Ambient Terror  – a forthcoming review from Takahē

Takahē magazine and Shelley Chappell have kindly given permission for this review by Shelley to appear in advance of publication in the forthcoming issue 92 of Takahē.

Victor Billot is a Dunedin writer of poetry and short stories, also known for his work as a parliamentary candidate. A publicist for Otago University Press, he also sidelines as a vocalist for post punk band, Alpha Plan. Ambient Terror is his third collection of poetry, launched at the Dunedin Writers & Readers Festival in May 2017. Continue reading

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A tickle and a whack from the critics?

A mixed review for Ambient Terror by Nicholas Reid this week who feels the book is suited more to a live environment.

“Billot in his collection Ambient Terror practises poetry as provocation, as direct social, political and historical commentary, as satire and as protest . . . if I were at a poetry evening in a pub or city bar, I think I would enjoy listening to Victor Billot reading his poetry.”

“But here’s my problem (and, dare I say it, the problem of most performance poetry). Once you see such poems in cold print on the page, they often fall apart. Their populist rhetoric, their tricks and their political appeals lack nuance or (in many cases) craft.”

We appreciate all views and reviews positive, negative or wavering – make up your own mind by reading some of the poems on this site.

Book review: Other People’s Wars

OtherPeoplesWars-202x300Book review: Other People’s Wars by Nicky Hager (Craig Potton Publishing)

What are New Zealand soldiers doing in the Middle East?

The accepted wisdom is that “we” are there for humanitarian purposes, assisting the rebuilding of a broken society, as part of a wider battle against terrorism and for democracy.

Not so. Continue reading