Monday, 12 November 2007
A Sliver of Kiwi!
For those of you curious, about what's gong on with NZ writing, the following sites may be helpful: Lumiere and Leaf Salon
- they are but a tiny sliver of two of the busy hives that make up NZ's writing scene. There's so much more happening than what this represents, but these happen to be two of the few sites that report on such things.
And my kiwi poet today is Bernadette Hall
Bernadette is an awesome poet and a most lovely person. You can read some of her poetry on the above site. Bernadette is one of the first poets to really encourage my own poetry. She won't even remember, but her handwritten note on the bottom of a letter accepting a poem of mine for the Christchurch newspaper's Poetry Corner, gave me a real boost. It was such an encouragement for me, an unpublihed writer at that time. It was about ten years ago now - or more. All the note said was, 'I really like your writing!' That's all. But it meant the world because here was an established poet whose poetry I loved giving my faltering attempts at writing poetry, real credence. I will be forever grateful to Bernadette for just taking a minute to write those five words. But do you know the best thing? The exclamation mark. I LOVE exclamation marks ... and for there to be one at the end of that note of Bernadette's was something to truly savour. !!!! Thank God for exclamation marks!!!