Home About ART WRITING INTERVIEWS THE BIG IDEA Challenge It All In Your Artistic Practice ... POETRY SHELF AUP New Poets Six. I do feel comfortable using a more relaxed style of punctuation because it opens bits of a poem more to interpretation – I don’t think my grammar is casual, though. The father is wakened by a teething baby at night. How do you think your present surroundings/ being from Aotearoa New Zealand impacts the way you write? Tokyo was where he discovered his passion for Kabuki theatre and Japanese film and literature. I guess the line is more a reflection of my own feelings of displacement i.e. I was told to use capitals for words like ‘Russian’ and stuff like that, though, and I didn’t mind that. The poets: Aiwa Pooamorn, Nina Powles, Vanessa Crofskey, Wen-Juenn Lee, Shasha Ali and Joanna Li . Chris to Vanessa: The poem PTSD memes for the anxious / avoidant teen: I find the grid form quite innovative. What do you think your poems are saying about that? I’m really interested in what you mean by ‘force of nature’. Vanessa 梅 Crofskey is an interdisciplinary artist and writer living in Tāmaki Makaurau. POETRY. They are a staff writer at The Pantograph Punch, have a collection of poems out in AUP New Poets 6, and often write about the water. When I get home I’m often too tired to really give them the best of me. Ben to Chris: How do you develop the rhythm and structure of each poem? But what draws you to lowercase? I suppose I’m interested in breaking up the narrative tone people assume, or the given pathway of a poem. Vanessa Crofskey’s poetry was already familiar to me but her sequence, ‘ Shopping List of Small Violences’ widens my appreciation of where and how her poetry roams. I loved the flow and sound of the sentences, but can you expand on what meaning the last line ‘the tree that grows in someone else’s garden’ has for you? Ben to Chris: Why do you write poetry? Vanessa Crofskey is a writer and artist whose style has been described as both introspective and “on fire”. It epitomises everything that is extraordinary and mystical about the experience of living one single life. There are white-out poems and black-out poems, shopping lists, and graphs. It went waaaay better than the hospital birth for our first daughter – Jo (my amazing) said it was kind of a healing experience for her. Vanessa Crofskey is a Chinese/European artist who moves fluidly between poetry, theatre and contemporary art. Next (Claudia Jardine) > < Previous (Sophie van Waardenberg) Vanessa Crofskey is a writer and artist based in Tāmaki Makaurau. I Am A Human Being is Jackson Nieuwland’s debut poetry collection, published by Compound Press. I’ve started to have very little patience for people who waste my time, too, because having kids means you have to be efficient if you want to achieve anything. IDK whether that’s what you meant, though. Kiwi Asian women poets have strong opinions. They can’t process orders now but please remember to support the bookshop and support the poets by placing an order that can be filled after the lockdown is lifted. He credits the late Taupo-based Māori writer and mentor Rowley Habib with helping him tap into poetry and original writing in his twenties. It comes down to our mother tongue, to languages that are imposed, expectations on how we use language, and our own private relationships with how we speak ourselves. Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today. For me his poems are deeply attached to home, to a way of grounding place, of establishing anchors. He credits the late Taupo-based Māori writer and mentor Rowley Habib with helping him tap into poetry and original writing in his twenties. This poem was published in the latest issue of Starling (Starling 10). I like space, and the careful arrangement of the poem on the page creates breathing space for the eye. The commas thing: well, I don’t usually like using punctuation at all for a variety of reasons. Being a creative person, it’s really difficult to settle into a creative process. There is love and there are longings. AUP New Poets 6 eBook: Crofskey, Vanessa, Kemp, Ben, Stewart, Chris, Jackson, Anna: Amazon.com.au: Kindle Store What ideas do you want to ‘get at’ in this way? Known for being both “introspective” and “on fire”, her performance salon debut at the Auckland Fringe Festival […] Chris to Vanessa: In the poem ‘Beauty‘, I’m interested in the ‘redaction’ technique you’ve employed. These ladies are not afraid to rage against the machines. Poetry / writing is definitely something that I come back to and is there in me; it will always come out eventually. A big shout out to the Sweet Mammalian crew for selecting it (Hannah Mettner, Magnolia Wilson, and Morgan Bach); I think it was the second poem that I ever got published, and it really made me think, ‘yeah, I can do this’. After completing the course at the Hagley Writers’ Institute in 2015, winning The Margaret Mahy Prize, his poems have been published in New Zealand journals such as Snorkel, Takahē, Sweet