Monday, 30 April 2012

Words & art combine to melt my heart

I'm a sucker for poetry. My inner wordsmith wishes I could be succinct and eloquent enough to write good poetry. Listening to poets read their work aloud is a real treat. I'll hazard a guess that my heart will indeed be won over by someone who finds (or writes) me a poem, reads it aloud & melts my heart.

In the meantime, I will indulge myself with this delicious new anthology, Dear Heart : 150 New Zealand Love Poems, edited by Paula Green.

150 poems. I went searching for some of my favourite poets (Hinemoana Baker, Robert Sullivan, Apirana Taylor, Jenny Bornholdt) and was delighted to find them included. I've also discovered several new poets who I want to read more of, after their poems in this book touched me.

9 artworks. My favourite is John Pule's on page 109. It was the first page that I opened the book at, and it still makes me smile every time I turn to it.

I challenge you to find a poem in this collection & read it to someone you love. Guarantee it'll make your day and their day so much brighter.

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