notes:

    These versions after Sappho have been greatly assisted by the literal prose translations included in Mario Meunier’s Sappho, Anacréon et Anacréontiques (Paris: Editions Bernard Grasset, 1932):
    • Sappho to Anaktoria [Meunier, 70-71]
    • Ode to Aphrodite [57-58]
    • Atthis [66-67]
    • Mnasidika [68-69]
    • Fragments [77c, 77b, 79, 76b, 75, 83, 87-88]
    • To a girl who doesn’t care for poetry [74]
    • Juicy Root [93]
    • Virgin [95]
    • Sappho’s Epithalamion [91-92]

    “Recipe for Making a Dadaist Poem” is quoted from Mark Polizzotti, Revolution of the Mind: The Life of André Breton (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1995) 145, as is the following passage in “Life among the Surrealists”:

    In August [1922], René Crevel, twenty-two years old and handsome as a god, had been vacationing with his family on a Norman beach when a young girl fell at his feet and begged him to press geraniums between her breasts. That evening Crevel, the girl, her mother, and an old woman named Madame Dante had sat around a table and held a séance. Within minutes Crevel had fallen into a deep sleep, during which (as the women told him afterwards) he had uttered remarkable statements. But the experiments proceeded no further, as Crevel, still in uniform, had had to return to barracks the next morning. [178]


  49. Eel (after Montale) (2008)


  50. Published:

    Corno inglese: An anthology of Eugenio Montale's poetry in English translation. Edited by Marco Sonzogni. ISBN-13: 978-88-7536-203-4 (Novi Ligure: Edizioni Joker., 2009): 218-19.
    Eel (after Montale) (25-29/4/08)


    Notes:

    From Eugenio Montale, “L’Anguilla.” In Tutte le Poesie. Ed. Giorgio Zampa. Grandi Classici. 1984 (Milano: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 1991): 262.


  51. from 31 Days (2009)
    April Fool’s Day
    Hiding the Lunch
    “The archaeologist of the present day”
    Three fits
    New Zealand’s Next Top Model Speaks
    Substitutes only need apply
    The Assassination Weapon
    The Darkness
    Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
    Mayday


  52. Published:

    All Together Now: A Digital Bridge. nzepc (24/8/10). [Available at: http://www.nzepc.auckland.ac.nz/features/home&away/ross-sydney.asp]

    April Fool’s Day (1/4-18/6/09)
    “The archaeologist of the present day” (5/4-18/6//09)
    Three fits (6/4-16/7/10)
    Substitutes only need apply (12/4-18/6/09)


    The Argo & The Wahine. By Jack Ross & Bronwyn Lloyd (Auckland: Pania Press, 2009)

    Hiding the Lunch (2/4-6/8/09)
    The Darkness (23/4-18/6/09)
    Mayday (1/5-18/6/09)


    Massey University: Defining NZ (Summer 2009/10): 7.
    New Zealand’s Next Top Model Speaks (11/4-18/6/09)


    brief 38 (2009): 46-48.
    The Assassination Weapon (22/4-18/6/09)


    brief 40 (2010): 9-13.
    Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (24/4-15/11/09)


    Notes:

    From Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, “Risposta a Sor Filotea.” In Obras Completas. 1951-1957. Prólogo de Francisco Monterde. 1969. “Colección Sepan Cuantos …”, 100 (Ciudad de México: Editorial Porrúa, S. A., 1977): 827-48 [837-38].


  53. Last Conference before Passchendaele (2009)


  54. Published:

    Poetry NZ 47 (2013): 93-103.
    Last Conference before Passchendaele (24/12/09-8/2/10)


    Notes:

    Most of the details in this poem were provided by Ian Wolff’s classic account of Passchendaele: In Flanders Fields: The 1917 Campaign (1958).