Mammalian, Brief, Catalyst, Mimicry, Blackmail Press, and Aotearotica. World War I didn’t just take place on distant battlefields. What motivates you to write about a specific moment in particular? Is there anything in particular that makes you feel more comfortable using a more casual style of grammar? I think there’s only a couple of poems that play with astronomical imagery. the poem oto (sound)). Why were you drawn there? Chris to Ben:  I like how you use space in your poems (e.g. It takes a lot of brain space to organise yourself in order to create art… I get very little time that I can actually allocate to that; it’s usually between 8-10pm, and I’m usually buggered from the non-stop day, so unless I have a specific idea for a poem that is churning away and I’m really motivated to drive that forward, I just don’t do it. For many of those who served, the war brought them to Auckland. Lol. As she navigates form, she navigates being comfortable in her own skin. Ben to Chris: Stepping back from poetry, how has the birth of your children changed and reshaped you as an artist and a person? as it stencils birth on the white page: The agile syntax (‘we glove the light’) signals a heightened state, the sense of miracle, the wonder. I sat for days contemplating its meaning to me. I have also drawn on quotes, which allows me to go directly to the source, or the essence of the person who uttered them. Which poem were you most surprised by, in terms of what you wrote or gained insight around? She advocates for complex trauma survivors and those with attention deficit disorder, plus is very funny and knows a lot about what snacks to eat. I am hard pressed to think of a poet who has evoked birth, fatherhood, parenthood, so beautifully. You can take someone anywhere. Vanessa Crofskey is the author of AUP New Poets 6 (4.67 avg rating, 6 ratings, 3 reviews) Yes, family is the glue that holds the sequence together, along with the poet’s astute and probing gaze into experience. AUP NEW Poets 6 launch: listen to the poets read here. AUP New Poets 6 Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey, Chris Stewart, edited and introduced by Anna Jackson, Auckland University Press, 2020. become that river and dissolve into the essence of I. You can read the full piece with poems here. Whitman is a celebration of everything that is light and dark in the human spirit. He was born in Gisborne, has Rongowhakaata roots, grew up in Manutuke and Matawhero, lived in Australia for six years and ten in Japan. Anna Jackson took over as editor with AUP New Poets 5 (Carolyn DeCarlo, Rebecca Hawkes and Sophie van Waardenberg). AUP New Poets 6 (English Edition) eBook: Crofskey, Vanessa, Kemp, Ben, Stewart, Chris, Jackson, Anna: Amazon.de: Kindle-Shop Wählen Sie Ihre Cookie-Einstellungen Wir verwenden Cookies und ähnliche Tools, um Ihr Einkaufserlebnis zu verbessern, um unsere Dienste anzubieten, um zu verstehen, wie die Kunden unsere Dienste nutzen, damit wir Verbesserungen vornehmen können, und um Werbung … Vanessa Crofskey (born in 1996) is a writer and artist of Hokkien Chinese and Pākehā descent. Aup New Poets 6 | Jackson, Anna, Crofskey, Vanessa, Kemp, Ben | ISBN: 9781869409098 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. There is so much in this anthology, poems about whale strandings, teething, dispossession, loss, the pain of physical exercise, the embarrassment of swimwear, the gravity of responsibility, the love you feel with the shiver of your skin, friends to watch Ferris Bueller’s Day Off with a parent to the rescue, cherry blossom, the chatter of 10.000 sea-gulls, clean sheets, rice, bathing a child, white washed pages, red ink and more. I do try to make my sentences sound ‘correct’. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. To be reading at such a human and humane level is significant. As artists, we are all searching for new ground. Is it instinctual? I want people to think about what’s been removed and hidden, and perhaps why. Every poem in this sequence hits the right potent note. I think that’s what beauty feels like to me, dangerous and bumpy, so it didn’t make sense for the way it was written to be glossy. She is interested in the space of contemporary language as an object of violent imposition, as well as a tool for intentional resistance. Getting to hear the three poets read at the online launch expanded tha audience, and am keen to make online readings an ongoing feature on Poetry Shelf. Vanessa Crofskey, our first poet to lead us to include fold-outs and colour in a poetry book (and excel graphs and arrival cards). We need poetry at a time like this and if we can’t buy books, we can read the books we have, and if we run out of books, we won’t run out of poetry on the internet, and if we have to self-isolate, we don’t have to be alone. I like making things out of words – things that sound cool and mean something. One poem fills a passenger arrival card, another completes a time sheet. How important do you think space on the page is to a poem, and what informs your choices about that in terms of form? Vanessa to Chris: Ben might have asked u this already!!! Created by ThemesIndep. Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today.Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. I find I write my best stuff if I’ve been thinking about poetry and writing regularly for at least a couple of weeks (I’ve heard it called ‘oiling the machine’), and sometimes I’m in that mode, and sometimes I’m not. yes! I explored Japanese film, theatre and literature for a number of years, and began to explore ways to fuse. She is a staff writer for The Pantograph Punchand has a collection of poetry out in AUP New Poets 6. Just as with Chris’s sequence, the poet produces poems that matter greatly, that broadcast self along myriad airwaves. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! 249341-F-A.rYur-r'l-,i~- . ' Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. I did feel a bit like I really had to get it down; the initial brainstorm happened very quickly, but it took me about three months to work on it. VANESSA MEI CROFSKEY. These poems are why I keep reading poetry, and why I very much hope Chris has a book in the pipeline. I had a similar experience in my early twenties. I have always been drawn into Maori culture, but it has never really accepted me. They are a staff writer at The Pantograph Punch, have a collection of poems out in AUP New Poets 6, and often write about the water. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. The Auckland University Press series devoted to new poets was launched in 1999 and featured the work of Anna Jackson, Sarah Quigley and Raewyn Alexander. I think that most of the poetry I read comes from NZ poets; I like to keep up to date with the contemporary journals, and of course there may be some features of language that happen subconsciously in my poems that are just because I’m ‘a New Zealander’, but putting ‘New Zealandness’ into my poems is not something that is ever at the forefront of my mind when I sit down to write. He  considers rage and alienation but stresses these women write so much more. Vanessa Crofskeyis an artist and writer based in Tāmaki Makaurau. It was supposed to happen in hospital… but it happened on the veranda on the way to the car. However we are now at level one, the sun is shining after endless rain and thunder, the political point scoring is on mute, I am listening to opera divas in my earpiece, the bread is cooling, and I can return to the collection with more focus. There is political edge and personal vulnerability. So you’re always battling against something or clearing away the debris before you find your pathway. i’m so authentic i use chopsticks to eat macaroni, and go to ponsonby central to eat chinese, i don’t carry hot sauce in my bag but i do bring soy to the party, my favourite movie of all time is studio ghibli, and my dad is the white side of the family, every time auckland council says ‘diversity targets’, my phone vibrates, i get suggested ads for the national party in chinese, and that think piece on bubble tea is a redirect to my. Of being home when home is mobile. This was a challenging time for new books when many of us felt tilted as readers and writers, and our major contact with the world was via our screens. She braids the personal and the political as she moves into the truths of her experience. Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Vanessa to Chris: I am interested in how the domestic unfolds into the astronomical in your writing. I enjoy the feeling of potential when I sit down to do a poem. He carries Aotearoa into every poem, regardless of the setting, while his experience in Japan also deeply permeates his point of view. As a person: my priority is family. She graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a degree in Sculpture in 2017. Vanessa Crofskey Chris Stewart Anna Jackson Plus others to be announced In stores now: Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today. I am raising my glass and declaring this beautiful book well and truly launched. Each volume features three poets, a number of whom have since published highly regarded collections of their own (for example Chris Tse, Sonya Yelich, Reihana Robinson). “I didn’t realise that what I was doing could be termed poetry. What is the place of food in your poetry? The Fauvist movement, and particularly the paintings of Paul Gauguin also greatly influenced me. I mean, childbirth is kind of a cosmic experience. If so, thanks for the compliment! