Socialist poet Victor Billot of Dunedin has returned fire on the misnamed “Taxpayers’ Union” who are now on the second year of their doomed campaign against him. Mr Billot says the Taxpayers’ Union have again attacked his poetry and Creative New Zealand for funding provided to the Newsroom website which publishes a weekly satirical poem …
I’m honoured to have my poem Rage Virus find its way into the 2020 Best New Zealand Poems edited by David Eggleton.
A thorough and rigorous review of The Sets by Nicholas Reid on Reid’s Reader (an abridged version appeared in the Listener on 6 February 2021) The collection’s Prologue “The Sets” presents the sea as daunting and as the centre of Billot’s own personal mythology, the place to which he returns for many of his most …
My friend and fellow writer Michael Steven has written a great review here on the Kete Books website.
Interview with Vanda Symon on Write On, Otago Access Radio, 10 February 2021
‘The Sets’ was published by Otago University Press in February 2021.
The danger here is because we live in the ‘bubble of the present’ some will believe the confusion being sown by the far right and conspiracy theorists, who now appear to be merging in a bizarre new ideology. It is important to resist this wave of dangerous nonsense.
The MP for Clutha-Southland
did, it is true, post on Facebook that
he had been door knocking in Mataura
when he hadn’t.
As Minister of Social Development I went hard, I developed people out of houses into cars.
Hark! Hark! It’s Dave Clark, riding his unicycle round the bike park.
My name is Andy Wyndzor,
I’m aged 60 or so.
Occupation not stated,
of no fixed abode.
Prezident Cheezel deletes lockdown,
deletes the World Health Organization,
deletes the memory of George Floyd,
then hunkers in his hunker bunker …
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. …
One thing I have noticed really ramp up in recent times is the profusion of conspiracy theories on the internet.