I wonder, when he dies, if I will rest
in a place of judgement. He was a good father,
or he was my father, or he was the husband
of my mother, a person of small kindnesses; blues and greens—purple
flowers he dug in the garden; a son who once cried
for his mother at Christmas; who always bought
perfume for his wife. Today he is just my father
who has had his catheter tube removed
and must continue to rest…

From ‘Running with my Father’

From WORK:
‘Addis Ababa’ in Best New Zealand Poems 2015
‘Running with my Father’ in Sport 42
‘The Holiday’ in Sport 38

From A Man Runs into a Woman:
‘Mountains’ in Best New Zealand Poems 2012
‘Dennis Dowthitt’ in Best New Zealand Poems 2010
‘When the Sister Walks’ on Tuesday Poem
‘The Geographer’ in Sport 39
‘The Forest’ and ‘Embossed’ in Turbine 2009

‘Playing Dead’ in Turbine 2017
‘Christmas’ and two other poems in Turbine 2013
‘Rescue Story’ and two other poems in Segue 11: Fall 2013 (US)
‘The Drop Distance’ in Best New Zealand Poems 2007
‘Measures’ and three other poems in in Trout 17