Poetry

Publication

I have a forthcoming poetry collection The Sets to be published by Otago University Press in early 2021.

I have self-published three collections, Mad Skillz for the Demon Operators (2014), Machine Language (2015) and Ambient Terror (2017)

My poetry has appeared in several anthologies, and a number of journals and magazines, listed here.

I have a number of poems and poetry related material published on my blog.

Reviews and endorsements

‘Ambient Terror is an excellent collection from the talented Victor Billot. He has his finger right on the zeitgeist, and accurately portrays the spirit of our times for New Zealanders … a very gifted poet who deserves to be widely read …’
(Laura Solomon,
Poetry New Zealand Yearbook 2018)

‘[A] rolling, blustering word-river of nanobytes, phrase chunks, alliterations and acrobatic satirical loops, held together by number-eight wire rhyme – great fun …’
(Piet Nieuwland, Landfall Review Online, November 2017)

‘Billot can be compelling and punchy. He is an exciting, wild noise, yet one supported by genuine imagination and ingenuity.’
(Hamesh Wyatt,
Otago Daily Times review 6 May 2017)

‘ … brilliantly wry and trenchant observations of our contemporary political culture and its mediation by pop culture and social media.’
(NB Dunedin Libraries magazine, July 2017)

‘Outrage burns on the page in this powerful poem … this is the kind of activist writing that can explode complacency and ignorance. I hope many people get to read it.’
(Bernadette Hall, judge’s comments on Nix Terra for Antarctica Poetry Competition, 2019)

‘Victor plays a significant role and is highly regarded in the writing and arts community of Otepoti Dunedin, both through his own writing, music and poetry and also as a collaborator and champion for others.’
(Nicky Page, Director, Dunedin UNESCO City of Literature, 2019)

Victor Billot is the real deal. A poet who is brave enough to step out all that is benevolent and unjust in our dark times. His poems are tough and tender and wise. He is a heavy-hitter who knows the whips and dips. Like all great lyrical pugilists he knows how to stick and move.’
(Michael Steven, author of Walking to Jutland Street and The Lifers, 2019)

‘Poetry is rightly still an important part of the New Zealand Curriculum. From new entrants on, poems are often more accessible to children than prose. We were fortunate to have Victor Billot come and present some of his poems to a George Street Normal School year 5 and 6 class in 2016. We had already read one of his poems Ocean of Tentacles and, in small groups, broken it down into tableaux or dance, so the class was prepared to perform for him as well. The children relished the creepy images and while the deeper ideas – ocean acidification and extinction – would have been unfamiliar, poetry offers a way to start thinking about these complex questions without demanding instant and complete understanding. Victor’s poems are lively, vivid and enjoyable. I hope he can share them with more students in the future.’
(Andrew Tait, Teacher, Tahuna Normal Intermediate School, 2019)

‘In 2018, I was coordinating a University of Otago core 100-level business paper called Business and Society. This course is a requirement for all BCom students to pass and accordingly had approximately 400 students each semester. While browsing for material to pull together the diverse variety of topics near the end of the course, I discovered the poetry of Victor Billot and thought it would be a novel way of presenting how the themes we had covered are relevant in discourses beyond ones traditionally covered in business schools. When I approached Victor and asked him if he would read some poems and answer questions, he was amenable and interested in the opportunity to perform to a captive audience. The students on the whole found Victor’s poetry relevant and challenging. Many of them commented how well his themes matched what we had been studying. It was a great success, and Victor’s commanding presence made a strong impression on the students.’
(Angela Howell, former Teaching Fellow, University of Otago, 2019)

 

 

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