Author(s): Edited by Steve Braunias
An anthology of new New Zealand verse, which first appeared in the popular Friday Poem slot in The Spinoff website. It features some of the most well-known and established names in New Zealand poetry as well as new, exciting writers. It is a showcase of New Zealand poetry.
It includes hilarious poems about Deidre Barlow from Coronation Street and Monica Geller from Friends, and there are also many beautiful, touching poems about love, death, children, and the New Zealand way of life. As editor, Steve Braunias has chosen 100 poems which are simple to understand, and a pleasure to read.
“Something exciting is happening in New Zealand poetry, a sort of revolution,” claims Steve Braunias in his introduction to this stunning new anthology of 100 poems. As literary editor at The Spinoff, he has published new poetry every Friday for the past four years.
Along the way introduced the phenomenal Hera Lindsay Bird to a wide audience, and discovered startling and often hilarious work by other young women poets. The best of their poems appear here alongside writing by established poets such as Sam Hunt, Bill Manhire, poet laureate Selina Tusitala Marsh, Elizabeth Smither, Brian Turner, and Ashleigh Young. It also finds room for former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig.
Observations on our way of life, Pasifika voices, te reo, satire, confession, love poetry, poetry for funerals, a poem for Anzac Day – The Friday Poem is New Zealand poetry at its best.