Thanks to Donelle, the publicist at Otago University Press, posters and email invites to the launch of 'made for weather'are ready to go.
The painting is by Son M. and was done especially for the book.
The launch is to be on July 27th, New Zealand's Poetry Day.
After the launch, there is a Poetry Reading featuring 9 Dunedin poets and I'm fortunate enough to be the featured poet.
Wednesday night after work, some of us got together at the 'Robbie Burns Pub' to discuss the prospect of getting regular poetry readings going again in this fair city of ours. After the slightly hurried 'meeting of minds', with some good ideas as to venues and format being tossed about, it is now a case of Watch this Space. I will keep you updated as to progress.
In a rash moment, a co-worker and I offered to go into to work today (yes! on Saturday!!!) to sort out a woefully neglected storeroom. (Why do I do these things?) As it turned out, there were no cars at home for me to use, and so rather than take a circuitous bus ride - Saturday buses are like that that - I opted to walk.
It only took an hour. It was a fresh (see the snow on the hills?) and sunny day. All the way, I vacillated between feeling like a resentful martyr and a diffident trooper. I looked around, and yes, I was the only one walking. Everyone else was in a car.
As I passed by the railway station, I spotted these two resting engines. Something about them appealed, maybe because they represent how I often feel - the little engine that could ...
This car took my eye, with its cap of snow and Tweety bird and Taz car-seat covers. Classic.
As I write this, the Live Earth telecast from Sydney has been playing. There have been film clips that really make you think about what this planet, with the help of humankind, is spinning into.
At the moment the kiwi band Crowded House is singing the last song, 'Everywhere You Go, You Always Take The Weather With You'.
I feel very virtuous walking all that way today. In the end, the trooper won out over the martyr.