  55. The Jay Poems (2012)
    Jay & the Mail-Order Bride
    Jay as Line-Manager
    Jay & the Great Storm
    Jay Addresses the Troops
    Jay & The Economics of Happiness
    Jay on a Friday Night
    Jay’s Fear of Retirement
    Jay at the Pataphysics Conference
    Jay Finds a ’40s Photograph
    Jay on Fate
    Jay at the Glowworm Caves
    Jay Checks His Father into a Home
    Jay Gets His Hair Cut at the Mall


  56. Published:

    from The Jay Poems. brief 47 – The Mid City Arcade Project (2013): 32-36.

    Jay & The Economics of Happiness (5-25/3/12)
    Jay on a Friday Night (28/3-25/4/12)
    Jay’s Fear of Retirement (29/3-25/4/12)
    Jay at the Pataphysics Conference (29/3-22/4/12)


    Poetry on Posters Programme. Ed. Kelly Wilson & Iain Dalziel. Auckland: Phantom Billstickers, 2014.
    Jay Checks His Father into a Home (11/12/12-10/1/13)


    [unpublished]:

    Jay & the Mail-Order Bride (25/1-3/2/12)
    Jay as Line-Manager (2/11/11-3/2/12)
    Jay & the Great Storm (2-3/2/12)
    Jay Addresses the Troops (16-25/3/12)
    Jay Finds a ’40s Photograph (21-29/9/12)
    Jay on Fate (11/12/12-17/1/13)
    Jay at the Glowworm Caves (11/12/12-10/1/13)
    Jay Gets His Hair Cut at the Mall (13/12/12-10/1/13)


  57. Lounge Room Tribalism (2011)


  58. Published:

    Graham Fletcher. Sugar Loaf Waka. Essay by Bronwyn Lloyd. Melanie Rogers Gallery: 3-27 July 2013 (Auckland: Pania Press, 2013): 8.
    Lounge Room Tribalism (21/1-8/2/11)


  59. from Jueju (2013)
    Transcultural Imaginaries
    Make-Up
    On City Streets
    40 Bogan Anthems
    Inferno 13
    Thinking of My Father


  60. [unpublished]:

    Transcultural Imaginaries (for Yang Lian) (18-23/6/13)
    Make-Up (after Wen Tingyun) (6/9-1/10/13)
    On City Streets (after Wang Anshi) (6/9-30/10/13)
    40 Bogan Anthems (after Axl Rose) (24/8-5/9/13)
    Inferno 13 (after Dante Alighieri) (21/8-1/10/13)
    Thinking of My Father (after Liu Ke Zhang) (6/9-17/10/13)


    Notes:

    The second, third, and sixth poems in this sequence are indebted to the rhymed translations with facing Chinese originals provided by Xu Yuan Zhong in his Golden Treasury of Chinese Lyrics (Beijing: Peking University Press, 1990).


  61. 12-12-12 (after Dante, Inferno 1: ll. 1-30) (2012)


  62. Published:

    Xmas Poem. The Imaginary Museum (18/12/12). [Available at: http://mairangibay.blogspot.co.nz/2012/12/xmas-poem.html]
    12-12-12 (after Dante, Inferno 1: ll. 1-30) (11-18/12/12)


  63. The Other Side (2013)
    1914 – The Elberfeld Horses
    1966 – The Unknown Guest
    2013 – Rare and Obscure


  64. [unpublished]:
    The Other Side (21-29/3/13)
    1914 – The Elberfeld Horses (21-23/3/13)
    1966 – The Unknown Guest (21-24/3/13)
    2013 – Rare and Obscure (21-24/3/13)


    Notes:

    A more extensive account of the Elberfeld horses can be found on pp. 181-297 of Maurice Maeterlinck’s The Unknown Guest, trans. Alexander Teixeira de Mattos (London: Methuen, 1914). The quotation in italics in the second poem in the sequence comes from Bishop James A. Pike’s 1969 account of his own “experiences with psychic phenomena,” The Other Side (London: Abacus, 1975). I bought both books in the bookshop described in the third poem.


