The pond

like a portrait

in diptych, an 

screen, to 
sip at

one’s own mask

of nacre 
is your silence

like that? 

the cold reed

pads, a fish 


Steven Toussaint immigrated to New Zealand from the United States in 2011. He is a graduate of both the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the International Institute of Modern Letters, and currently serves as the Writer in Residence at the University of Waikato. He is the author of a chapbook, Fiddlehead (Compound Press, 2014), and a full-length poetry collection, The Bellfounder (The Cultural Study Society, 2015). In addition, his poems have appeared in periodicals throughout the Anglo-sphere, most recently Denver QuarterlyThe Spinoff, and Verge. With his wife, the novelist Eleanor Catton, Steven administers the Horoeka/Lancewood Reading Grant.

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The Bellfounder at Small Press Distribution:
Interview with Alex Taylor at The Pantograph Punch
Steven Toussaint’s blog
Horoeka/Lancewood Reading Grant