Otago Daily Times reporter John Gibb was
uncharacteristically stuck for words at the launch of his
first poetry book last night.
''It's still sinking in. It's an achievement, I suppose,''
the veteran journalist allowed at the University Book Shop
launch last night.
Gibb (61) began writing poetry as a youth and his work has
been published in New Zealand literary magazines since the
However, the publication of his poetry collection, The
Thin Boy and other poems, was more than 30 years
in the making.
''I just never got around to doing a book of poetry. But I've
been thinking about it for, literally, 30 years.
''At my tender age, it is something of a photo finish between
the cradle and the grave. If I do another one, I'm mindful
that the lead time has to be somewhat less than 30 years.''
An ODT science and university reporter for the past 25
years, Gibb launched the book alongside Alexandra poet
Michael Harlow's latest collection, Sweeping the
Harlow was the 2009 University of Otago Robert Burns Fellow
and published The Tram Conductor's Blue Cap the same
''Poetry is a way to have regard for what we have,'' he said.
''Poetry can make intimate everything it touches.''
The Thin Boy and other poems and Sweeping the
Courtyard are published by Cold Hub Press.