  65. Howard (2014)


  66. Published:

    A Clearer View of the Hinterland by Jack Ross. HeadworX website (#). [Available at: http://headworx.eyesis.co.nz/]
    Howard (5-6/1/14)


  67. Leaving Home (2013)


  68. Published:

    brief 51 – Transport (2014): #.
    Leaving Home (10-12/12/13)


[177 poems]



Graham Fletcher: "The New Order"
[from King of the Wood (2002)]





Thursday

Melbourne Notebook (2011-12)



The Tapa Notebooks are a special project of the nzepc: a collection of manuscript notebooks housed in Special Collections at the University of Auckland Library.

I was given one of these notebooks in mid-2011, and was asked to use it to record my impressions of Poetry & the Contemporary Symposium (Melbourne: Deakin University, 7-10 July) later in the year.

I started writing in it the day I left Auckland, Wednesday 6th July, and kept on recording poetry-related events and materials in it up till the end of February 2012, just as the new semester was starting.

The notebook was handed back on 28th March 2012, at the beginning of the Short Takes on Long Poems symposium in Old Government House, Auckland. Jill Jones gave hers back at the same time, and a number of new ones were given out (to John Tranter and others).


[Michele Leggott, Robert Sullivan, Lisa Samuels, Jill Jones & Jack Ross]



[Cover]


[Half-title]


[Title page (first state]

[Title page (second state]

[2011]:

[1]
Wednesday, 6 July - Auckland Airport (1):
Waiting

Departure Card

despite
the
smart
passport
the
card
is
still
printed
out
by
hand



[2]
Wednesday, 6 July - Auckland Airport (2):
Paul Klee's Pedagogical Sketchbook:

TO STAND DESPITE ALL POSSIBILITIES TO FALL!



[3]
Wednesday, 6 July - Auckland Airport (3):
Departure Lounge

Unicef Donation envelope

The idea is to put in your spare change
- & some people (to their credit) did -
It as wrapped around the earpiece
for the inflight entertainment



[4]
Wednesday, 6 July - Melbourne Arts Hotel:
Waiting

Brooklyn Arts Hotel

I dunno if I'm that glad I found it ...
So far it resembles some of the hotels I stayed in
in India more than a 'pensione' -
&, have you ever noticed, when you've been left
to cool your heels for half an hour
(& it really is cold here)
that it's always somehow your
fault - & if you make any kind of
issue of it, you really end up
the villain ...



[5]
Thursday, 7 July - Melbourne Bookshopping:
List of book purchases to date



[6]
Thursday, 7 July - "Poetry and the Contemporary" Symposium (1):
Victorian Trades Hall, Melbourne (opening session)

Poetry and the Contemporary Symposium

our
first
lunatic
- 'aliens
are
all
around
us
I
am
in
touch
with
universal
energies'
-



[7]
Thursday, 7 July - The Bella Union Bar
Pam Brown's performance / Dinner with Lisa Samuels



[8]
Friday, 8 July - "Poetry and the Contemporary" Symposium (2):
"The Poetics of Unimprovement"



[9]
Friday, 8 July - "Poetry and the Contemporary" Symposium (3):
Michele Leggott's Periphery, Carlton Gardens

Actions

Work, America!
Act old.
the as
theof
eaters of
paper nothing
woman ancient
often dead
construction Mediterranean
places or
and site
actions


work
America
the
as
eaters
of
woman
ancient
construction
Mediterranean
and
actions
site
or
places
dead
often
Nothing
paper
of
the
old
act


[10]
Saturday, 9 July - "Poetry and the Contemporary" Symposium (4):
Lisa Samuels on "Six Types of Experiment in New New Zealand Poetry"

Lisa's paper

was
almost
obscenely
interesting
to
me,
at
any
rate -
whether
it
works
for
everybody
else
I
don't
know



[11]
Saturday, 9 July - "Poetry and the Contemporary" Symposium (5):
John Tranter: "No-one wants an incontinent hostage"

Homophony

"Tarah, Dish!"
"On anew!"
Zeal and poor - it reedy
Find veg ...
"Ern!"
Ill, in't?
- Till his "fie!"
Nil dub.
"Ill, ish yew?"
Tunnel, even in Ock ...
"Toe-burr!"
None teen nigh.
Ten ate.



