The Rise of Toad: or a verse marking the anointment of a new leader of the National Party, 22 May 2020

All hail! Glad tidings O countrymen and womyn! The battle for the soul of our green and pleasant land is joined again: the banners blue unfurled and proud, stamped by the novel emblem of a Toad! Now just wait a minute, interrupts Simon the Unfortunate, before Lord Toad steps up nimble and lops his head. …

Automated for the People

Published as part of the Dunedin City of Literature Possibilities Project For a start we are all awarded a year off, paid to do whatever we want. Aeroplanes are out, so we board sailing ships and crazy coloured zeppelins. We live for a long time (if we want.) It’s true that most of us are …

Bat Flu

https://youtu.be/dNNABc4rKEE   At first it’s novelty. A chance to catch up on housework. Garden trimmers burst into life. Unwanted noise becomes reassurance, a signal of normality over the hedge. But the world’s grown strange beyond the letterbox. The Government prints money, gives it away. It’s early days: Cupboards still half full, accounts still in the …

Great South Desert

My poem ‘Great South Desert’ was recently featured in the New Zealand Poetry Society 2019 anthology The Perfect Weight of Blankets at Night. It features many iconic landmarks of the future. Te Ika a Maui and Te Wai Pounamu are amalgamated, welded by the gnarled spine of a metamorphic taniwha who manifested in the Great …

Profiled

Originally posted on Iona Winter:
Victor Billot lives in Ōtepoti Dunedin and grew up in Warrington, where he says ‘the natural environment was omnipresent.’ 🌳 With three self-published poetry collections, his work has appeared in anthologies and journals in Aotearoa and Australia. He currently has a manuscript ‘under consideration’ by a publisher, and is reading ‘A…