Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Book Giveaway and this and that

Apologies, there is no poem up this week or next - I am madly trying to set myself up with the skills a self publisher/advertiser should have- namely being able to work Indesign to a reasonable standard.  And trying to compile an anthology.

But in the meantime why not enter the draw on Goodreads for a free Wizard's Guide to Wellington

Also this week I discovered that I am a finalist in the Sir Julius Vogel Awards - only problem is Wizard's Guide is up against some really awesome authors like Juliet Marillier and Rachael King in the Youth Novel Category.  The Full list is here.  But it's awesome just to get in - I was very excited  - and just as excited that my short story, Dying for the Record also made it!!!

So apologies fellow poets and lovers of poetry for not posting a poem today - but I did contribute to the completed communal Tuesday Birthday Poem, "Scratch"?  Definitely the best yet, and if you'll excuse the pun, it strikes all the right notes and is well worth the read. So why not check it out?

cheers,
A.J.

A.J. Ponder's books are available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, Paper Plus and good Wellington bookstores.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Tuesday Birthday Poem Conundrum

This is the week I am supposed to add my piece to the Tuesday Birthday Communal Poem - a jazzy number in self contained stanzas:

So comments anyone? - will almost certainly decide something completely different and post the minute I get out of school - hopefully before 4 - in the meantime - why not check out all the other verses that this is riffing off - :) here at the 3rd-birthday-communal-jazz-poem I think I already said that....

(PLEASE NOTE THE ACTUAL POEM IS NOW IN - and is neither of the poems below - I think it's much better and its here - the 12th stanza - at the 3rd-birthday-communal-jazz-poem)


12
Breathe, Lily, the air is rising
the yarn is fresh
the night is young
for hunting

12.
Breathe, Lily, the air is rising
the meter fresh out of notes
so easily plucked -
for this night
we go hunting

cheers,
A.J.

A.J. Ponder's books are available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, Paper Plus and good Wellington bookstores.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Tuesday Poem: Tuesday Fragmented (or Treasure Hunt)


Readers, listeners, fellow poets, I have decided to do a "found" poem with all the other Tuesday poems,it's been constructed over the two nights as poems have come in - I'm half hoping there will be a couple more.

(What I said after the first three lines) ok - I'm pretty sure this is the beginning - but where everything else fits in is going to be a lovely surprise - I might even have to change my choices below a little to try to ensure a cohesive whole.  What fun! 

What I say now:  Um.... I'll be back to visit probably to see if I can tidy a few things...

Tuesday Fragmented: (or Treasure Hunt :)


We’ll bivouac in the wind                                           Chant for the Return Home, by Mary Cresswell
careering magnificently along the harbour’s edge      Morning with my grandmother” by Ingrid Horrocks
one wing askew                                                                                Death of a Bee by Kathleen Jones 
below cadmium sky, in oily air,          The Autistic Cloudboy Visits Auckland Art Gallery by Siobhan Harvey
quick breaths of swooping wonder, multiplied                                                       Budgerigar by P.S. Cottier

until

for hastily imagined demigods                                                                 This is Not a Drill by Zireaux  
-wrought with golden and silver light,                  Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven, by W B Yeats
hung aloft the night                                                                                         Bright Star by John Keats
it's time to                                        Segment of Tuesday communal birthday poem by Mary McCallum
fall,
lost

in all this world                                                             The Weary Blues by Langston Hughes, jazz poet

the wet sheep stand blinking                                                                   the intercity by Vivienne Plumb 
upon the grass                                                                                                  Revenant by Tim Jones



A.J. (compilation of Tuesday poems Tue 9 April 2013)
please note - each line is linked to the Tuesday Blog in which it was found.

PS - fellow poets do not despair - so it didn't quite work as well as planned (all those annoying tenses, made my cunning ruse a little less cunning than I'd hoped.)
but just remember...

do not despair,
Tuesday may be tense, torn, fragmented -
but never forgotten.

                                                                                                    
Tuesday Poem hub
Cheers, everybody and have a wonderful week - and don't click on the feather because it's having technical issues - just click on this link to fly to the Tuesday hub, where a community poem is growing beautifully. 


cheers,
A.J.

A.J. Ponder's books are available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, Paper Plus and good Wellington bookstores.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

L(o)st by A.J. Ponder



L(o)st 

Mssng,
Sme tny dtls
Y wldn't ntce
ftr ll
Prntly thy'r nt
Nccssry

Svd p
Fr rny dys
nd lst n th nt



There we are, my lovelies - make what sense of that you will - I'm really forward to making some time tonight - or even earlier to peruse the lovely Tuesday Poem poets  right here on the Tuesday Poem link site.

 And some bookkeeping - for those who aren't aware - it's NaPoWriMo, and
 Oh yes, and Wizard's Guide to Wellington is having a Giveaway on Goodreads - so why not see if you can get a copy for free?  

Cheers,
and have a fantastic week :)
cheers,
A.J.

A.J. Ponder's books are available through Rona Gallery, Amazon, Paper Plus and good Wellington bookstores.