[12]
Saturday, 9 July - "Poetry and the Contemporary" Symposium (6):
Jen Crawford on the Singaporean poetics of "teeming"

Paul Celan

revealing moments of absolute truth
the eradication of the subjective
evacuating lamentation rather than
inhabiting it
violence at a personal and social level
an often desperate conversation with his accuser
the reader is led to the abyss that swallowed
PAUL CELAN (after Matt Hall)
doubly or triply resonant
the implicit power of sending one to their death
the story of Biblical creation
caught in the anguish of his own non-restoration
the real and absent cause of death
subjectivity arises from the fidelity of the situation
a naming of the void of history.



[13]
Saturday, 9 July - "Poetry and the Contemporary" Symposium (7):
Victorian Trades Hall mural / List of purchases

Readings

déjà vu

THE
BACH
ELOR
MACHINE

'A
lot
of
Borges,
huh?'
as
the
guy
said
at
the
counter
when
I
brought
up
my
spoils
He
also
told
me
about
the
Hill
of
Content
bookshop
in
Bourke
St.
...



[14]
Sunday, 10 July - "Poetry and the Contemporary" Symposium (8):
After-party at Heide


THERE'S A THIN
LINE BETWEEN
CLEVER & STUPID

[after Aleks Danko, "It's Such a Thin Line Between Clever and Stupid" (2008-9) Sandblasted mirror / edition 10/10]



[15]
Monday, 11 July - "Literature and Translation" Conference (1):
Monash University, Caulfield East (opening session)



[16]
Monday, 11 July - "Literature and Translation" Conference (2):
Memories of last night at the pub with Ruby Brunton, Jen Crawford, Maggie Hall & Martin Edmond



[17]
Monday, 11 July - "Literature and Translation" Conference (3):
Royall Tyler: The Tale of the Heike

Art & Design

clouds are the messengers
of eternity
we see
the consequences
of reading Bashō
& talking to
the dis-
tinguished trans-
lator of Sei Shōnagon
in my lateness
for the student
talking to herself
(if no-one else)
in Rm H. 2.22


[18]
Monday, 11 July - "Literature and Translation" Conference (4):
Emil und die Detektive

Two Confessions of Howard Fast

incest
violence
or unwanted pregnancy
are removed
from the text

circumstances
have prevented
her from being here
today but she'll
be happy

to answer
any questions
that are relayed
to her
via email

the first phase
involved the intensification
of a closer
relationship
with Chinese

The war mindset
shifted to
World Literature's
'Hu Feng
event'

contradicting
Mao Tse-Tung's
rectification movement
spearheaded
by Soviet

authors
such as
peasant's loyalty
to the
régime

let a thousand
flowers blossom
let a hundred
schools of thought
contend

Howard Fast
enjoyed
unequalled success
all 18 of his novels
every genre

such a
comprehensive
coverage
was unprecedented
till his apostasy



[19]
Tuesday, 12 July - "Literature and Translation" Conference (5):
Kafka / Aleksandr Blok

In the Tram

caught the
number 3
tram from
Swanston St.
all the
way through
St. Kilda
& the
suburbs out
to here ...

Woman: What did you see?
Little Girl: A Little dog.
Woman: Where was he?
Little Girl: In the water.
Woman: And what happened?
Little Girl: A big helicopter came down
for him.

Woman: And did they rescue him?
Little Girl: Yes.
Woman: And what happened then?
Little Girl: He gave them a big kiss!
Woman: And was he happy to be safe?
Little Girl: Yes.
Woman: And was his owner happy?
Little Girl: Yes.


Aleksandr Blok: Двенадцать / The 12 ...

Black: Night
White: Snow
Wind, wind ...
Whoopsie, over you go -
Wind, wind
Scouring the world

Windgusts scatter
flakes of snow
Underfoot
black sheets of ice ...
Watch out!
Ow! Poor you ...



