Poetry day here in New Zealand yesterday, and last night we went to a reading by Bill Manhire and Glen Colquhoun, fundraising for a statue of one of our local New Zealand poets, James K Baxter.  Packed-out venue and totally enjoyable.

One of James K Baxter’s poems that I have always loved:


Alone we are born
and die alone:
Yet see the red-gold cirrus
Over snow-mountain shine.

Upon the upland road
Ride easy, stranger:
Surrender to the sky
Your heart of anger.

…and an ever loyal Rod reading my poetry book outside Paige’s bookshop.

10 thoughts on “POETRY DAY

  1. This whole post is so intriguing. I let out a sigh at the thought of festivities for National Poetry Day. Truly enjoyed the Baxter poem you posted – several cuts above, that one! Lastly, the picture – it caught my eye firstly because of the name of the bookshop (I named my daughter that!), but the whole thing begs the question – what book of poetry?

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