Showers over Windermere from Holbeck Lane near Troutbeck.

For Robin

December 13, 2018

Sam Hunt is one of my favourite New Zealand poets/performers (close friend Brian Sweeney used to be his Manager back in the day).

‘Coming to it’ features 120 of Sam’s poems, covering 56 years of work – and Colin Hogg’s book ‘Sam Hunt, Off the Road’ is a great new look at hanging with Hunt.

‘Coming to it’, … the poems were chosen by the poet, are undated and are not in chronological order – so no evidence of development, just sheer enjoyment of the poems as they come.

No Poem

I went outside

thinking there could be a poem

buried in the long grass

or down the banks to the river.

I scrambled down

swinging totara trunk to totara trunk

and landed on my arse

in thick Kaipara mud.

There was no poem to be had.



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