[20]
Tuesday, 12 July - "Literature and Translation" Conference (6):
Aleksandr Blok: Dvyenadsat' / Paul Celan: "Die Zwölf"



[21]
Tuesday, 12 July - "Literature and Translation" Conference (7):
Dryden's Preface to Ovid: three methods of translation



[22]
Wednesday, 13 July - Day of Departure (1):
Tram Network / Preliminary skirmishes at the Arts Hotel



[23]
Wednesday, 13 July - Day of Departure (2):
Directions / Arrival at the Departure Lounge



[24]
Wednesday, 13 July - Day of Departure (3):
Damrosch on the canon / Conclusions about the trip



[25]
Thursday, 14 July - North Shore Hospital (1):
Waiting to see Bronwyn

Never give up (1)



[26]


Never give up (2)

when you
get home after an undisclosed
absence abroad (say seven days)
to find your life in
chaos wife in hospital note
in red ink left on
the coffee table explanations given
gratis by your father who
can’t hear the doorbell nor
is he aware of any
of the names of any
of the main protagonists it’s
a rainy night and nothing
for it but to drive
to the hospital (wherever that
might be) and fight for
parking in the truncated parking
zone – crowded out by their
new building – make your way
to the curtained alcove hone
in on the source of
disturbance see her hear her
voice breathe deeply understand the
cat’s hysterical reaction but transcend
it hug her tell her
about the presents you’ve brought
back for her leave her
behind eventually having been seen
(not moved) by the doctors
then go home
to sleep

(14/7-1/8/11)



[27]
Friday, 15 July - North Shore Hospital (2):
Third day of Bronwyn in hospital: waiting on tests



[28]
Thursday, 21 July - Mercy Radiology:
Derren Brown: The Events / Waiting on Bronwyn's ultrasound



[29]
Friday, 22 July - Burger King, Takapuna:
Stu Bagby's Poetry Day reading at the Public Library

Poetry Day

(Otara) South Side
HATO
Petera
Collage
14/7/11
4.59 pm
Shity
day
DTPB

Rachael
has been
here to take
mye shit!
4 you

BEES
ICLIT

Fuck Im Horny!
I'm holding out for
my gf who lives
in the naks
→ he's f ing
ya best mate

yo Biartch ! !
Ha Ha Ha
I can sp
I can
spell !
I can spell !

Fuck it when I die wanna
go to hell I m a piece of
shit it aint hard to fucking
Tell

Devo
Bitches

Jamie is Gay



[30]
Tuesday, 2 August - North Shore Hospital (3):
Bronwyn back in hospital again / Friday Poetry reading in Titirangi



[31]
Friday, 29 July - Titirangi:
Late Poetry Day Reading

Dark Night
Reading in Titirangi (1)

after "La noche oscura"
by San Juan de la Cruz (c. 1578)


Canciones del alma que se goza de haber llegado al alto estado de la perfección, que es la unión con Dios, por el camino de la negación espiritual.

The song of some souls who felt pretty chuffed to have reached that high state of perfection which consists of being asked (& paid!) to read out your own poetry in public, then have it reprinted in a special limited-edition chapbook ...


En una noche oscura,
con ansias en amores inflamada,
(¡oh dichosa ventura!)
salí sin ser notada,
estando ya mi casa sosegada.

In the late afternoon
anxious about rush-hour traffic
(not to mention the parking!)
we drove off to Devonport
to pick up Michele Leggott

A oscuras y segura,
por la secreta escala disfrazada,
(¡oh dichosa ventura!)
a oscuras y en celada,
estando ya mi casa sosegada.

Fortunately she was ready
already & even agreed
to leave Olive behind
since there was so little room
in the car for a guide-dog

En la noche dichosa,
en secreto, que nadie me veía,
ni yo miraba cosa,
sin otra luz ni guía
sino la que en el corazón ardía.

