New Zealand classic back in print

THE BOND OF TIME: AN EPIC LOVE POEM<br><b>John Puhiatau Pule</b><br><i>Canterbury University Press</i>
THE BOND OF TIME: AN EPIC LOVE POEM<br><b>John Puhiatau Pule</b><br><i>Canterbury University Press</i>
John Puhiatau Pule was a 21-year-old living in Auckland when he wrote The Bond of Time: An Epic Love Poem.

Pule was born in Niue. As a young man he gave voice to a poem about a great sad love he experienced and fitted in a love song to Polynesia. The Bond of Time was first published in 1985 and a second edition in 1998. The whole thing is made up of five-lined unrhymed stanzas, each self-contained.

The Bond of Time aches about things that could be and how memory and fantasy can bring up other feelings:

I'm writing of misplaced things, a shirt
on a gorse bush, an apple in the classroom,
a necklace in a sinking boat; a suitcase
of poems and love-letters on a ship,
a farewell on a wharf.
You are on your way, past romantic
towns, over bridges where rivers under
ripple with vibrations, as your body
ripples when I kiss and lick your thigh,
and love you till both are exhausted.

It is great to have this little New Zealand classic back in print.

- Hamesh Wyatt lives in Bluff. He reads and writes poetry.

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