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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.





    Murdo Macleod: The Summer Isles from Loch Broom (2012)


  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.




    Kirsty Black: Except Once (2012)


  5. Except Once (1998)


  6. Published:

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




    Theresia Liemlienio Marshall, ed.: When the Sea Goes Mad at Night (1999)


  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.




    Jack Ross (2005)


  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 expounded in the preface to his 1897 novel The Nigger of the ‘Narcissus’.




    Bartolomeo Veneto: Lucrezia Borgia (c.1520)


  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.




    Queen Street (2002)


  17. Auckland Girl (1999)


  18. Published:

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




    Jack Ross: The Britney Suite (2001)


  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:

    Il y a des petits ponts épatants
    Il y a mon coeur qui bat pour toi
    Il y a une femme triste sur la route
    Il y a un beau petit cottage dans un jardin
    Il y a six soldats qui s’amusent comme des fous
    – Guillaume Apollinaire, “Il y a,” from Poèmes à Lou [Ombre de mon amour] XXXI (1915).

    Text from Guillaume Apollinaire, Oeuvres poétiques. Ed. Marcel Adéma & Michel Décaudin. Préface d’André Billy. 1956. Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, 121 (Paris: Éditions Gallimard, 1966): 423.




    Misha Kavka, Jennifer Lawn & Mary Paul, ed.: Gothic NZ: The Darker Side of Kiwi Culture (2006)


  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.




    Salvatore Quasimodo (1901-1968)


  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:

    La mia ombra è su un altro muro
    d’ospedale. Ho fiori e di notte
    invito i pioppi e i platani del parco,
    alberi di foglie cadute, non gialle,
    quasi bianche
    . …
    – Salvatore Quasimodo, “Ho fiori e di notte invito i pioppi" (Ospedale di Sesto S. Giovanni novembre 1965).

    Text from Salvatore Quasimodo, Tutte le Poesie. Ed. Gilberto Finzi. Grandi Classici. 1995 (Milano: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 2001): 259.




    Raewyn Alexander, ed.: Summer Book from Eye Street (2007)


  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)




    Alan Brunton (1946-2002)


  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)




    René Char (1907-1988)


  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)




    Raewyn Alexander, ed.: Eye Street Book (2012)


  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]




    Marco Sonzogni, ed.: Corno Inglese (2009)


  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:

    L’anguilla, la sirena
    dei mari freddi che lascia il Baltico
    per giungere ai nostri mari
    – Eugenio Montale, “L’Anguilla,” from La bufera e altro (1956).”.

    Text from Eugenio Montale, Tutte le Poesie. Ed. Gilberto Finzi. Grandi Classici. 1995 (Milano: Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, 2001): 259.




    Teryl-Leigh: Surprise


  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:

    The poem "Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz" samples from a passage in her “Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz.” The complete text of this essay can be found in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, 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].




    Leon Wolff: In Flanders Fields (1958)


  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)




    Graham Fletcher: "Untitled", from Lounge Room Tribalism (2009-10)


  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)




    Xu Yuan Zhong: Golden Treasury of Chinese Lyrics (1990)


  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).




    Ponsonby (1960s)


  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)




    Maurice Maeterlinck: The Unknown Guest (1914)


  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:

    From A Clearer View of the Hinterland by Jack Ross. HeadworX website (8/9/14). [Available at: http://headworx.eyesis.co.nz/poetry/clearer_sample]
    Howard (5-6/1/14)




    Akaroa Harbour


  67. Leaving Town (2013)


  68. Published:

    brief 51 – the outer link (2014): 5.
    Leaving Town (10-12/12/13)




    [177 poems]




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