Taxpayers’ Union versus Dunedin Poet: another instalment in the dumbest right wing campaign of the decade

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 …

The Sets reviewed by Reid’s Reader

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 …

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. …