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, October 30, 2012
TUESDAY POEM - poem about bad movies and other delights
Tuesday Poem this week is by Palmerston North's Tim Upperton
and it begins:
I want to watch one bad movie
after another, and when I’ve seen them all I will read all the bad books, the bad, rubbishy books with their stock characters and ridiculous plots,
and then I will listen to Europop—
Who could resist that? Go
here to read the whole thing. The poem is selected by Wellington
teacher and poet Harvey Molloy and he says:
"Tim’s work has a strong musical quality. Sometime
during the writing of House on Fire Tim started to read the
poems of Frederick Seidel and the music of his poetry changed – the
effect on Tim’s work was akin to the effect The Sex Pistols performance at
Manchester Free Trade Hall in June 1976 had on northern music: a new brash
broom sweeps clean. However, as you can see, in Tim’s case the
musician is classically trained and capable of virtuoso performances."
Tim's excellent poem The Starlings is also on one of the
satellite Tuesday Poem blogs this week - it
can be found here. You can find poets as diverse as Craig Cliff, Kate Camp
and Saradha Koirala in the sidebar of Tuesday Poem. What's stopping you? It's
either that or watch another bad movie.