Auckland Libraries: Poetry in motion

Poetry in motion

To witness a poet speak life into their work is like nothing else. Hearing it from their mouth, watching their body movements and sensing the deep creative expression in action can be completely captivating. Once the moment has passed, if you’re lucky, you will remember it. If you’re even luckier, the words have been captured and published in a book.

Goddess muscle

Karlo Mila

Book

This poetry collection from award-winning Pasifika poet Karlo Mila spans work written over a decade. The poems trace the effect of defining issues such as racism, poverty, violence, climate change and power on Pasifika peoples, Aotearoa and beyond.

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The savage coloniser book

Tusiata Avia

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The voices of Tusiata Avia range from vulnerable to forbidding to celebratory with forms including pantoums, prayers and invocations. In this electrifying new work, she gathers all the power of her voice to speak directly into histories of violence.

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Mophead tu

Selina Tusitala Marsh

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From the sinking islands in the south seas to the smoggy streets of London, Mophead Tu: The Queen's Poem is a hilariously thought-provoking take on colonial histories and one poet's journey to bridge the divide.

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Afakasi speaks

Grace Teuila Evelyn Taylor

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Afakasi Speaks explores the complexities of Afakasi identity, of those that, as Taylor puts it, "taste the bittersweetness of the space between brown and white," identifying as Samoan and English.

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Vunimaqo and me

Daren Kamali

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A collection of poems, coupled with images that deepen the words, channelling the many voices and the stories of those who found connections and shelter by the mango tree.

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