To Eleanor, With Love

A lot has been written about Eleanor Catton’s interview on liveMint TV and Sean Plunket’s response to that interview (see The Dim Post, Gordon Campbell, Morgan Godfery). What was overlooked in the kerfuffle were Catton’s comments about New Zealanders’ reluctance to express firm beliefs, in particular the beliefs New Zealand writers hold about writing. Catton said: But I think it is always a … More To Eleanor, With Love

Tuesday Poem: ‘Phoenix Foundation’ by Harry Ricketts

Phoenix Foundation (for Will) ‘Ent-tnt’: that was what you used to call an elephant. You’d say ‘I carry you’ when you wanted to be picked up. Each time we read that page in Peter and Jane where the farmer is getting ready for work, you’d shout out ‘Boots on!’ because on walks you wore your … More Tuesday Poem: ‘Phoenix Foundation’ by Harry Ricketts

Tuesday Poem: ‘El Prado’ by Harry Ricketts

El Prado A damp morning, just a touch nippy for January. You’re here in this indoor meadow, this art-house barn, randy for epiphany, or at least hoping to be surprised. So Raphael’s Transfiguration is certainly dramatic – in fact, quite literally uplifting. So why does that boy agoggle at Christ levitating leave you cold? Thirty-five … More Tuesday Poem: ‘El Prado’ by Harry Ricketts