Best New Zealand Poems 2003

Edited and introduced by Robin Dudding

Crikey! Who would have thought that Wellington’s International Institute of Modern Letters could provide hazardous training experience for putative judges of Pop Idol. How, for goodness sake, can turning 4000 would-be warblers into a double handful of recordable (?) artists compare with filtering out 25 poems from a box housing numberless hopefuls? No ‘round up the usual suspects’ procedure can possibly suffice when you discover that, just as every New Zealander thinks singing for supper is a piece of cake, every second one writes poems and manages to get them published. Read on >