Recently published poems
I wake up thinking of Dunedin
spires, snow, literati. Proximity
of hill and sea. Dual kingdoms:
Hospital and university; Speight's and Cadbury's.
Hangovers versus higher learning. Spirals
on vinyl, the turntable of memory.
And what I would do for a feijoa wine
at Arc Café. An afternoon at Murderer's
beach. A picnic among swooping
seagulls, daisies. A bottle of red
clad in brown paper bag
and a flat-warming in North East Valley.
This poem was first published in the Otago Daily Times, 6 August 2016.
I. Brushing teeth with someone new
This morning you bought me nautical
toothpaste, loaded with tiny ships. I brush, sails
smash against iceberg teeth. We flash symmetrical
Shackleton smiles all day.
II. Sunday morning
Blondie Platinum, Velvet
Underground. Tar-sticky Venus coffee. A new mark
like a plum stain on the nape of the neck. Finger
bruises, hospital corners.
This poem was first published in Aotearotica, Issue I, Vol. I, 2016.
Annabel Wilson’s first poetry collection, the “genre-busting” Aspiring Daybook won the NZ Mountain Book and Film Festival fiction prize for 2018.
It is available in all good NZ bookstores or online through Makaro Press.
Further recent works can be found at the links below:
Quire - Meniscus, Vol. 4, Issue 2, pg 11
What’s the matter? - NB, July-August 2017