On the motorway
no-one noticed
as I chose the wrong turn-off
& had to go round again
to find the right exit



[32]

Dark Night (2)


Aquésta me guïaba
más cierta que la luz del mediodía,
adonde me esperaba
quien yo bien me sabía,
en parte donde nadie parecía.

Bronwyn was determined
to check out the exhibitions
in the Lopdell House Gallery
I’d set my sights
on Murray Gray’s bookshop

¡Oh noche que me guiaste!,
¡oh noche amable más que el alborada!,
¡oh noche que juntaste
amado con amada,
amada en el amado transformada!

O Café that welcomed us!
O waiter who made such a song & dance
over pouring out wine!
O elegant curly fries
& soft, buttery loaves!

En mi pecho florido,
que entero para él solo se guardaba,
allí quedó dormido,
y yo le regalaba,
y el ventalle de cedros aire daba.

When we finally roused ourselves
to tool off to the venue
in the ramshackle old lift
we found half the punters
flushed & loud on mulled wine

El aire de la almena,
cuando yo sus cabellos esparcía,
con su mano serena
en mi cuello hería,
y todos mis sentidos suspendía.

The musicians on stage
were strumming & bashing
their drums & guitars
so we settled in
for a bit of a siege



[33]

Dark Night (3)


Quedéme y olvidéme,
el rostro recliné sobre el amado,
cesó todo, y dejéme,
dejando mi cuidado
entre las azucenas olvidado.

I found after a while
I was starting to enjoy it
even after the crowd heckled
my attempts
to speak French

En una noche oscura,
con ansias en amores inflamada,
(¡oh dichosa ventura!)
salí sin ser notada,
estando ya mi casa sosegada.

In the late evening
avoiding the rush
from the Lopdell House carpark
we drove back from Titirangi
to drop off Michele

A oscuras y segura,
por la secreta escala disfrazada,
(¡oh dichosa ventura!)
a oscuras y en celada,
estando ya mi casa sosegada.

We got back to the flat
more dead than alive
to find the cat yawning
(unaware we’d been gone!)
so we turned off the lights

& crawled straight into bed


(1/8/11)



[34]
Tuesday, 16 August - Mairangi Bay:

I can't even tell

what colours
these are
in the dark

everyone knows
that he’s a
patriot

you guys
go too far
sometimes

anything
can happen
any time

she’s fine
she’s
fine

let it go
can’t you see
you’re on safe

ground?


(16-17/8/11-22/1/12)




[35]
Friday, 26 August- Objectspace, Ponsonby:
Opening of Bronwyn's Lugosi's Children exhibition



[36]
Wednesday, 24 August- Massey Albany:
Notes on the Oracle



[37]
Wednesday, 21 September - Massey Albany:
Creative Writing class exercise: Ut pictura Poesis

Forest and demarcation zone (1)



[38]
Thursday, 6 October - Massey Albany:
Creative Writing class exercise: Ut pictura Poesis

Forest and demarcation zone (2)
in the border area of Saariselkä (Finland)

(after Doris Frohnapfel)

pine-trees on a hill
shadowing further lines

of trees
snow on the ground

the branches
fence

open plan
big enough squares

to let out mice
small birds

but not let in
the larger predators

saplings grow
despite the weather

some have fallen down


(21/9-6/10/11)




[39]
Thursday, 22 September - Massey Albany:
Creative Writing class exercise: Ut pictura Poesis

Family Portrait

17 people

6 in the front row
7 in the second row
4 in the back row

7 ties1 bowtie
corsages in 3 pockets
suitsbest frocks

staring out at the camera
with thick-rimmed glasses
beehive hairdos

prosperous
not comfortable
chairs grate on concrete

at the edge of the lawn


(22/9-11/10/11)



[40]
Wednesday, 7 September - Massey Albany:
Creative Writing Class exercise:

Haiku (1 & 2)

Shambling

across the road
looking at nothing
except your phone


CARIB 4WD

As enjoyable as communing with
Nature is the comfort of cruising
through the tree-line boulevard



[41]
Saturday, 24 September - Objectspace, Ponsonby:
Jenny Lawn and me in conversation at Lugosi's Children

Oracle Box Answers

Clear your mind.
Don't try to steer the void.

