And talking of established and well-knowns; Bill Direen (who is as well known in avant garde musical circles, as much as in poetry circles) was the featured Poet for the night. He treated assembled, rugged-up Dunedinites condensing the cafe's window glass, to an enjoyable, high quality reel of poems. I was particularly charmed and drawn to his landscape poetry. In my humble opinion, Bill is one of our finer exponents of this particular genre. He is able to knit into the landscape descriptions of relationships so that the two, nature and humanity, meet and fit perfectly; naturally.
Other readers at the Open Mic were myself, David Eggleton, David Holmes, Angela (I've forgotten her second name ... but she's definitely a young poet to watch; she is an adept wordsmith.)