Anita Arlov

Anita Arlov was born in Christchurch and now lives in Auckland. She emcees Inside Out Open Mic for Writers, a regular gig for poets and prose writers. With a team, she organised the New Zealand Poetry Conference & Festival 2017.

 

I began writing immediately after the February 2011 earthquake. In the ruins of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, next to my old school, an undamaged statue of Mary had turned round to face outwards through a broken window.

 


felix falling

Felix
falling
faster than sound
is nothing impossible
in the private sector?
Felix
falling
four minutes long
Buzz, the planet cambers
like a chick’s arched belly
Felix
falling
do me a favour
your mother still grieves
your speedster brother
Felix
falling
fully pressurised
are you sitting pretty
with the FAI?
Felix
falling
fallen und rollen
vom höchsten Baum in Opas Garten
Felix
falling
off the record
(what did Schwarzenegger
spill in the jacuzzi?)
Felix
falling
front page news
fucking focus!
Red Bull-Red Bull-Red Bull
Felix
falling
name your fantasy
a political opening or
PlayboyGermanPlaydateoftheCenturyGittaSaxx?
Felix
falling
for a moderate dictatorship
“People,
you just can’t move in a democracy”

 

 

 

 

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Also see Anita’s poem “In the Anteroom” that was joint runner-up in the 2018 takahē Monica Taylor Poetry Prize in this print issue of takahē 95