If your heart is in what you do
energy will be given.

Tigers cannot be tamed.
The jungle is their home.

To be still in the midst of stillness
To act in the midst of change.

Step further back.
Don't ask 'could' but 'should'.

The fabric of the night
Shadows all who stand under it.

The ant burrows in the side of the hill
A pebble is a mountain to him.

In the Black Forest you wait
for a word in the heart ...


(26/8-30/9/11)



[42]
Monday, 31 October - Mairangi Bay:
Poem for Ka Mate Ka Ora translation issue

Marie de France:
Laüstic (I)



[43]
Laüstic (II)



[44]
Laüstic (III)



[45]
Laüstic (IV)



[46]
Laüstic (V)



[47]
Laüstic (VI)



[48]
Laüstic (VII)



[49]
Laüstic (VIII)



[50]
Wednesday, 12 October / Thursday, 20 October - Massey Albany:
Creative Writing Class exercise:

Haiku (3)

Peach blossom

on the windscreen
as we set off
to work

Pity what you can't change

How can one defuse
such personalities?

The girl with a grating voice
in your morning language class

The Machiavel manager
whose own thwarted career

as writer & researcher
has choked & foundered here

Deception is one way
Listen to what they say

with feigned sincerity
Perhaps you’ll start to see

admire what you despise
open – or shut? – your eyes


(20/10/11)




[51]
Friday, 23 December - Auckland Airport:
Flying to Wellington



[52]
Saturday, 24 December - Paekakariki:
Christmas Eve celebrations


[2012]:

[53]
Friday, 30 December - Wellington Airport:
Boarding Card

The Nightingale (1)



[54]
The Nightingale (2)



[55]
The Nightingale (3)



[56]
The Nightingale (4)



[57]
The Nightingale (5)



[58]
The Nightingale (6)
(31/10/11-14/1/12)



[59]
Monday, 9 January - Mairangi Bay:
Sent to Karl Chitham for his Dunedin MOTH exhibition

Choruses from
The Society of Inner Light

(6-9/1/12)



[60]
from Maui in the Underworld:

Opening Chorus (1)



[61]
Opening Chorus (2)



[62]
Final Chorus



[63]
from Kupe & the Fountain of Youth:

Opening Chorus (1)



[64]
Opening Chorus (2)



[65]
Final Chorus (1)



[66]
Final Chorus (2)



[67]
from Hatupatu & the Nile-monster:

Opening Chorus (1)



[68]
Opening Chorus (2)



[69]
Final Chorus (1)



[70]
Final Chorus (2)



[71]

Jay & the Mail-Order Bride

Jay didn’t know what he was
getting into
really

Fantasies of freshly laundered sheets
and folded linen
foundered on

the fact that she could
hardly speak his language
so he couldn’t

tell her how to use the
washer
ended up

waiting on her
instead
Once he slapped her

on the butt
while they were standing
at a bus-stop

Friendly-like
not roughly
what a fuss that caused!

He had to face it
However angry
and determined

you may be
sheer incomprehension
is a weapon

hard to overcome


(25-26/1/12)


[72]

Jay as Line-Manager

I trust you have not dis-
seminated your views

on the committee’s decision
to anyone other than

the present addressee
freedom of speech

– of course –
is a central value

of the workplace
it is not an open

invitation
to opine ...


