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As these words unfurl…

Capturing homegrown perspectives from three exceptional New Zealand poets, the latest iteration of our poetry ribbons present a moment to pause and reflect.

As the years twist on and the months form vines

and the days entangle and their minutes entwine

will you thread, then bind, my Valentines?

- Kevin Ireland

Kevin Ireland OBE, elder statesman of New Zealand literature, has works encompassing poetry, memoirs, novels and librettos. Spending twenty-five years abroad, he has none-the-less always identified himself as a New Zealand poet, and his ribbons are alive with his vivid imagining of time itself.

Kevin Ireland, Anne Kennedy & Tayi Tibble

Kevin Ireland, Anne Kennedy & Tayi Tibble

Kauri planks penned like wild horses under my feet 

and I bounce down the foaming moonlit steps 

to the garden where a cat scallops, and a hedgehog 

snuffles obliquely into the flax.

- Anne Kennedy

Award-winning poet, fiction- and screen-writer Anne Kennedy brings movement to her ribbons, her bounding prose communing with nature. The author of four novels, a novella, anthologised short stories and four collections of poetry, Kennedy has received the Prime Minister’s Award for Literary Achievement. Her latest collection, The Sea Walks into the Wall, was shortlisted for the 2022 Ockham NZ Book Awards.

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Having decided to become a writer at the age of eight, Tayi Tibble (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui, Ngati Porou) is an award-winning poet, her works reflecting Māori culture and her own history and perspective. Her debut collection, Poūkahangatus, was described by Anahera Gildea in Landfall as, ‘surely the breakthrough collection of the year, if not the decade’. Tibble’s fragmented ribbons speak of identity, the considered form working with the words to move the reader.

Half-caste daughters

of half-castes

about to fall into quarters.

- Tayi Tibble

These three distinct creative voices are taking part in this years’ Auckland Writers Festival, of which Deadly Ponies is a proud partner.

Intergenerational Play, a Deadly Ponies’ sponsored event on August 26th, will see Kennedy, Ireland & Tibble share some of their latest collections, discuss their influences and practices, and explore what connects and separates them. Join us for this invigorating discussion.