Welcome to the t104 Poetry Featurette, a selection of audio poetry from the new issue.
I asked several of our contributors to T104 to record readings of their work. I picked a new-to-me voice, an old-to-me-voice, someone who’s got an amazing reading voice, and someone who wrote a poem that I simply love for its poem-ness. Enjoy!
Aine Whelan-Kopa is an emerging Māori-Irish poet whose tūrangawaewae is Te Tai Tokerau and Taranaki. Aine has finally fallen in love with Tāmaki Makaurau, her city, where she resides.
Brent Kininmont is from Christchurch and lives in Tokyo. More poems can be found in his collection Thuds Underneath (Victoria University Press, 2015).
Jennifer Compton was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and now lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her eleventh book of poetry, the moment, taken, was published by Recent Work Press in Canberra in 2021.
John Allison’s sixth collection of poetry, Near Distance, came out from Cold Hub Press in October 2020. His poem ‘Father’s Axe, Grandfather’s Machete’ was included in Ōrongohau | Best New Zealand Poems 2020. A collection of new poems will be published by Cold Hub Press later this year.