Sophocles is reputed to have said about sex when he was old: ‘‘. . . most gladly indeed am I rid of it all, as though I had escaped from a mad and savage master''.
Great-great-aunties - Neroli Cottam
Houses on Hills - Kay McKenzie Cooke
Wilding Pines, Southland - Richard Reeve
Charlotte Trevella is only 20. In 2008 she was selected as one of the top 15 youth poets in the world.
Andrew Strang was the youngest of 10 children, born in Invercargill. When he was six he moved to Dunedin.
Apples (for Odette) - Peter Olds
Haiku Season - Lyla K. MacGregor
A Potato Sonnet: Jersey Bennes for Christmas - Carolyn McCurdie
Kiri Piahana-Wong is a young woman whose poem Of books and bookcases appeared in the excellent collection Dear Heart: 150 New Zealand Love Poems (Godwit, 2012), edited by Paula Green.
Cilla Mcqueen once said: ''Handwriting is a daily practice and essential to the process of my work. I like that clear line flowing between conscious and unconscious mind, the patterns of threads inked by the travelling nib. The outside world impinges; the inside world flows out in language in a process of exchange between myself and the world through an invisible osmotic membrane.''
Words - Sue Heap
THEM WERE THE NIGHTS - Kath Beattie
First prize in the Poems in the Waiting Room competition has gone to Dunedin's Emma Neale for "An Inward Sun", which judge Kay McKenzie Cooke, also of Dunedin, said was "a well-worked poem containing fresh, vivid images which continued to delight, no matter how many times I read it".
William Blake wrote: ''Chaucer's pilgrims are the characters which compose all ages and nations: they are the physiognomies or lineaments of universal human life.''
The dog, whose every breath will lift and fall like a beating of wings