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. He regularly attends the monthly open mic event ‘Catalyst’, a forum for literary and performance poets in Christchurch. Vanessa graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor's degree in Visual Arts (2017). What is interesting to you, or important, about using the phrases of the original languages (without necessarily prefacing or explaining them)? Between 2003 and 2010 he recorded three studio albums with his band Uminari and toured in Japan, Australia and New Zealand. I find the poem deliciously quiet, slow paced, speaking of homeplace and ancestors, oceans and rivers. I Take My Virtual Body to the Sistine Chapel; Mapping out The O.C. And in AUP NEW POETS 6 (our second in the new format, this time a book in rumpled bed sheets), the poets turn things inside out and upside down. Now I am luxuriating in the way a sequence of poem unfolds, the way it takes you surprise and transports heart and mind. Most importantly, he is a son, a brother, a husband, and a father. What work do you want juxtaposition and imagery to do in your poems? STAY HOME DIARY. Do you mean they seem powerful in some way? There are holes in the telling, dust-like veils, and startling images. I definitely edit stuff if I think it needs to ‘sound better’ or if there are awkward sentence structures that need ‘smoothing out’. It was one of those poems that was like an ice sculpture; the big block of ice was frozen in place quite early, and the chipping away of small pieces around the edges happened bit by bit over time until I kind of just knew it was done. Vanessa has published and presented widely as an interdisciplinary artist – in performance spaces, galleries, festivals plus digital and print publications. i’m so authentic i use chopsticks to eat macaroni watch hentai on my huawei and go to ponsonby central to eat chinese i don’t… Read More. I will often draw humanity in with affection, then in the next line, throw it away in disgust. Anna Jackson’s lithe introduction (which I read after reading the poems as is my habit) confirms her role as an astute and surefooted editor of this series, with her fine eye for poetry that holds and satisfies attention regardless of the world that bombards. Post-it notes and shopping lists, Japanese monks and children's lungs: AUP New Poets 6 is a deep dive into the rich diversity of New Zealand poetry today.Relaunched under the editorship of Anna Jackson in 2019, AUP New Poets 6 includes substantial selections from the poetry of Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. Luckily, the midwife was there! and commenting on what it looked like and what it meant. I love this collection, which brings together three such different poets as Ben Kemp, Vanessa Crofskey and Chris Stewart. The poem/vessel is so short/small, but I feel that I was able to get both Japanese and Maori words/images to snuggle into each other comfortably. I think it is instinctual. Personifying the natural world enables me to express how poorly we treat it. I suppose I’m writing from a place of only just beginning to know myself and yet it feels like that is such a public journey, people put things and assumptions on you before you even make the first step. Vanessa Crofskey began writing when she was struggling with mental health at 15. In the darkness that is their light they are whole. For me, reading during level four was like collecting gleams and shards. IF I’M A WATER-BEARING AIR SIGN DOES THAT MAKE ME PERSPIRATION? Food is a sensory experience, the transition from material, to the tongue, to chemicals in the brain, to emotion is mind-blowing to me. What parts of Walt Whitman appeal to you, and how do you think they appear in your poems? Gravity was more drawn from the place and experience of the immediate post birth: The midwife was fiddling around with the placenta (we’ve still got them in our freezer!) The book is beautiful – I can’t wait to share my thoughts on it soon. Vanessa has 6 jobs listed on their profile. This poem was published in the latest issue of Starling (Starling 10). There is wit at work, but it is also serious – reading poetry becomes a way of listening. ABOUT. She has performed in Auckland, Wellington and Kuala Lumpur. Poetry, for example, is a way of becoming. How is it different to other structural techniques that you could have chosen to separate the units of meaning within the poem? She loves making spreadsheets and collages. She graduated from Auckland University of Technology with a degree in Sculpture in 2017. feathers in their hair, with paintbrushes for fingers and flutes for mouths. It happens in fits and starts. 4/23/2020 0 Comments Tāmaki Makaurau, Aotearoa New Zealand. I think it’s ironic that people own your identity more than you do yourself. Chris to Vanessa: ‘peak hour Kmart lines of salmon dancing’. Walt Whitman, because he so acutely mined his own consciousness, both evolution and devolution. I also want the line break to do work: surprise, ambiguous meanings, pace etc… In saying that, I do shy away from finishing and starting different sentences on the same line without full stops. Vanessa to Ben: Your writing spans several languages through words and phrases – from English to Japanese to te reo Māori. In poems, we endeavour to express emotions in a new way, constantly exploring alternative perspectives and all the space in between. The poetry welcomes both here and there. 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