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…

30 arguments against the climate strike

The climate has always been changing Greta Thunberg is mentally ill Dinosaurs didn’t drive cars Greta Thunberg is flying back on a plane The world was ending 50 years ago Greta Thunberg should be in school studying It is a plot by the United Nations Greta Thunberg could be having fun like a normal teenager …

Great South Desert commended

The New Zealand Poetry Society are pleased to announce the results of the 2019 International Poetry Competition. With over 1,400 entries, the four judges were delighted at the amount of talented writing that was entered from around the world. OPEN SECTION Judge: Kiri Piahana-Wong1st Place: ‘Alumni Magazine’ by Margaret Moores from Cockle Bay, Auckland. 2nd…— …