Monday, May 15, 2017
broadsheet No.19 features Peter Bland
The latest issue of , features the major New Zealand poet Peter Bland, recipient of the 2011 New Zealand Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry.
The issue includes tributes by friends and colleagues and celebrates his contribution to New Zealand poetry.Others included are: Fleur Adcock, Gordon Challis, Glenn Colquhoun, Marilyn Duckworth, Riemke Ensing, Michael Harlow, Kevin Ireland, Louis Johnson, Kapka Kassabova, Bob Orr, Vincent O’Sullivan, A G Pettet (Australia), Gus Simonovic, Elizabeth Smither, C K Stead.
Editor Mark Pirie writes in the Preface:“Peter Bland (actor/writer) is one of the major New Zealand poets, and the recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry in 2011. He was first known to me as an actor in (1985) with comedian Billy T James, which I saw as a teenager. His poetry I discovered at age 19, when reading through an anthology in my father’s library: (1965). The poets in this selection certainly interested me in writing poetry myself. James K Baxter, Louis Johnson, Fleur Adcock, Peter Bland, Alistair Campbell, Kendrick Smithyman, Gordon Challis and C K Stead were firm favourites. Peter’s lively poems of anger and experience spoke to me, with a suburban and domestic outlook, accessible and well crafted. Poems like ‘Death of a Dog’ live with me still.
I never expected to be featuring/publishing Peter, 20 something years on from first reading him, let alone some of the poets he has invited to be in this issue with him, who I first read in that above-mentioned anthology. It’s nice to make this issue a tribute to Peter’s poetry and contribution to our literature.
Peter has kindly sent a brief note as an introduction:
Thanks to those who contributed to Peter’s issue and shared my feelings for celebrating his impressive oeuvre in New Zealand poetry.A few poets outside the feature are included: A G Pettet from Brisbane, an editor of the international series, and Gus Simonovic from Auckland, an innovative entrepreneur, publisher and poet.
Mark Pirie, Wellington, May 2017″