(2/11/11-3/2/12)


[73]

Jay & the Great Storm

Snow like a wall of salt
dissolving

A wind as physical
as any tackle

Cold like a hammer
clawing at your ear

Cling to those children
in the haystack

dead though
they may be

The need to survive
outweighs

humility


(2-3/2/12)


[74]
Thursday, 16 February - Auckland Airport:
Leaving for Palmerston North




[75]
Thursday, 16 February - Palmerston North
SEMS [School of English & Media Studies] Staff Summit



[76]


Jay Addresses the Troops

Treat your professional life
like your love life
know when it’s time
to stop

Cherish the fruits
of your labours
like baby photos
look on them fondly

but don’t read them
I’m taking a guilty pleasure now
in watching you reinvent
yourselves

in interesting ways


(16-26/2/12)




[77]
Friday, 17 February - Palmerston North:
Staff Summit (second day):


WORKLOADS:
SO MUCH TO DO
SO FEW $$$

– in the staff toilets





[78]

INDEX

Dates & Locations:

pp.
1-4: Auckland to Melbourne (6/7/11)
5-14: Poetry & the Contemporary Symposium (7-10/7/11)
15-21: Literature & Translation Conference (11-12/7/11)
22-24: Melbourne to Auckland (13/7/11)
25-27: North Shore Hospital (14-15/7/11)
28: Mercy Radiology (21/7/11)
29: Poetry Day, Takapuna (22/7/11)
30: North Shore Hospital (2/8/11)
31-33: Titirangi Poetry Reading (29/7/11)
34: Mairangi Bay (16/8/11)
35-36: Lugosi's Children exhibition (24-26/8/11)
37-40: Massey Creative Writing exercises (7/9-22/9/11)
41: Lugosi's Children Oracle Verses (24/9/11)
42-49: Ka Mate Ka Ora translation drafts (31/10/11-23/12/11)
50: Massey Albany (12-20/10/11)
51-52: Christmas at Paekakariki (23-30/12/11)
53-58: Ka Mate Ka Ora translation (14/1/12)
59-70: MOTH exhibition drafts (6-9/1/12)
71-73: Auckland & Palmerston North (1-2/12)
74-77: SEMS Summit (16-17/2/12)

Poems & Fragments:

pp.
1: Departure Card [6/7/11]
3: Unicef Donation envelope [6/7/11]
4: Brooklyn Arts Hotel [6/7/11]
6: Poetry and the Contemporary (7/7/11)
9: Actions [8/7/11]
10: Lisa's Paper [9/7/11]
11: Homophony [9/7/11]
12: Paul Celan [9/7/11]
13: Readings [9/7/11]
14: There's a thin ... [10/7/11]
17: Art & Design [11/7/11]
18: Two Confessions of Howard Fast [11/7/11]
19: In the Tram [12/7/11]
19-20: Aleksandr Blok: Двенадцать [12/7/11]
25-26: Never give up [14/7/11]
29: Poetry Day [22/7/11]
31-33: Dark Night Reading in Titirangi [1/8/11]
34: I can't even tell [16-17/8/11-22/1/12]
37-38: Forest and demarcation zone [21/9-6/10/11]
39-39a: Family Portrait [22/9-11/10/11]
40: Haiku (1 & 2): Shambling / CARIB 4WD [7/9/11]
41: Oracle Box Answers [26/8-30/9/11]
42-49: Marie de France: Laüstic (1-8) [31/10-23/12/11]
50: Haiku (3): Peach blossom [12/10/11]
50: Pity what you can't change [20/10/11]
53-58: The Nightingale (1-6) [14/1/12]
59: Choruses from The Society of Inner Light: [6-9/1/12]
60-61: from Maui in the Underworld -
Opening Chorus
(1-2)
62: Final Chorus
63-64: from Kupe & the Fountain of Youth -
Opening Chorus
(1-2)
65-66: Final Chorus (1-2)
67-68: from Hatupatu & the Nile-monster -
Opening Chorus
(1-2)
69-70: Final Chorus (1-2)
71: Jay & the Mail-Order Bride [25/1-3/2/12]
72: Jay as Line-Manager [2/11/11-3/2/12]
73: Jay & the Great Storm [2-3/2/12]
76: Jay Addresses the Troops (16-26/2/12)
77: Haiku (4): WORKLOADS (17/2/12)

= 38 poems & fragments









© Jack Ross (2012)