Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Tuesday Poem hub: the other Brian Turner
Tuesday Poem's hub poem this week is VA
Hospital Confessional by Brian Turner. Many kiwis will immediately think of
our very own Brian Turner, but this Brian Turner is from the US - and
has been selected by Christchurch poet and novelist Helen Lowe.
The poem is powerful and provocative, opening like
Each night is different. Each night the same. Sometimes I pull the trigger. Sometimes I don’t.
When I pull the trigger, he often just stands
there, gesturing, as if saying, Aren’t you
When I don’t, he douses himself in gasoline, drowns himself in fire.
Helen Lowe says : 'In the poem I heard
the note that I believe resonates in all great art and reaches out to the
listener, the reader, or the viewer: that depiction of what NZ poet, Dr Glenn
Colquhoun, has described as the "ache" of our human condition.
Part of that depiction may be gritty reality, another part may be compassion—both
qualities that I found in Brian Turner's first collection Here,
Bullet, a series of poems written during his service with the 3rd
Stryker Brigade in Iraq.'
Definitely worth a look.... and then click on the sidebar of the
newly-renovated blog to meet 30 Tuesday Poets and poems by them or others they
admire... Lynn Davidson, Jane Higgins, Melissa Green, they're all there.